ESPN cameras chronicled the lives of Chicago Bears season-ticket holders in Section 250 at Soldier Field during last year’s disastrous 3-13 campaign under head coach John Fox.
That footage is being turned into an eight-episode docu-series called “We The Fans,” which premieres on ESPN on Tuesday, April 11, at 10 p.m. ET.
Expect the emotions to be raw. Bears fans are some of the most passionate and loyal in all of sports, but the club suffered though their worst season in recent memory in 2016 -- Fox also went 6-10 in 2015 and Marc Trestman 5-11 in 2014. Fan apathy and anger toward the organization resulted in thousands upon thousands of no-shows at Soldier Field. Watching the Bears play in a half-empty stadium is an image Chicago sports fans will never forget.
Adding insult to injury, the Bears have missed the playoffs in nine of 10 years, and do not have a winning season since firing Lovie Smith at the end of 2012. As the old saying goes, hope springs eternal, but it’ll be fascinating to see how much equity the Bears have burned up among their most ardent supporters.
Content pertaining to “We The Fans” will also be available on social media, ESPN.com and ESPN Radio.