Bears hoping for brand new stadium as Chicago mayor releases plans for Soldier Area renovations


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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday introduced three choices for renovating Soldier Area, the house of the Chicago Bears, however the crew mentioned it is not .

Lightfoot proposed totally enclosing the stadium by rebuilding each finish zones with columns that may assist a dome; rebuilding each finish zones with columns to make the stadium dome-ready; or modifying Soldier Field to be a multi-purpose stadium higher suited to soccer.

“Any of those proposed renovations will permit Soldier Area to retain its function as an financial engine for Chicago for years to come back,” Lightfoot mentioned in a information launch.

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A basic view of Soldier Area throughout the Nationwide Anthem earlier than the Chicago Bears tackle the Indianapolis Colts on October 04, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.
(Jonathan Daniel/Getty Pictures)

The mayor’s office estimated the prices of the three choices would vary from $900 million to $2.2 billion. It didn’t say how it might pay for any of the choices.

The proposed renovations would increase seating from 61,500 seats (now the bottom capability within the NFL) as much as 70,000; enhance the variety of suites from 133 to 140; and quadruple concession space sq. footage from 50,000 sq. toes (four,645 sq. meters) to 200,000 sq. toes (18,580 sq. meters), the mayor’s workplace mentioned.

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A rendering released by the City of Chicago shows a proposed plan to enclose Soldier Field. The proposal stems from considerations and recommendations made by the Mayor Museum Campus Working Group.

A rendering launched by the Metropolis of Chicago reveals a proposed plan to surround Soldier Area. The proposal stems from issues and suggestions made by the Mayor Museum Campus Working Group.
(AP Photograph)

The Bears had no new touch upon Lightfoot’s proposals however the crew reiterated the identical assertion it issued July 7 when a panel appointed by Lightfoot really useful town discover enclosing Soldier Area.

“The one potential venture the Chicago Bears are exploring for a brand new stadium growth is Arlington Park. As a part of our mutual settlement with the vendor of that property, we aren’t pursuing various stadium offers or websites, together with renovations to Soldier Area, whereas we’re below contract,” that assertion mentioned.

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields begins to celebrate his touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in Chicago.

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields begins to rejoice his landing in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers throughout the second half of an NFL soccer recreation Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in Chicago.
(AP Photograph/David Banks)

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The crew signed a purchase order settlement final yr for a 326-acre (131.93-hectare) website in suburban Arlington Heights, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) miles northwest of Soldier Area, that could possibly be the positioning of a future stadium. President Ted Phillips has mentioned that deal doubtless received’t shut till early 2023, at which level the crew will resolve whether or not it’s “financially possible to attempt to develop it additional.”



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