Update: the game was resumed at 2:25 p.m. CST.
The game between the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears has been “temporarily suspended,” according to referee Gene Steratore, because of severe storms in Northern Illnois.
Tornadoes have been reported all around Chicago, with forecasts calling for high winds, hail, lightning and the possibility of tornadoes throughout the game.
The teams have left the field and fans in the lower level at Soldier Field have sought shelter under blackening skies. Fans were shown warnings and video about evacuation procedures as they entered the stadium for the noon CST kickoff.
There’s a heavy downpour, with fans in the upper deck still trying to get to shelter. The stadium seats over 61,000.
Although officials say the game may resume soon, there’s another line of storms behind the one currently raging over the stadium. At this point, the Ravens are getting use to delays.
Compared with the destruction around northern Illinois, a football game is the least of anyone’s worries.
This is now three delays for the Ravens, after the Super Bowl power blackout and the thunderstorm in Denver during the season opener.
“I think we’ve learned how to get through these delays,” Ravens President Dick Cass told CBS’s Phil Simms. “It’s very relaxed in the locker room, players are just hanging out. We’ve brought in some food.”
Play was resumed at 2:25 p.m. CST. Fans were none the worse for the wear, but the soggy turf at Soldier Field was a mess.