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

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    Why can New Jersey host the game and Chicago can't?
     
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    Seating capacity
     
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    Where are they gonna add them? Next to the United Center or out on Lakeshore Drive? By looking at the place it doesn't look to me like an expansion plan was ever built into the design. Maybe if the Bears had a bigger stadium the could have a fatter checkbook. I have to agree that building the smallest stadium in the NFL made NO sense at all. They can add seats but I don't think the NFL will be all that anxious to keep doing outdoor Super Bowls in places where the weather can easily be below zero on February. The were lucky and dodged a bullet this year but they won't always be that lucky. Besides who wanted to go to NJ for a Super Bowl celebration. They had trouble selling all the tickets.
     
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    And that's why they need a to add more seats and then we're ready to go. It's not a huge difference between 68,000 and 65,000, is it?
     
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    No, 3K is not really that big of a difference...

    but what about when someone with 64K wants to host, and they say... "Come on, Chicago hosted at 65K, whats one thousand" and so on and so on.

    I know it doesn't get much smaller than Soldier, but you see where I am going
     
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    I'll get serious here for a minute. Soldier Field used to seat over 100,000. In 1927 the Notre Dame vs USC game had an official attendance of 123,000. The 1926 Army Navy game drew 110,000 fans. In 1937 they actually had 115,000 watching the Austin v. Leo High School Prep Bowl football game. Must have been one heck of a high school matchup to draw 115k people.

    Over the years SF has drawn a lot of crowds over 100k. They even had over a quarter million people come to a Catholic mass there in the 1950's. Granted, that's seating in the field area itself for something like that. The Jack Dempsey/Gene Tunney heavyweight fight in 1927 had 104,000.

    The seating was cut down when the Bears started using the field in 1971 (they had been playing games before that, at Wrigley Field). They cut the capacity all the way down to 57,000. They did bring the seats closer to the field though. I'll try to find an old pic of SF when it held over 100k for games, and post it here.

    EDIT: Here's some.

    1926 Army/Navy game.
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    Here it is in 1953 before the Bears cut the capacity down from over 100k to 57k.
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    Fack..I just have to say WOW!!!! damn when i saw the Bears play the Bills in our Rogers Centre...AKA skydome it was said that attendance was almost 51k (Seats sold not actually full seats). I cannot imagine sitting with that many people....Fack I get itchy thinking about that...WOW
     
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    I think the Chicago Park District missed the label that said dry clean only.
     
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