Sunday’s NFL game between the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field has been temporarily suspended after it started because of a severe tornado watch. Fans were advised to take shelter in the nearest covered concourse and players and coaches left the field. A tornado has already touched down in Peoria, Illinois and the storm cell that the National Weather Service said was “extraordinarily rare” is headed toward Chicago.
A message on the stadium scoreboard read:
Attention: Please clear the stadium seating area and relocate to the nearest covered concourse
Baltimore was leading 10-0 in the first quarter.
Solider Field officals give precaution. Some fans are taking shelter in nearest covered concourse pic.twitter.com/i38kk0VAZv
– Jim Rose (@JimRoseABC7) November 17, 2013
ATTENTION: Due to severe weather, all fans inside Soldier Field are being asked to seek shelter immediately.
– Soldier Field (@SoldierField) November 17, 2013
The National Weather Service had tweeted that the “worst decision” people could make on Sunday would be to “ignore” a severe tornado warning
The worst decision you could make today is to ignore a severe/tornado warning. These storms will be nasty
– NWS Northern Indiana (@NWSIWX) November 17, 2013
A look inside Soldier Field, fans have evacuated due to inclement weather. Game suspended until at least 2:15 ET. pic.twitter.com/9MYmNyaWxi
– SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 17, 2013