Soldier Field has been home to the Chicago Bears since 1971. But it could soon be ending. Thursday afternoon, Bears’ President and CEO Ted Phillips released a statement in regards to a potential new location in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
The location: Arlington International Racecourse.
“We recently submitted a bid to purchase the Arlington National Racecourse property. It’s out obligation to explore every possible option to entrust we’re doing what’s best for our organization and it’s future. If selected, this step allows us to further evaluate the property and its potential.
One person that was not particularly happy with this announcement was Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot. She called the move a “negotiating tactic” before throwing a jab at their gameplay over the years. She said, “We want the organization to focus on putting a winning team on the field, beating the Packers finally and being relevant past October. Everything else is noise.”
She also misspelled “Soldier” as “Solider” in her statement.
Moving the team isn’t anything new as they’ve played in multiple stadiums during the team’s history as well as flirted with moving away from their current location. Soldier Field currently seats the fewest fans in the National Football League.
A new space to develop would not only allow more fans but encourage other major sporting events to be hosted in the state of Illinois.