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Bears News: Mike Ditka Weighs in on Potential Solider Field Relocation

Adam Taylor McKillop
Legendary Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka recently offered up his thoughts on the potential move from Soldier Field.
Legendary Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka recently offered up his thoughts on the potential move from Soldier Field. / Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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Aside from all of the discussion around the Chicago Bears' No. 1 QB in 2021, there's been another storyline dominating Bears' offseason. The team is exploring a potential move from the historic Soldier Field in downtown Chicago.

The possible relocation site? The Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights, a neighborhood that sits about a 40-minute drive from Soldier Field. Mike Ditka, one of the most legendary names in Bears history, recently offered up his opinion on the potential move. To put it lightly, he's not a fan.

“The Chicago Bears belong in the city of Chicago. That’s it. Call me an old-timer, call me a traditionalist, whatever. They’re a Chicago institution, and that should be the end of it.”

Mike Ditka

Ditka clearly doesn't want to see his franchise, the same franchise he coached to 106 victories and a Super Bowl Championship, move away from downtown Chicago. He doubled down on the comments, saying that he hopes to see the Arlington Racecourse remain status quo.

“Just like the Bears belong in Chicago, like Coach Halas had it, Arlington Park should remain a racetrack. It’s a gem, a thing of beauty. Arlington Heights is known around the world because of that racetrack. Racetrack in Arlington Heights, Bears in Chicago. That’s the end of it.”

Mike Ditka

There hasn't been any concrete decisions made about the Bears' future at Soldier Field. It's certainly not something that would be done in the immediate future, considering the Bears are signed to a lease to play there through the 2033 season. But, if this idea does come to fruition, this Bears legend won't be a fan.


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