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

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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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