Green Bay fan sues Bears for prohibiting his Packers gear at Soldier Field event

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CHICAGO (WTHR) - A judge has excluded the NFL from a fan's lawsuit but said his complaint against the Chicago Bears can proceed.

Russell Beckman says dress code at a Soldier Field event was "a violation of his First Amendment rights."

Judge Joan Gottschall said Friday that Beckman failed to establish "that he has standing to sue the NFL, but the complaint states a First Amendment claim against the Bears."

Beckman, who has season tickets for both the Packers and the Bears, said he was prevented from wearing his Green Bay fan gear on the field during a Soldier Field event.

Rules for the event, The Bears Season Ticket Holder Experience, require attendees to wear Bears attire.

"The rivalry is what makes sports great," he told Chicago's NBC television affiliate.

He claims he wore Packers gear to two previous season ticket-holder events and wasn't stopped. His suit says he got an email before a December, 2016 event that said opposing team gear was prohibited.

Beckman is representing himself in the court proceedings.

"This is not about me shaking down the Bears," he said. "This is about me trying to get the Bears to change what I think is a misguided policy."

Beckman has held Bears season tickets since 2003.

The team said they didn't comment on legal matters.

A status conference is set for May 9.