AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh The Chicago Bears , one of the most historic NFL franchises, has moved from Soldier Field. For over 50 years, the Bears played at Soldier Field; but that will change when the NFL season begins. The Bears were bribed to stay in Downtown Chicago but did not take up the offer to remain in the crime-ridden city.
In the fall, Bears ownership – Virginia Halas McCaskey, Andrew McKenna Sr., and Patrick Ryan – reached an agreement on a 326-acre site in Arlington Heights. The new stadium will be located in Arlington Park. It is a much safer area in the Chicago suburbs.
When the team submitted a bid to buy the land, Bears President Ted Phillips said: “We recently submitted a bid to purchase Arlington International Racecourse property. It’s our obligation to explore every possible option to ensure we’re doing what’s best for our organization and its future. If selected, this step allows us to further evaluate the property and its potential.” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot proposed adding a dome to the stadium. The seating capacity would increase from 61,500 to 70,000, and the estimated cost would range from $900 million to $2.2 billion. Before the purchase of the new land, Lightfoot told the Chicago Sun-Times: “We need to invest in Soldier Field … Soldier Field must be a year-round destination. We must enhance the fan experience. And that’s precisely what we aim to do. We are making a compelling case for the Bears to stay in Chicago. They want a Tier One stadium to maximize revenues and we agree.” It’s too little, too late as crime remains rampant in Chicago. Every single weekend there are shootings that take place in the city, so the Bears moving out of Downtown Chicago should not surprise anyone who has […]
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