For the first time in a while Bear fans will be allowed AND will actually want to watch the Chicago Bears practice during training camp.

Well, the stars have aligned and now that both things are true, Bear fans will get their wish later this summer.

The Bears report to camp on July 26th and will run through September 4th. I was personally shocked to find out that training camp is nearly 6 weeks long. I always thought it was 3 weeks or a month max. Turns out I was wrong.

There will be 11 practices that are open to the public. They all start at 10AM and will require a (free) ticket to enter. Fans can sign up for the ticket pool at their website and have until July 7th to register. 

The dates for the open practices are as follows:

  • Thursday July 28th
  • Friday, July 29th
  • Saturday, July 30th
  • Tuesday, August 2nd
  • Wednesday, August 3rd
  • Friday, August 5th
  • Sunday, August 7th
  • Wednesday, August 10th
  • Thursday, August 11th
  • Monday, August 15th
  • Saturday, August 20th

Expectations for the Bears are low but excitement is high. The old regime of Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace are out and a new Matt/Ryan tag team has taken their place.

Matt Eberflus is the new head coach and fans already love him just because he's not Matt Nagy. Ryan Poles is the new GM and appears to be the kind of guy that will not hide from the media. Both figuratively and literally.

Bear fans will get to see these two in action along with the current crown jewel of the franchise, quarterback Justin Fields.

It's actually a good time to be a Bear fan right now. We at least know our hearts won't be broken. There will be disappointments but I don't see how anything can happen this year that would fully extinguish the light at the end of the tunnel.

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