From an email to Bears season ticket holders (STH):
We look forward to kicking off the 2011 regular season with you this weekend. We encourage you to come in to Soldier Field early this Sunday, September 11 so you don’t miss a special league-wide tribute on the 10th anniversary of 9/11/01. Player introductions will begin at 11:51 am followed by the pregame tribute. Please allow yourself enough time to get to your seats.
In addition, we wanted to list a few new features to improve your gameday experience at Soldier Field:
· Enhanced video board display with the game in progress information (time, down, distance, etc.) always displayed on one side of the large video boards.
· End zone LED panels will display out-of-town scores and fantasy stats.
· The second phase of flat screen television installation will be completed during the season. Additional televisions will be installed within the United Club and on suite levels outside elevators. Televisions will be replaced in the seating areas of the Media Deck, 200 Level Club, East Mezzanine, and South Courtyard.
· Fan Vision, the hand-held device offering instant replays, viewing of out-of-town games, NFL Red Zone and much more, will continue to be offered for purchase in the South Courtyard and other locations.
· The South Courtyard also features a Bears Pro Shop (opened last year) and additional large restrooms (entrance behind the Doughboy statue).
· Additional “Family Friendly” parking areas (alcohol prohibited) are being offered by the Chicago Park District at the 31st St. Beach parking area.
The Bears will continue to be at the forefront of the NFL recommended best practices for managing fan conduct. This initiative continues to include:
· A text number where fans can anonymously request assistance from our security staff (text the keyword “BEARS” to 69050 and describe the issue and exact location where assistance is needed). Fans can also call stadium security at 312-235-7999.
· An Event Services Team will be roving the parking lots and seating areas to monitor fan behavior.
· Tailgating during the game or after night games will continue to be prohibited.
· Chicago Police Officers will be writing citations for open alcohol containers on the parklands on the Museum Campus and conduct periodic roadside safety checks throughout the season.
· The limit for purchasing alcohol will continue to be two (2) per transaction, per person at concession stands and one (1) per person in the seating areas.
· The alcohol cut-off times for sales will remain the end of the third quarter for day games and 5 minutes into the third quarter for night games.
· Fans can sign up for the Designated Driver program at any Fan Services booth and get a free soft drink and become eligible for a trip to Super Bowl XLVI or the 2011 Pro Bowl.