10/23/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Bears' New Tailgating Crackdown

For years, Nick and Leslie Petramale have gone to Bears games without tickets to tailgate and take in the outside-the-stadium atmosphere.

The Hoffman Estates couple tried to do so again Sunday at the Bears' home opener -- even though they knew the Bears are now banning the practice.

Their attempt didn't last long. About 45 minutes into the game, a security guard politely asked the Petramales to leave.

By that time, the south parking lot -- which last year would have been a hotbed of face-painted fans, grills, beer, televisions and radios -- resembled a ghost town.

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