When one thinks about Chicago Bears football, it’s usually defense, toughness, and really, really cold weather that come to mind.
It’s pretty much everything that embodies the city of Chicago. Soldier Field is also considered to be one of the NFL’s most hallowed grounds and symbolic stadiums.
But all of that could go away in the near future if one of mayor Lori Lightfoot’s recent stadium proposals are approved.
Per ESPN‘s Courtney Cronin, Lightfoot recently presented three proposals for a domed Soldier Field that aims to keep the Bears in Chicago. There have been talks centering around the possibility that the Bears could eventually move about 30 miles northwest to Arlington Heights after the franchise purchased the 326-acre Arlington International Racecourse property in 2021.
Per Cronin, Lightfoot’s proposals could cost anywhere from $900 million to $2.2 billion and they consist of the following:
• The first would fully enclose the stadium by rebuilding both end zones with columns that can support a dome structure.
• The second would require both end zones to be rebuilt with columns to make the stadium dome-ready.
• The third option calls for modifications to make Soldier Field a multipurpose stadium suited to host soccer games while also making it a viable location to accommodate major concerts and a range of events.
Cronin’s report also states the Bears would see seating capacity increase from 61,500 to 70,000, the total amount of suites increase from 133 to 140, and and food and beverage space increase from 50,000 square feet to 200,000.
However, despite Lightfoot’s recent proposal, the Bears doubled down on their earlier statement that the Arlington Park location is the only location in play for a new stadium.
Regardless of what happens, when it comes to Bears football, it looks like there are some major changes on the horizon.
You can check out Cronin’s full report, here.
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