Reimagined Solider Field includes dome, entertainment district in developer’s new video proposal


CHICAGO (TBEN)- Soldier Field, which served as home to the Chicago Bears for decades, if refurbished could provide a better fan experience with some upgrades, according to a new proposal from a potential development company.

Landmark Development released a video on Sunday of what the stadium could look like after a complete renovation.

The redesigned stadium would feature an immersive fan experience, premier club lounges and signature dining areas, while improving access to the stadium and an entertainment area across the pitch.

They also say that by rebuilding the endzones with columns designed to support a dome structure, the stadium can be enclosed and used year-round.

“Soldier Field is uniquely located to anchor a truly world-class sports, shopping, culinary and entertainment district,” said Bob Dunn, president of Landmark Development. “There is no comparable location to capitalize on all the major trends of the future – in the heart of one of the world’s most exciting cities. Chicago deserves an extraordinary vision to bring this iconic public asset into the next hundred years and beyond.”

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They did not discount the idea of ​​travel.

The proposal also includes a new multimodal transit hub that would be built across the street above the Metra storage tracks and a rail yard where visitors will arrive and depart using CTA, Metra and Amtrak rail lines. A new “CHI-Line” downtown circulation system would also be available for rideshares.

As mentioned, the expanded entertainment area will provide an enhanced tailgating experience around the stadium and next to McCormick Place. And for concerts, multi-story windows can be opened to the city skyline to view events on the lawn between the stadium and The Field Museum.

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Other new features include an expansion of seating to 70,000 and the Veterans Memorial, an increase in Private Suits, and more.

“A modernized Soldier Field, a revitalized museum campus and a world-class multimodal transit hub will serve as one of our city’s most important civic assets and support the entire Chicago economy,” said Jack Lavin, president and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. “This exciting new vision is an opportunity to invest in our public infrastructure – driving vital revenues, creating jobs and increasing accessibility for all our businesses and residents, something that business and community leaders can get behind. “

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The reinvention of Soldier Field comes as the team pushes for a new stadium to be built in Arlington Heights.

Back in November, leaders in Arlington Heights voted for a pre-development agreement with the Chicago Bears while the team is planning a possible new stadium there.

The agreement would serve as a roadmap – determining how future plans and processes will be assessed as the project develops. But that is not a final proposal.

In 2021, the Bears signed a $197 million purchase agreement with Churchill Downs the 326 hectare site of the former Arlington Park Racecourse. However, the contract for the site remains under negotiation.