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I guess it appears that even the Bears management thought the chances of the Bears making the playoffs were not good.  First, issues with people getting playoff tickets, and now this.

From Chicago Sun-Times

Bears fans hoping to tailgate at Sunday's playoff game will have 600 fewer places to party, as football fans and boat show aficionados compete for outdoor parking spots at 31st Street -- a lot suitable for grilling sausage and guzzling beer.

On typical game days, fans have access to 2,000 parking spaces there for 16 bucks apiece.

But Sunday, only 1,400 spaces are earmarked for Bears fans, sources said.

Bears fans will be directed to indoor parking lots at McCormick Place Lakeside Center Lot C or the Millennium Park Garage. From there, free shuttles take fans to the stadium.

But folks looking for tailgating-friendly spaces will be out of luck, once 31st Street lot fills up early, one parking official said.

Fans who prepaid for season parking privileges will need to pay $35 cash -- along with showing their parking coupons -- to park in lots ringing the stadium.

Ticket holders who won the parking lottery paid $35 per game for home game parking coupons, but not for playoff game coupons, Bears spokesman Scott Hagel said.

There is a bit of good news for fans with parking coupons. Lots surrounding the stadium are set to open at 10:30 a.m., five hours before kickoff, Bears officials said.

On regular season games the lots open four hours before game time.

Surely, things could have been handled a little better.