CHICAGO – The concourses at Soldier Field during Sunday’s weather delay looked more like an airport than a stadium.
Fans were sitting on the floor, standing in groups, talking on cell phones, all in a holding pattern waiting for the Ravens-Bears game to resume. Concessions stands were busy, with fans ordering food, beverages, and people passed the time, hoping they would see more football as soon as possible.
There were tweets that some concession stands had stopped selling beer, but not at the stands near the press box, where fans ordered whatever they wanted, and passed the time as best they could. Most of the fans had on Bears attire, more worried about the game than the weather, with the Ravens leading 10-0 when play was halted with 4:51 left in the first quarter.
“It’s a little claustrophobic in here, but we’re dealing with it,” said Drew Hardy, a Beaers fan from Chicago. “I understand them looking after the fans, but why didn’t they just delay the start of the game until 5 o’clock or 7 o’clock? I guess it depens on the other games. It would have made more sense safety wise.”
Ravens senior vice president of public relations Kevin Byrne said players spent the delay eating and meeting.
“Our post-game food and snack was brought there,” Byrne said. “We think about two-thirds of the players grabbed something, either some pasta, some chicken, or some turkey, or an apple. Coaches have met as groups, defense, offense, talking about the expected field conditions and any changes that might bring.”
Bears season ticket holder James Brown hoped the delay would help Chicago regroup. The Ravens were in a similar situation during the Super Bowl, when after a delay due to a power outage, the 49ers mounted a comeback.
“The Bears need to regroup,’” Brown said. “They were killing us. Hopefully, we come back.”