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Chicago proposes three options for Soldier Field renovation including domed stadium

Reconstruction & Renovation

Chicago proposes three options for Soldier Field renovation including domed stadium

Could be attractive to Bears as NFL team looks to suburbs for new home.


By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | August 3, 2022
Soldier Field design concept 1
Courtesy Landmark Development Services Company.

The City of Chicago recently announced design concepts for renovations to Soldier Field, the home of the NFL’s Chicago Bears.

The proposal includes three options: converting the venue to a domed stadium, keeping the facility open-air but ready to accommodate a dome, and making the historic structure a multipurpose venue tailored for soccer. The Bears, who do not own Soldier Field, have declared their intent to purchase a large suburban tract to build a new stadium.

The city’s new renovation proposal includes more capacity and amenity upgrades:

  • Expanded seating from 61,500 seats up to 70,000 seats including additional fan activation areas.
  • Increased number of traditional suites from 133 to 140.
  • Six new major club and experiential areas, none of which currently exist in Soldier Field.
  • Quadrupled food and beverage square footage from 50,000 sf to 200,000 sf.
  • Addition of as many as 20 secondary club and activation areas.
  • Expanded opportunity for major sponsorships and naming rights.
  • Creation of more flexible event space and multi-purpose venues including up to four venues with capacity ranging from 5,000 to 60,000 or more. 

The dome plan would cost about $2 billion and would only be undertaken if the Bears remain in the city. The low-end proposal without the Bears would cost roughly $1 billion. Each of the city’s options would retain much of the original structure including the historic colonnade. Soldier Field opened in 1924.

The Mayor’s Museum Campus Working Group, chaired by Richard Price, executive chairman of investment management firm Mesirow, developed the plan to renovate the museum campus area of the city that includes Soldier Field. The plan to add a dome involves constructing four “super pillars” outside of the stadium to support the dome roof. The design for the dome was inspired by a hybrid concept of designs used for Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, and U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings.
 
Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the plans to renovate Soldier Field and the surrounding area will benefit the city even if the Bears leave. Lightfoot said the city is in discussions with other potential long-term tenants for Soldier Field.

Soldier Field Dome Design Concept
Courtesy Landmark Development Services Company.
Soldier Field Design Concept 3
Courtesy Landmark Development Services Company.
Soldier Field Design Concept
Courtesy Landmark Development Services Company.

 

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