Added Security for Bears vs Chiefs at Soldier Field

If you’re heading to Soldier Field on Sunday for the Bears vs Chiefs game, leave yourself a little extra time.  The Bears are urging fans to come a little early as they implement added security measures.

The Bears will enact extra security measures, scanning game attendees with a wand. If you are screened, you will be asked to remove all metal from your pockets.

The hope is that wanding will eventually replace patdowns.

Do we really need to do the extra security?  Instead of wasting money on these guys we should send them home to play online bingo. And is a cold December Sunday afternoon, when temperatures are supposed to hover in the mid to upper 30′s, the right day to roll out a new procedure?   It’s the second to last home game of the season. 

While you’re at Soldier Field, beware of the concessions.  CBS 2 Chicago reported that inspectors uncovered some violations.

In all, inspectors found 21 critical violations that could have potentially made fans sick. They included eight cases of food kept at unsafe temperatures — either not cold enough or hot enough to protect against a food borne illness; three cases of vendors that had broken heating or cooling devices; and several instances of employees not having access to running water, soap or paper towels.

Hey, as long as the beer is cold enough, I’m good.

By the way, if you’re going to the game and you’d like to be entered to win a free FanVision rental for the game, enter our little contest.  Get all the details here.   Get on Facebook or Twitter and enter by 12 noon on Friday.

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  • flowermike

    As someone who flies on business regularly, I’m beginning to resent the hyper security everywhere I go. Are we really in so much danger or does the fear serve another purpose?

    As for the concessions…. please listen Chicago. The Mc Caskeys don’t give a rats ass about you. Family night needs no other elaboration on that fact. So much space under the salary cap gives you another clue as does the extensions for both Lovie and Jerry. The field is a mess annually and no one is responsible. Parking is astronomical. Tailgaiting is curtailed. It all adds up Bear fans.

    The best way for the public to make a civic point is to stop patronizing the Mc Caskey’s. The money you spend on gamedays would be much more appreciated by patronizing a local business and circulating the economy within the working classes. Better food, warmer game environments and you do your community a service. It’s the right thing to do and to top it off, you probably see the game better.

    How much money would you save while helping your neighboring small business’?

    I know the boo birds will cat call the premise by suggesting that nothing replaces the stadium experience. But if you feed the Mc Caskeys their money, don’t expect a return on your investment.

  • flowermike

    As someone who flies on business regularly, I’m beginning to resent the hyper security everywhere I go. Are we really in so much danger or does the fear serve another purpose?

    As for the concessions…. please listen Chicago. The Mc Caskeys don’t give a rats ass about you. Family night needs no other elaboration on that fact. So much space under the salary cap gives you another clue as does the extensions for both Lovie and Jerry. The field is a mess annually and no one is responsible. Parking is astronomical. Tailgaiting is curtailed. It all adds up Bear fans.

    The best way for the public to make a civic point is to stop patronizing the Mc Caskey’s. The money you spend on gamedays would be much more appreciated by patronizing a local business and circulating the economy within the working classes. Better food, warmer game environments and you do your community a service. It’s the right thing to do and to top it off, you probably see the game better.

    How much money would you save while helping your neighboring small business’?

    I know the boo birds will cat call the premise by suggesting that nothing replaces the stadium experience. But if you feed the Mc Caskeys their money, don’t expect a return on your investment.

  • Chicago Irish

    For a moment I thought I was on an OWS blog half way in to flowermike’s post. Just kidding…you have some great points. I, too, have stopped going to the games. Just too damn expensive. Actually, I like the tailgating portion with my buddies – $20-30 per head, drink for 3-4 hours, grill and play bags. We’ve often talked about bringing a TV to the parking lot and skip going in.

    Personally, I would prefer the wand over some guy accidentally giving me a little pickle tickle. I just don’t want them to come out and say how its about protecting us. I have a better chance of getting hit by a bus then I do of someone bringing in a concealed weapon or explosive device. George Carlin said it best, when they try and take away our freedoms they will always say its about “protecting us” or “protecting the children”. It all adds up to the same thing…BS!!

  • flowermike

    @Chicago Irish I fly internationally many times each year and I’m often the only American willing to speak up. Flights bound for the US go through several more checkpoints than those going to other destinations.

    My last flight home from New Zealand was alarming. They hand searched us AFTER we had gone through the traditional screenings. A British man asked me about the added security only for American bound flights. They were all surprised that I agreed with them.

    Fear, as always, is a control mechanism.

    Without leaving the confines of a sports blog, it’s important for all of us to remember our “inalienable rights” and demand representation from our govt. WE pay them.

    Just like letting the Mc Caskey’s know that WE control their revenue streams.

    I don’t live in Chicago and I know a strike of the team is just my fantasy, but the only way to disrupt greed is to disrupt their commerce.

    Our only influence over money is the money we spend. Very simple. Patronize your mom and pops.

  • Chicago Irish

    For a moment I thought I was on an OWS blog half way in to flowermike’s post. Just kidding…you have some great points. I, too, have stopped going to the games. Just too damn expensive. Actually, I like the tailgating portion with my buddies – $20-30 per head, drink for 3-4 hours, grill and play bags. We’ve often talked about bringing a TV to the parking lot and skip going in.

    Personally, I would prefer the wand over some guy accidentally giving me a little pickle tickle. I just don’t want them to come out and say how its about protecting us. I have a better chance of getting hit by a bus then I do of someone bringing in a concealed weapon or explosive device. George Carlin said it best, when they try and take away our freedoms they will always say its about “protecting us” or “protecting the children”. It all adds up to the same thing…BS!!

  • flowermike

    @Chicago Irish I fly internationally many times each year and I’m often the only American willing to speak up. Flights bound for the US go through several more checkpoints than those going to other destinations.

    My last flight home from New Zealand was alarming. They hand searched us AFTER we had gone through the traditional screenings. A British man asked me about the added security only for American bound flights. They were all surprised that I agreed with them.

    Fear, as always, is a control mechanism.

    Without leaving the confines of a sports blog, it’s important for all of us to remember our “inalienable rights” and demand representation from our govt. WE pay them.

    Just like letting the Mc Caskey’s know that WE control their revenue streams.

    I don’t live in Chicago and I know a strike of the team is just my fantasy, but the only way to disrupt greed is to disrupt their commerce.

    Our only influence over money is the money we spend. Very simple. Patronize your mom and pops.