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Bears’ 3 Soldier Field Dome Possibilities and Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Proposal

How would a dome look on top of Soldier Field?

Chicago Bears Soldier Field Lori Lightfoot dome
Photo: Landmark Chicago Interests/City of Chicago/HawleySports/Twitter

The Chicago Bears are very serious about moving to Arlington Heights and building on the property at Arlington Park. But in recent weeks, the Chicago Mayor, Lori Lightfoot, has been prodding ideas to keep the Bears in the city. Her office released renderings from said proposal and has three potential options for the Soldier Field dome.

Renderings Show A New Bears’ Dome

While many fans think this gesture by the Mayor’s office is nothing more than a last-ditch effort, credit should be given where it’s due. The renderings of the proposed dome and expansion for Soldier Field look interesting. But that’s all it is: interesting.

Actually following through with a project like this would mean negotiating and a ton of work. The money aspect of this proposal is still a bit shocking and frankly, ill-advised. According to Larry Hawley of WGN-TV and WGN News Now, the renovations would cost between $900 million and $2.2 billion. Why wouldn’t the McCaskey family spend a bit more money and get exactly what they wanted?

Chicago Bears Soldier Field Dome Mayor Lori Lightfoot rendering
Photo: Landmark Chicago Interests/City of Chicago/HawleySports/Twitter

A Glaring Issue

While this design is arguably a huge upgrade from the UFO-shaped disc protruding from Soldier Field, there seems to be one large issue. The vast opening at the north endzone does not make much sense.

If the goal is to increase the number of seats, upgrade the facility to a modern NFL stadium, and host a Super Bowl, then the gaping hole facing north is a ridiculous idea.

Of course, they could work wonders with modern temperature-control technology but why go that route? Why add another issue on top of something they are trying to fix? It’s a bit odd, to say the least.

3 Soldier Field Dome Possibilities

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office presented three possibilities for Soldier Field on Monday. Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic shared the proposals and they’re not as ridiculous as some might think. Although, the likelihood of the Chicago Bears taking the Mayor’s offer is still slim after discovering what the plans would be for Soldier Field.

The first option says to fully enclose the stadium but according to the renderings, it’s not fully enclosed. In both scenarios one and two, they would rebuild the endzones to support a dome. But neither option seems enticing enough to keep the Bears in Chicago.

The McCaskey family wants to build up exactly what they desire, including hotels, restaurants, and possibly a sportsbook. This proposal from Mayor Lori Lightfoot has good intentions but it’s far too little and way too late, as Lance Briggs recently said about the Bears and the Soldier Field situation.

It was a nice gesture, Mayor Lightfoot. But increasing seats and building an expensive dome on top of an outdated Soldier Field without room to expand the diameter of the property, is an idea destined to fail.

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