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Bears News: Local Mayor Believes Team Could Move From Soldier Field

Larry Rupp
The Mayor of a Chicago suburb believes the Bears could move away from Soldier Field.
The Mayor of a Chicago suburb believes the Bears could move away from Soldier Field. / Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
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A number of NFL teams have built new stadiums to call home over the last few years and rumors are starting to swirl about whether or not the Chicago Bears will be next. Well, one Mayor from a Chicago suburb believes the football team might end up leaving Soldier Field sooner than expected.

Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes said that a new stadium for the Bears could be built on the current site of the Arlington Park race track. Located about 30 miles from Solider Field, this area is currently up for sale and is expected to be redeveloped by its next owner.

Hayes said there is still a long way to go, though.

“It’s still on the table, to my understanding, but it’s a complete, definite maybe. I’m not in a position where I could say it’s a definite ‘go’ or definite ‘no go.'”

Tom Hayes via the Daily Herald

While Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has explained in the past that there are some valid concerns about the reliability of Soldier Field, the team has a lease to play there through the 2033 season. Overall, it would be hard for the Bears to get the NFL to allow them to move locations as well.

Soldier Field was fist constructed in 1924 and remains one of the most traditional stadiums left in the league. All things considered, it would be a shock to Chicago sports fans and NFL fans in general if the Bears didn't play on the storied grounds anymore.

The Bears enter the 2021 NFL season with odds set at +184 to make the playoffs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.


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