CHICAGO (CBS) — Bears fans with tickets to Monday night’s game against the Cowboys might wish they had a thick pelt like the actual animal when they head to Soldier Field.
CBS 2’s Courtney Gousman reports, by kickoff, it will be dangerously cold outside. Temperatures could be in the lower teens, and the wind chill could fall below zero during the game.
The good news for fans — despite the NFL’s new bag restrictions, there are still some things you can do to protect yourself and stay warm.
You can bring blankets and extra clothing. Just carry them over your shoulder, or inside a clear bag no larger than 12 inches wide, 12 inches high, and 6 inches deep.
Also, take advantage of the warming stations that will be set-up inside Soldier Field on the mezzanine and service levels.
Emergency officials warned fans to dress warm; by wearing layers, hats, gloves, and scarves.
As for the teams, the Bears practiced outside on Friday to get used to the cold.
However, players admit that won’t help them keep warm once the game starts.
“You can’t do anything,” linebacker Jon Bostic said. “Everybody’s been saying, since I’ve been here, everybody’s going to be cold out there regardless. Just go out there and have fun. You go out there and have fun, you’re playing hard and everything, you’ll kind of forget all about the cold.”
“This will be my first experience this cold I guess,” said left tackle Jermon Bushrod, who signed with the Bears this season after six seasons with the New Orleans Saints. “It is what it is. I’m looking forward to it.”
Monday night’s game is also notable because the Bears will retire former tight end and coach Mike Ditka’s number 89 jersey at halftime. Ditka’s jersey will be the last one retired by the Bears, who have 14 retired numbers.