Lightfoot expects Blackhawks, Bulls fans will be allowed to return to United Center this season

Time is short, however, with only seven regular season games left for each of the Bulls and Blackhawks.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday that fans might soon be able to attend Blackhawks and Bulls games.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday she expects Bulls and Blackhawks fans will be allowed to watch home games at the United Center this season,barring a turn for the worse in COVID-19 cases.

“We feel like we might be plateauing and even, dare to dream, going down,” Lightfoot said of COVID-19 cases during an unrelated news conference. “Going down is the right time to have that conversation. So we’ll continue with that, and I expect before seasons end there will be fans in the United Center.”

The Bulls and Blackhawks each have seven regular season home games on their schedules.

A limited numberof fans have been able to attend home games for the Chicago Cubs and White Sox, but those fans are at a decreased risk of COVID-19 transmission because seats are in an open-air setting. Fans were allowed into Soldier Field to watch the Chicago Fire home opener on Saturday, too.

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