Second fitting goes smoothly for big-headed Bears fans
January 31, 2007 (WLS) -- Bears helmets finally fit the heads of two of Chicago's most well known residents-- the 3-ton lions sitting outside the Art Institute. On Tuesday, the first fitting didn't go so well.
Designers blamed the cold weather for the ill-fitting helmets, which cracked under pressure of putting them on Tuesday.
"The cold beat us. We were relying on having a little flexibility in the helmets. We didn't have any flexibility. It cracked," said Gary Heitz, Chicago Scenic Studios.
Heitz and his crew worked through the night -- cutting the helmets apart and putting them back together -- so they would fit Wednesday morning.
"We are happy to get out here today get them fixed and get them on right," said Bob Dopel, Chicago Scenic Studios.
"You know you wouldn't approach the Super Bowl and have helmets not fitting. The helmets fit, game face is on and it's a big day," said Jim Cuno, president and director, Art Institute of Chicago.
"I had every confidence in the city. I knew the helmets would fit," said Monique Woods, Bears fan.
"I knew once they got it wrong the first time they would come back and get it right," said Gregory Mitchell, Bears fan.
Cuno said the museum will hold a drawing on April 1 to give away one of the helmets to a member of the art institute. He says they'll keep the other one for the Bears trip to the Super Bowl next year. For information on the Art Institute, check out artic.edu.
In 1986, a shipping snafu almost kept one of the lion-sized Bears helmets from traveling with the team to New Orleans for Super Bowl XX. Watch the original ABC7 report.
In 1948, the three-ton lions in front of the Art Institute wore Chicago Cubs hats. In 2005, they wore Chicago White Sox helmets.
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