Fan sues Bears over banning him from wearing Packers’ gear on field

A Green Bay Packers fan is suing the Chicago Bears over the team’s dress code, which he says prevented him from wearing his Packers’ gear on the field during special game-day events — which he had access to as a Bears season ticket holder.

Russell Beckman, a Wisconsin native and longtime Bears’ season ticket holder, filed a lawsuit in federal court Friday seeking the right to wear gear from the team’s bitter rival on the field.

Beckman, who is representing himself without an attorney, believes the Bears’ dress code, which prohibits him from being able to wear opponents’ gear during fan experiences, violates his First Amendment rights, according to the lawsuit.

The Bears launched the “STH Experience” in 2014, which offers reward points to loyal season ticket holders that can be cashed in for game-day experiences.

Beckman, who has owned a Bears’ personal seat license since 2003, used his reward points for a “pregame warm-up field experience,” which allowed him to stand beside the field for the Bears and Packers warm-ups. During the 2014 and 2015 seasons, he went to the event decked out in his Packers’ gear without any issue, according to the suit.

Beckman was expecting to do the same in 2016, <a target="_blank" …read more

Source:: Fresh News – Sports

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