Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is exploring whether to add thousands of seats to Soldier Field.

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  1. JustAnotherBearsFan99

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    It would be nice to have the capacity to host a Super Bowl here in Chicago.

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    Isn't Soldier Field one of, if not the smallest in regards to seating? Seems like a no brainer and it honestly should have been factored in before the restructured it.
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    It's about time Chicago gets to hold a Super Bowl. If New Jersey can do it, why not Chicago?
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    It's the smallest seating capacity in the NFL, yes.
    So dumb...
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    The Bears have a 98% season ticket renewal rate and have sold out every game since 1984. Chicago Bears fans would sell out Soldier Field no matter how much you expanded its capacity.
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    OK, here we go. Now we have King Rahm jumping into the mix

    This COULD HAVE been done when they built the damn thing Mr. Mayor, but your predecessor, the illustrious Mayor Daley was too freakin stupid to go for it. They actually REDUCED the capacity with the new renovation. He was too worried about the money and not having it perceived that the Bears were getting one over on him. Hell, he cried poor mouth then, and the city is worse off now. Fast forward a few years and the same Mayor Daley has suggested the city needs ANOTHER stadium to get a different NFL team in, now Rahm wants more seating. You watch, the next thing will be how to put a roof on what we have now (they had a design with a roof originally, but that would have cost too much).

    I swear, do the people of Chicago even think before they vote.

    I say, go ahead and build a big ass new stadium to try to get a 2nd NFL team here. IF you get them here, they wont last long because no one will go unless they play the Bears. Then once they move out, the Bears can move in.
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    So is Rahm going to get into a time machine? The time to do this was in 2002. I remember one of the sticking points on the stadium with more seats, a roof, and not looking like a space ship landed was that it would have taken two years to complete instead of one. Daley did not want to give up that revenue stream for two years that having the Bears home games brings. So shortsighted...
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    The math doesn't add up. You need 70,000 seats for a super bowl, we have 61,000 and he's adding 5,000? Sounds like we're about 4,000 short.
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    61k is stupid small for the Bears fan following!
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    And where would those seats go? Way up top like they tried at comisk...us cellular and they ripped em out? Would they install coin-op telescopes so you could see the game?
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    Each with its own bar ... each with its own bathroom , each with its own hot tub getting every feed from field level camaras on big screen TVs in stereo. What stays in Vegas stays in Vegas except for this SOLDIERS FIELD EXCLUSIVE® ...

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    You should run for mayor.

    It doesn't make much sense that the team with arguably the biggest market has the smallest capacity stadium. But it also doesn't make a lot of sense to renovate a stadium only to have to do it again a few years later.
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    Didn't you guys read the McCaskey's plan here? They are going to DOUBLE the seating capacity of Soldier Field for this coming season. The seating capacity will be in place for a bit over 120,000 for the opening home game. And it won't cost the city a penny (the McCaskey's are pretty smart with their money). They will sell two tickets for every seat now. One fan (with the "A" seat) is on the shoulders of the fan with the "B" ticket. It's not too bad if you get a smoking hot gal in the "upper" seat. I'd probably just get a fat old guy who farts a lot though :-(

    But we're ready for a Super Bowl bid now in Chicago, thanks to the forward thinking of the McCaskeys. Even the Mayor likes this idea :)
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    the reason they made the stadium small was to inflate ticket sales, i see what they did there! hahaha
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    Um no. If they had 20,000 more seats they'd probably still sell them all out. And make a lot more money. And generate more money for the city. Then again I'm not convinced public funds should pay for all of these upgrades, but it does make sense for them to contribute something as they will get a return especially if they got the superbowl.
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    Does this mean Da Bears get to play at Memorial Stadium for a year again?
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    Hopefully no repeat of the dreaded 2002 season. :-(
    I'd rather they just sold the two tickets per seat and had the fat guy sitting on my shoulders and farting, than to relive the Memorial Stadium season (not because the stadium is bad, but it was a rough season from the beginning). Although we had Henry Burris get playing time that year :)

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    I hate to say it.... but if they want to add more seats they might have to tear the place down and start from scratch.
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    Who are you kidding? You would be the fat old guy in the upper deck that farts a lot :).
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    Yeah, afraid that might be correct. You could probably add a couple thousand more in certain sections up high but thats about it. There's a huge amount of space on the lakeside taken up by luxury boxes and the design is inefficient for seat maximization because it was shoe-horned into the existing column facades.

    As ugly as it is from the outside (the "spaceship"), I will say SF is a great place inside to watch a game. The smallness makes it intimate and there really are relatively few seats that are "too far away" or have obstructed field views. But it simply was shortsighted and dumb to build the NFL's smallest seating capacity stadium in its largest undivided market.

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