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Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by Truman, Jun 17, 2021.
Seems no different than the New Jersey Giants or Landover Football Team?
Twitter seems really happy about this and personally I don't see why.
Soldier field is tiny obviously, but I like having a downtown stadium.
Someone want to explain the appeal to me?
It's a negotiating ploy but the Bears dont own Soldier Field. They lease it from the city. There's a lot they dont control around the facility. Im sure that has a lot to do w it, but really, it's probably mostly posturing.
does the spaceship parthenon not work anymore?
Having lots of space to tailgate and party before the game is 100% better than some downtown experience.
Just a different experience in my opinion. Tailgating in Chicago is more hitting up bars and such over actual traditional tailgating.
Soldier field lots aren’t great but they could be worse. Also plenty of industrial type lots within a half mile. This is a negotiation tactic and a pretty solid investment because that property will 100% be developed into commercial/residential space within 15 years
Soldier Field’s capacity is way less than what it needs to be and the renovation turned it into an eyesore. That said, the lakefront location is pretty cool.
It is cool, but also a miserable place to watch a game for half the season.
I’ve only been when it’s warm, but yeah, I can imagine the breezes off the lake being pretty brutal from November on.
Soldier Field is a crappy stadium that's not particularly accessible despite being "downtown." But having it next to the lake is cool.
The view from inside is pretty good.
Build a modern retractable roof stadium- so you can attract other damn events.
Soldier Field is awful after October- sitting in the upper decks with the wind off the lake is a miserable experience
as a chicago resident and lifelong bears fan i definitely have opinions on this
I would love to see Chicago host the CFP Championship game.
Soldier Field just doesn’t do it for so many events
The cold weather isn't even the worst thing about it. It is an eyesore and a logistical nightmare getting in and out.
The closest bar to Soldier is a Packer bar
You don't like paying $300 to park at Navy Pier and hoof it over?
I’m helping plan a bachelor party for the ND/UW football game. Having worked around Chicago I have a pretty good lay of the land. A guy told me he has a place set up 15 minutes between Soldier and Schaumburg where we are doing Top Golf Friday. I asked him were we taking a helicopter or his jet to get there? He hasn’t spoken to me since.
As long as the Sox don't get any ideas about relocating there when the lease at GRF expires I'm good with whatever they replace that dumpster fire of a stadium with.
Didn’t they basically demolish the original and rebuild it not that long ago?
No, someone thought it would be a good idea to drop a space ship on the original.
Sox have a free stadium- zero chance the city builds them another free stadium
They put it in a glass display case.
They parked a spaceship inside of the old one.
I get the argument of wanting to have the stadium in the city but the actual stadium sucks and there’s no denying that.
It would be super strange to have the team in Arlington heights but many nfl teams have their stadiums in the suburbs, so I can see it happening.
At the end of the day, I’m sure this is just a negotiation tactic to get the city to help pay for a new stadium/renovations.
I mean I get it coming from a Chiefs fan
Pregame in Chicago for either a game at Ryan or Soldier field is a great experience imho.
Just like everyone else ‘from Chicago’ they’re actually from the western suburbs.
My dad has multiple Gary Bears shirts at home
this shit isn’t new- the bears owners played this card 25 yrs ago
Gary would be a great spot for the bears
Much ado about nothing.
This thread will be Truman and IanC being weird about Chi.
Lol they still have $688 million in debt on the last Soldier Field renovation. The ISFA issued Muni bonds on it, so not a mortgage loan, but I highly doubt that the park district is sitting on cash to pay back the principal.
The aerial shots of Soldier Field on SNF or MNF are pretty cool. Based on this opinion, it would be a goddamn travesty if the Bears moved.
so not tailgating
You could picnic on one of many lawns near the stadium, or try a boat.
No one has mentioned the Bears are the 7th highest valued team in the NFL I believe, something like that, and the only NFL team not to own their stadium. This is a billion dollar decision and would likely put the teams value in the top 3 if they were to own their own stadium. More than just posturing IMO.
Didn’t they just completely rebuild soldier field????
Yes, 20 years ago.
It’s been 20 years????? Good lord I remember watching the first game at the new stadium
This is false
yeah you’re right, I think I was steered wrong by a podcast or article. My bad.
Nobody has mentioned that the Cubs threatened the same thing back in 2013? I
Cubs never had a specific threat, it was more or less “maybe we’ll consider going to the suburbs,” which nobody took seriously including Tom Ricketts
Wrigley is 97% of their brand. In the suburbs they're basically the Brewers.