The potential for the Bears leaving Chicago is hurtling in direction of its eventual conclusion, however mayor Lori Lightfoot is making an attempt to throw every thing on the crew to persuade them to remain. Lightfoot unveiled daring new plans Tuesday to renovate Soldier Subject and convey the Museum Campus space into the twenty first century.
It is going to additionally make Soldier Subject a top-tier NFL stadium with super alternative for the Bears to meet their imaginative and prescient. pic.twitter.com/axdy9PeyNg
— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 25, 2022
I’m not going to lie, this seems completely unbelievable. The open endzone design paired with a dome would unquestionably make this one of the crucial distinctive stadiums within the NFL, whereas remaining nestled within the coronary heart of the town.
Nonetheless, on scanning these pictures there’s one thing that basically jumped out at me.
This seems to be a stable glass platform, with no guardrails, connected to the higher deck of the stadium. Presumably this could be some form of premiere expertise, even on the one of many highest factors within the stadium — however you can not pay me to face on this factor for 3 minutes, not to mention a whole recreation.
Now look, I do know it’s fully doable this architectural design ingredient is meant to be evocative, not sensible. A method of claiming “that is how we envision individuals watching soccer sooner or later.” Me, I simply see somebody spilling an overpriced Michelob Extremely on this glass panel earlier than somebody slips on it, falling off the sting and plummeting 150 toes earlier than touchdown on an unsuspecting Staley Da Bear, seen right here bare, carrying glasses and a wig.
Nevertheless it seems just like the dying deck, in addition to the entire stadium design may by no means come to move. The Bears seem hell bent on becoming a member of the Cowboys, Commanders, Patriots and 49ers who left the town and moved out to the suburbs. The crew has an funding within the Arlington Heights space, roughly 25 miles from downtown Chicago. When asked for comment on the Solider Field renovation plans by the Chicago Tribune, the Bears shot down any curiosity.
“The one potential venture the Chicago Bears are exploring for a brand new stadium improvement is Arlington Park. As a part of our mutual settlement with the vendor of that property, we aren’t pursuing various stadium offers or websites, together with renovations to Soldier Subject, whereas we’re beneath contract,” the Bears mentioned. “We now have knowledgeable the town of Chicago that we intend to honor our contractual commitments as we proceed our due diligence and predevelopment actions on the Arlington Heights property.”
So we’d by no means see the new-look Solider Subject, or the glass dying deck — however we’ll at all times have the recollections.