The Chicago Bears will be holding a community meeting at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights from 7 PM CST to 9 PM on Thursday, September 8th. The purpose of the meeting is for the Bears to address the people of Arlington Heights in regards to moving away from Soldier Field in Chicago and building a new stadium in Arlington Heights.
Last year, the Chicago Bears organization bought over 300 acres of land in Arlington Heights for $197.2 million. The land would allow for the Bears to build a new stadium surrounded by a brand new entertainment district.
There are many positive reasons why the Bears would need a new stadium. First of all, Soldier Field was built way back in 1924. The football field is an outdoor stadium in one of the coldest cities in the USA. Soldier Field is also the smallest stadium in NFL with the least capacity for football fans.
A new stadium would be necessary for the Bears to keep up with the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions, their NFC North Divisional foes. Minnesota built a new stadium in 2016. Two years later, Minnesota hosted Super Bowl LII. The Detroit Lions built their stadium in 2002. Four years later, Super Bowl XL was held in Detroit.
Building a new stadium would allow for the Chicago Bears to eventually host a Super Bowl in the future. Also, the stadium could also be used to host a Final Four in the future as well. If the Bears plan to leave the city of Chicago, then they would stay at Soldier Field until 2033.