Bears Take Major Step in New Stadium Plans to Leave Soldier Field for Arlington Park

The Chicago Bears have taken a major step in their plans to build a new stadium in Arlington Park.
The Chicago Bears have taken a major step in their plans to build a new stadium in Arlington Park. / Quinn Harris/Getty Images

Rumors swirled around the Chicago Bears and their potential plans to build a new stadium throughout the offseason. Those plans took a major step forward on Wednesday after the franchise announced the purchase of the Arlington Park property in Arlington Heights, Ill.

Chicago Bears New Stadium Arlington Heights

The Arlington Park property has been at the center of these new stadium rumors, acting as the proposed location for the Bears to break ground. Although the franchise has not made any definitive statements about building a stadium there, this is still the first of many steps in that process.

Team President Ted Phillips further explained the purchase of the Arlington Park property.

“[It’s] the critical next step in continuing our exploration of the property and its potential. Much work remains to be completed, including working closely with the Village of Arlington Heights and surrounding communities, before we can close on this transaction."

Bears President Ted Phillips

The Churchill Downs group, current owners of Arlington Park, announced the sale worth at $197.2 million and explained the closing process could take until the end of 2022 or into the beginning of 2023.

Soldier Field was fist constructed in 1924 and remains one of the most traditional stadiums left in the league.

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