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Soldier Field

For other uses, see Soldier Field (disambiguation).

Soldier Field is an American football and soccer stadium located in the Near South Side of Chicago, Illinois, near Downtown Chicago. It opened in 1924 and is the home field of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL), who moved there in 1971, and Chicago Fire FC of Major League Soccer (MLS). It has a football capacity of 61,500, and it is the oldest stadium in the NFL.

Soldier Field
  • "Stadium in a Park"
  • "Mistake by the Lake"
  • "The House That Papa Bear Halas Built"
  • "The House That Payton Built"
  • "Da Bears' Den"
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Former namesMunicipal Grant Park Stadium (1924–1925)
Address1410 S Museum Campus Drive (or 34 Walter Payton Place)
LocationChicago, Illinois
Coordinates41°51′44″N87°37′00″W /41.8623°N 87.6167°W /41.8623; -87.6167Coordinates: 41°51′44″N87°37′00″W /41.8623°N 87.6167°W /41.8623; -87.6167
Public transit Metra: 18th Street
Roosevelt
Red Orange Green
OwnerChicago Park District
OperatorSMG
Executive suites133
Capacity66,944 (1994)
61,500 (2003)
Acreage7 acres (2.8 ha)
Surface
Construction
Broke groundAugust 11, 1922
OpenedOctober 9, 1924
97 years ago September 29, 2003 (Reopening after renovations)
Renovated2002–2003
ClosedJanuary 19, 2002 – September 26, 2003 (renovations)
Construction costUS$13 million (original; $196 million in 2015 dollars)
Renovations (2001–2003): $632 million ($889 million in 2015 dollars)
ArchitectHolabird & Roche
Wood + Zapata, Inc.
Lohan Caprile Goettsch Architects
Project managerHoffman Associates
Structural engineerThornton Tomasetti
Services engineerEllerbe Becket
General contractorTurner/Barton Malow/Kenny
Tenants
Designated1987
Delisted2006

The stadium's interior was rebuilt as part of a major renovation project in 2002, which modernized the facility but lowered seating capacity, while also causing it to be delisted as a National Historic Landmark. Soldier Field has served as the home venue for a number of other sports teams in its history, including the Chicago Cardinals of the NFL, University of Notre Dame football, as well as games from the 1994 FIFA World Cup, the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, and multiple CONCACAF Gold Cup championships. In 1968, it hosted the inaugural World Games of the Special Olympics as well as its second World Games in 1970. Other historic events have included large rallies with speeches, including by Amelia Earhart, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King Jr.

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Sculpture of a sailor and his family, gazing eastward over Lake Michigan

Soldier Field was designed in 1919 and opened on October 9, 1924, as Municipal Grant Park Stadium. The name was changed to Soldier Field on November 11, 1925, as a memorial to U.S. soldiers who had died in combat. Its formal dedication as Soldier Field was held during the 29th annual playing of the Army–Navy Game on November 27, 1926. Several months earlier, in June, the stadium hosted several events during the 28th International Eucharistic Congress. Its design is in the Neoclassical style, with Doric columns rising above the East and West entrances. The stadium cost $13 million to construct ($182 million in 2015 dollars), a very large sum for a sporting venue at that time (in comparison, L.A. Memorial Coliseum had cost less than $1 million in 1923 dollars).

Early configuration

In its earliest configuration, Soldier Field was capable of seating 74,280 spectators and was in the shape of a U. Additional seating could be added along the interior field, upper promenades and on the large, open field and terrace beyond the north endzone, bringing the seating capacity to over 100,000.

Chicago Bears move in

1961 Chicago Bears offensive line in action. "Bears Workout at Soldier Field for Armed Forces game Friday."

Soldier Field was used as a site for many sporting events and exhibitions. The Chicago Cardinals used it as their home field for their final season in Chicago in 1959. Twelve years later in September 1971, the Chicago Bears moved in, originally with a three-year commitment. They previously played at Wrigley Field, best known as the home of the Chicago Cubs baseball team, but were forced to move to a larger venue due to post-AFL–NFL merger policies requiring that stadium capacities seat over 50,000 spectators. They had intended to build a stadium in Arlington Heights. In 1978, the Bears and the Chicago Park District agreed to a 20-year lease and renovation of the stadium. Both parties pooled their resources for the renovation. The playing surface was AstroTurf from 1971 through 1987, replaced with natural grass in 1988.

Replacement talks

In 1989, Soldier Field's future was in jeopardy after a proposal was created for a "McDome", which was intended to be a domed stadium for the Bears, but was rejected by the Illinois Legislature in 1990. Because of this, Bears president Michael McCaskey considered relocation as a possible factor for a new stadium. The Bears had also purchased options in Hoffman Estates, Elk Grove Village, and Aurora. In 1995, McCaskey announced that he and Northwest Indiana developers agreed to construction of an entertainment complex called "Planet Park", which would also include a new stadium. However, the plan was rejected by the Lake County Council, and in 1998, Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley proposed that the Bears share Comiskey Park with the Chicago White Sox.

Renovations

Soldier Field in 1988
Aerial view of Soldier Field during renovation in April 2002
Soldier Field as seen from Lake Shore Drive in 2013. The modern grandstands, added in 2003, extend well above the original Neoclassical columns.

Beginning in 1978, the plank seating was replaced by individual seats with backs and armrests. In 1982, a new press box as well as 60 skyboxes were added to the stadium, boosting capacity to 66,030. In 1988, 56 more skyboxes were added increasing capacity to 66,946. Capacity was slightly increased to 66,950 in 1992. By 1994, capacity was slightly reduced to 66,944. During the renovation, seating capacity was reduced to 55,701 by building a grandstand in the open end of the U shape. This moved the field closer to both ends at the expense of seating capacity. The goal of this renovation was to move the fans closer to the field. The front row 50-yard line seats were only 55 feet (17 m) away from the sidelines, the shortest distance of all NFL stadiums, until MetLife Stadium opened in 2010 with a distance of 46 feet (14 m).[citation needed]

Landmark delisting

In 2001, the Chicago Park District, which owns the structure, faced substantial criticism when it announced plans to alter the stadium with a design by Benjamin T. Wood and Carlos Zapata of the Boston-based architecture firm Wood + Zapata. Stadium grounds were reconfigured by Chicago-based architecture firm of Lohan Associate, led by architect Dirk Lohan, the grandson of architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The stadium's interior would be demolished and reconstructed while the exterior would be preserved. This is an example of facadism. A similar endeavor of constructing a new stadium within the confines of an historic stadium's exterior was completed in Leipzig, Germany's Red Bull Arena, which similarly built a modern stadium while preserving the exterior of the original Zentralstadion. Fans and radio hosts such as WSCR's Mike North criticized the small seating capacity of the new venue, and fans for years have criticized the Park District's lack of care to the field surface after the first seasonal freeze and a refusal to consider a new-generation artificial surface, leaving the team to play on dead grass.

On January 19, 2002, the night of the Bears' playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, demolition was begun as tailgate fires still burned in the trash cans in the parking lots. Removal of 24,000 stadium seats in 36 hours by Archer Seating Clearinghouse, a speed record never exceeded since, was the first step in building the new Soldier Field. Nostalgic Bears fans, recalling the glory seasons, especially 1985, along with some retired players picked up their seats in the South Parking lot.

The foremen on the job were Grant Wedding, who himself installed the seats in 1979, and Mark Wretschko, who was an executive for the factory who made the new seats.

Dozens of articles by writers and columnists attacked the project as an aesthetic, political, and financial nightmare. The project received mixed reviews within the architecture community, including criticism by civic and preservation groups. Prominent American architect and Chicagoan Stanley Tigerman called it "a fiasco". The Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin dubbed it the "Eyesore on the Lake Shore", while others called it "Monstrosity on the Midway" or "Mistake by the Lake". The renovation was described by some as "a spaceship landed on the stadium". Lohan responded,

"I would never say that Soldier Field is an architectural landmark. Nobody has copied it; nobody has learned from it. People like it for nostalgic reasons. They remember the games and parades and tractor pulls and veterans' affairs they've seen there over the years. I wouldn't do this if it were the Parthenon. But this isn't the Parthenon."

View from NEMA

Proponents argued the renovation was direly needed citing aging and cramped facilities. The New York Times ranked the renovated Soldier Field as one of the five best new buildings of 2003. Soldier Field was given an award in design excellence by the American Institute of Architects in 2004.

On September 23, 2004, as a result of the 2003 renovation, a 10-member federal advisory committee unanimously recommended that Soldier Field be delisted as a National Historic Landmark. The recommendation to delist was prepared by Carol Ahlgren, architectural historian at the National Park Service's Midwest Regional Office in Omaha, Nebraska. Ahlgren was quoted in Preservation Online as stating that "if we had let this stand, I believe it would have lowered the standard of National Historic Landmarks throughout the country", and, "If we want to keep the integrity of the program, let alone the landmarks, we really had no other recourse." The stadium lost the Landmark designation on February 17, 2006.

Subsequent developments

In May 2012, the stadium became the first NFL stadium to achieve LEED status.

On July 9, 2019, the Chicago Fire announced an agreement with the Village of Bridgeview to release the Fire from its lease for SeatGeek Stadium. As a result, the Fire returned to Soldier Field for the 2020 MLS season.

On June 17, 2021, the Chicago Bears submitted a bid for the Arlington Park Racetrack land, making a move from Soldier Field to a new venue more possible. The Bears and Churchill Downs Incorporated announced an agreement had been reached between the two for the property on September 29, 2021.

The closest Chicago 'L' station to Soldier Field is the Roosevelt station on the Orange, Green and Red lines. The Chicago Transit Authority also operates the #128 Soldier Field Express bus route to the stadium from Ogilvie Transportation Center and Union Station. There are also two Metra stations close by—the Museum Campus/11th Street station on the Metra Electric Line, which also is used by South Shore Line trains, and 18th Street, which is only served by the Metra Electric Line. Pace also provides access from the Northwest, West and Southwest suburbs to the stadium with four express routes from Schaumburg, Lombard, Bolingbrook, Burr Ridge, Palos Heights and Oak Lawn.

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Football

Single events

The Army–Navy Game in 1926.
  • The stadium hosted its first football game, on October 4, 1924, between Louisville Male High School and Chicago's Austin Community Academy High School. Louisville's team won 26–0. (Chicago Tribune, October 2, 1924)
  • Over 100,000 spectators attended the 1926 Army–Navy Game. It would decide the national championship, as Navy entered undefeated and Army had lost only to Notre Dame. The game lived up to its hype, and even though it ended in a 21–21 tie, Navy was awarded the national championship.
  • The all-time collegiate attendance record of 123,000+ was established November 26, 1927, as Notre Dame beat the USC Trojans 7–6. Subsequently, in 2016, 150,000+ attended a game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and Tennessee Volunteers at Bristol Speedway.
  • Austin defeated Leo to win the 1937 Chicago Prep Bowl; another contender for the highest attendance ever (estimated at over 120,000 spectators). The Chicago Prep Bowl games are held at Soldier Field yearly on the day after Thanksgiving. The bowl game is older than the IHSA state championship tournament held since the 1960s.
  • The stadium was host to 41 College All-Star Games, an exhibition between the previous year's NFL champion (or, in its final years, Super Bowl champion) and a team of collegiate all-star players prior to their reporting to their new professional teams training camps. This game was discontinued after the 1976 NFL Season. The final game in 1976 was halted in the third quarter when a torrential thunderstorm broke out and play was never resumed.
  • In 2012, Notre Dame hosted a game at Soldier Field against the University of Miami as part of their Shamrock Series.
  • Four NFC Championship Games have been held at the stadium.
  • NFL teams winless at Soldier Field: Baltimore Ravens (0–3) and Cleveland Browns (0–3).

NFL playoffs

Aerial view of the stadium in 2008
The outside of soldier field, stating: "Soldier Field, dedicated to the men and women of the armed services".
  • Other Bears playoff games at Soldier Field:

College football

NIU Huskies football plays select games at Soldier Field, all of which have featured the Huskies hosting a team from the Big Ten Conference. Northern Illinois University (NIU) is located in DeKalb, 65 miles (105 km) to the west on Interstate 88.

  • On September 1, 2007, NIU faced the University of Iowa in the first Division I College Football game at Soldier Field since renovations. The Hawkeyes defeated the Huskies, 16–3.
  • On September 17, 2011, the Huskies returned to play the Wisconsin Badgers in a game that was called "Soldier Field Showdown II". The eventual Big Ten champion Badgers topped NIU, 49–7.
  • On September 1, 2012, NIU hosted the Iowa Hawkeyes in a season opener that was called "Soldier Field Showdown III". The Hawkeyes narrowly defeated the Huskies, 18–17.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish football used the stadium as home field for the 1929 season while Notre Dame Stadium was being constructed. The school has used Soldier Field for single games on occasion both prior to and since the 1929 season, and boasts an undefeated 10-0-2 record there. At Soldier Field, Notre Dame has played Northwestern four times, USC and Wisconsin twice, and Army, Drake, Great Lakes Naval Base, Navy, and Miami once each.

Hockey

On February 7, 2013 the stadium hosted a high school hockey game between St. Rita High School from the city's Southwest side and Fenwick High School from suburban Oak Park.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Miami RedHawks played a doubleheader on February 17, 2013 with the Wisconsin Badgers and Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Hockey City Classic, the first outdoor hockey game in the history of the stadium. A Chicago Gay Hockey Association intra-squad game was held in affiliation with the Hockey City Classic.

The Chicago Blackhawks played against the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 1, 2014 as part of the NHL's Stadium Series. The Blackhawks defeated the Penguins 5–1 before a sold-out crowd of 62,921. The team also held its 2015 Stanley Cup Championship celebration at the stadium instead of Grant Park, where other city championships have typically been held, due to recent rains.

February 7, 2015 Soldier Field hosted another edition of the Hockey City Classic. The event had been delayed due to unusually warm weather (42 °F (6 °C)) and complications with the quality of the ice. The 2015 edition of the Hockey City Classic featured a match between Miami University and Western Michigan, followed by a match between the Big Ten's Michigan and Michigan State February 5 the organizers of the Hockey City Classic organized the Unite on the Ice event benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The event was centered upon a celebrity hockey game with former NHL and AHL players, as well as a public free skate at Soldier Field. Participants in the celebrity game included Éric Dazé, Jamal Mayers and Gino Cavallini. Denis Savard was in attendance, serving as an 'honorary coach' during the game. February 15, 2015 Soldier Field hosted another Chicago Gay Hockey Association intra-league match in association with the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field.

Date Away Team Result Home Team Spectators
February 7, 2013 St. Rita High School 0–3 Fenwick High School unknown
February 17, 2013 Miami (OH) 1–2 Notre Dame 52,051
Minnesota 2–3 Wisconsin 52,051
March 1, 2014 Pittsburgh Penguins 1–5 Chicago Blackhawks 62,921
February 7, 2015 Miami (OH) 4–3 Western Michigan 22,751
Michigan State 1–4 Michigan 22,751

Soccer

1994 FIFA World Cup

Soldier Field before a soccer game
Date Time (CDT) Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Spectators
June 17, 1994 2:00PM Germany 1–0 Bolivia Group C/Opening Match 63,117
June 21, 1994 3:00PM Germany 1–1 Spain Group C 63,113
June 26, 1994 11:30AM Greece 0–4 Bulgaria Group D 63,160
June 27, 1994 3:00PM Bolivia 1–3 Spain Group C 63,089
July 2, 1994 11:00AM Germany 3–2 Belgium Round of 16 60,246

1999 FIFA Women's World Cup

Date Time (CDT) Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Spectators
June 24, 1999 17.00 Brazil 2–0 Italy Group B 65,080
19.00 United States 7–1 Nigeria Group A 65,080
June 26, 1999 16.00 Ghana 0–2 Sweden Group D 34,256
18.30 Norway 4–0 Japan Group C 34,256

CONCACAF Gold Cups

2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Date Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Spectators
21 June 2007 Canada 1–2 United States Semifinals 50,760
Mexico 1–0 Guadeloupe
June 24, 2007 United States 2–1 Mexico Final 60,000

2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Date Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Spectators
23 July 2009 Honduras 1–2 United States Semifinals 55,173
Costa Rica 1–1 (3–5 pen) Mexico

2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Date Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Spectators
12 June 2011 El Salvador 6–1 Cuba Group A 62,000
Mexico 4–1 Costa Rica

2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Date Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Spectators
July 28, 2013 United States 1–0 Panama Final 57,920

2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Date Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Spectators
July 9, 2015 Trinidad and Tobago 3–1 Guatemala Group C 54,126
Mexico 6–0 Cuba

Copa América Centenario

Date Time (CDT) Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Spectators
June 5, 2016 4:00PM Jamaica 0–1 Venezuela Group C 25,560
June 7, 2016 7:00PM United States 4–0 Costa Rica Group A 39,642
June 10, 2016 8:30PM Argentina 5–0 Panama Group D 53,885
June 22, 2016 7:00PM Colombia 0–2 Chile Semi-finals 55,423

2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Date Time (CDT) Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Spectators
July 7, 2019 8:15PM Mexico 1–0 United States Final 62,493

Single events

Special Olympics

The first Special Olympics games were held at Soldier Field on July 20, 1968. The games involved more than 1,000 people with intellectual disabilities from 26 U.S. states and Canada competing in track and field and swimming. In 1970, the second international games occurred, when Special Olympics returned to Soldier Field.

Rugby union

The stadium hosted its first international rugby union test match between the United States Eagles and New Zealand All Blacks on November 1, 2014 as part of the 2014 end-of-year rugby union tests. More than half of the 61,500 tickets were sold within two days. The All Blacks beat the Eagles 74–6. The stadium hosted its second international rugby union match on September 5, 2015 with the United States hosting Australia as part of the 2015 Rugby World Cup warm-up matches shortly before both teams were due to travel to England for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The Eagles were defeated 47–10. Ireland beat New Zealand 40–29 on November 5, 2016 at Soldier Field, as part of the 2016 end-of-year rugby union internationals – the very first time Ireland had beaten the All Blacks in a Test match in 111 years of play.

Date Winner Score Opponent Attendance
November 1, 2014 New Zealand 74–6 United States 61,500
September 5, 2015 Australia 47–10 United States 23,212
November 5, 2016 Ireland 40–29 New Zealand 60,000
November 3, 2018 New Zealand Black Ferns (NZ Women's Rugby team 67–6 United States Women's team 30,051
Ireland 54–7 Italy
Māori All Blacks 59–22 United States

Concerts

Date Artist Opening act(s) Tour / concert name Attendance / Capacity Revenue Notes
August 21, 1937 Lily Pons
Rudy Vallee
Jascha Heifetz
Bobby Breen
N/A 8th Annual Chicagoland Music Festival N/A N/A
August 15, 1964 Johnny Cash
June Carter
N/A Chicagoland Music Festival N/A N/A
August 9, 1966 Barbra Streisand N/A An Evening with Barbra Streisand Tour N/A N/A
July 18, 1970
Performers
N/A WCFL's Big Ten Summer Music Festival N/A N/A
June 4, 1977 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Foghat
The J. Geils Band
Climax Blues Band
ELP Works N/A N/A
June 19, 1977 Pink Floyd N/A In the Flesh Tour 95,000 N/A
July 9, 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd Point Blank 77,197 N/A
July 10, 1977 Ted Nugent Lynyrd Skynyrd
REO Speedwagon
Journey
.38 Special
Super Bowl of Rock #3 N/A N/A
August 13, 1977 Peter Frampton Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Rick Derringer
UFO
N/A N/A
July 8, 1978 The Rolling Stones Journey
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
Peter Tosh
The Rolling Stones US Tour 1978 N/A N/A
August 26, 1978 Parliament-Funkadelic The Bar-Kays
Con Funk Shun
A Taste of Honey
Funk Fest N/A N/A
July 19, 1980 Smokey Robinson The O'Jays N/A N/A
August 10–18, 1983 N/A ChicagoFest N/A N/A
August 9, 1985 Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band N/A Born in the U.S.A. Tour 71,222 / 71,222 $1,228,500
July 31, 1987 Madonna Level 42 Who's That Girl World Tour 47,407 / 47,407 $1,066,658
July 29, 1990 Paul McCartney N/A The Paul McCartney World Tour 55,630 / 55,630 $1,807,975
June 22, 1991 Grateful Dead N/A N/A N/A
June 25, 1992 Steve Miller Band
June 26, 1992
June 18, 1993 Sting
June 19, 1993
July 12, 1994 Pink Floyd N/A The Division Bell Tour 51,981 / 51,981 $2,056,105
July 23, 1994 Grateful Dead Traffic N/A N/A
July 24, 1994
September 11, 1994 The Rolling Stones Lenny Kravitz Voodoo Lounge Tour 90,303 / 90,303 $4,194,320
September 12, 1994
July 8, 1995 Grateful Dead The Band N/A N/A The 1995 Grateful Dead concerts were the band's last, as guitarist and vocalist Jerry Garcia died a month later.
July 9, 1995
July 11, 1995 Pearl Jam Bad Religion
Otis Rush
Vitalogy Tour N/A N/A Played on the Grateful Dead's Stage
September 14, 1996 Little Feat Taj Mahal N/A N/A
June 27, 1997 U2 Fun Lovin' Criminals PopMart Tour 116,912 / 127,500 $5,956,587
June 28, 1997
June 29, 1997
July 18, 1997 N/A Vans Warped Tour N/A N/A
September 23, 1997 The Rolling Stones Blues Traveler Bridges to Babylon Tour 107,186 / 107,186 $6,260,000
September 25, 1997
May 10, 1998 George Strait N/A Country Music Festival Tour N/A N/A
April 25, 1999
May 13, 2000 Wilco N/A N/A N/A
June 29, 2000 Dave Matthews Band Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Ozomatli
The Summer 2000 Tour 115,006 / 115,006 $5,175,270
June 30, 2000
June 16, 2001 NSYNC BBMak
3LW
Dream
PopOdyssey 85,650 / 103,903 $4,739,359
June 17, 2001
July 6, 2001 Dave Matthews Band Buddy Guy
Angélique Kidjo
The Summer 2001 Tour 103,675 / 103,675 $4,834,864
July 7, 2001
September 10, 2005 The Rolling Stones Los Lonely Boys A Bigger Bang 55,046 / 55,046 $7,231,427
July 21, 2006 Bon Jovi Nickelback Have a Nice Day Tour 52,612 / 52,612 $3,988,455
October 11, 2006 The Rolling Stones Elvis Costello & The Imposters A Bigger Bang 33,296 / 33,296 $4,020,721
June 21, 2008 Kenny Chesney Keith Urban
LeAnn Rimes
Luke Bryan
Gary Allan
The Poets and Pirates Tour 46,463 / 48,585 $4,063,663
October 11–12, 2008 N/A Chicago Country Music Festival N/A N/A
June 13, 2009 Kenny Chesney Lady Antebellum
Miranda Lambert
Montgomery Gentry
Sugarland
Sun City Carnival Tour 48,763 / 50,109 $3,184,606
September 12, 2009 U2 Snow Patrol U2 360° Tour 135,872 / 135,872 $13,860,480
September 13, 2009
June 12, 2010 N/A The Bamboozle Roadshow 2010 N/A N/A Event held at Soldier Field parking lot
June 19, 2010 Eagles Dixie Chicks
JD & The Straight Shot
Long Road Out of Eden Tour 29,233 / 32,420 $3,186,493
July 7, 2010 deadmau5 Rye Rye
Brazilian Girls
N/A N/A
July 30, 2010 Bon Jovi Kid Rock The Circle Tour 95,959 / 95,959 $8,606,259
July 31, 2010
July 5, 2011 U2 Interpol U2 360° Tour 64,297 / 64,297 $5,786,335
August 23, 2011 Wayne Baker Brooks Sugar Blue N/A N/A
July 7, 2012 Kenny Chesney
Tim McGraw
Jake Owen
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Brothers of the Sun Tour 51,100 / 51,100 $5,109,399
July 12, 2013 Bon Jovi The J. Geils Band Because We Can 45,178 / 45,178 $4,690,204
July 22, 2013 Jay-Z
Justin Timberlake
DJ Cassidy Legends of the Summer 52,671 / 52,671 $5,715,152
August 10, 2013 Taylor Swift Ed Sheeran
Casey James
Austin Mahone
The Red Tour 50,809 / 50,809 $4,149,148
July 24, 2014 Beyoncé
Jay-Z
N/A On the Run Tour 50,035 / 50,035 $5,783,396
August 29, 2014 One Direction 5 Seconds of Summer Where We Are Tour 104,617 / 104,617 $9,446,247 During the August 29 show, the band performed a cover of "Happy Birthday" by Mildred J. Hill dedicated to Liam, and one of "The Way You Make Me Feel" by Michael Jackson.
August 30, 2014
August 31, 2014 Luke Bryan Dierks Bentley
Lee Brice
Cole Swindell
DJ Rock
That's My Kind of Night Tour 50,529 / 50,529 $3,754,362
June 6, 2015 Kenny Chesney
Miranda Lambert
Brantley Gilbert
Chase Rice
Old Dominion
The Big Revival Tour 43,630 / 48,278 $3,776,207 Chesney was the main headliner, Lambert joined as the co-headliner only for the Chicago show
July 3, 2015 Fare Thee Well N/A Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead 210,283 / 210,283 $30,683,274 50th Anniversary concerts
July 4, 2015
July 5, 2015
July 18, 2015 Taylor Swift Vance Joy
Shawn Mendes
HAIM
The 1989 World Tour 110,109 / 110,109 $11,469,887 Andy Grammer and Serayah were special guests on the July 18 show
July 19, 2015 Sam Hunt and Andreja Pejić & Lily Donaldson were special guests on the July 19 show
August 23, 2015 One Direction Icona Pop On the Road Again Tour 41,527 / 41,527 $3,382,655
May 27, 2016 Beyoncé Rae Sremmurd The Formation World Tour 89,270 / 89,270 $11,279,890
May 28, 2016 DJ Scratch
July 1, 2016 Guns N' Roses Alice in Chains Not in This Lifetime... Tour 82,172 / 96,088 $8,843,684
July 3, 2016
July 23, 2016 Coldplay Alessia Cara
Foxes
A Head Full of Dreams Tour 95,323 / 95,323 $10,215,572 The July 23 show was cut short due to inclement weather.
July 24, 2016
June 3, 2017 U2 The Lumineers The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 105,078 / 105,078 $13,435,925
June 4, 2017
June 18, 2017 Metallica Avenged Sevenfold
Local H
Mix Master Mike
WorldWired Tour 51,041 / 51,041 $6,093,976
August 17, 2017 Coldplay AlunaGeorge
Izzy Bizu
A Head Full of Dreams Tour 52,726 / 52,726 $6,026,402
June 1, 2018 Taylor Swift Camila Cabello
Charli XCX
Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour 105,208 / 105,208 $14,576,697
June 2, 2018
July 28, 2018 Kenny Chesney Thomas Rhett
Old Dominion
Brandon Lay
Trip Around The Sun Tour 52,189 / 52,189 $5,751,195
August 10, 2018 Beyoncé
Jay-Z
Chloe X Halle and DJ Khaled On the Run II Tour 86,602 / 86,602 $12,303,099 During the second show, "Summer" was added to the setlist. "Apeshit" was also performed for the first time in its entirety with choreography and background dancers.
August 11, 2018
October 4, 2018 Ed Sheeran Snow Patrol
Lauv
÷ Tour 47,263 / 47,263 $4,339,350
May 11, 2019 BTS N/A Love Yourself World Tour 88,156 / 88,156 $13,345,795
May 12, 2019
June 21, 2019 The Rolling Stones St. Paul and the Broken Bones No Filter Tour 98,228 / 98,228 $21,741,564
June 25, 2019 Whiskey Myers
August 26, 2021 Kanye West N/A Kanye West Presents: The Donda Album Experience Third listening event before the release of his album Donda.
June 25, 2022 Kenny Chesney Florida Georgia Line

Old Dominion Michael Franti & Spearhead

Here and Now Tour
August 19, 2022 Red Hot Chili Peppers The Strokes
Thundercat
2022 Global Stadium Tour


Other events

President Franklin D. Roosevelt at Soldier Field
Gen. Douglas MacArthur at Soldier Field
Opening ceremonies of the 2006 Gay Games
  • In the Marvel Comics event Siege, Soldier Field is inadvertently destroyed mid-game by Thor's friend Volstagg when he is tricked into fighting the U-Foes through Loki and Norman Osborn's manipulations of events. The stadium is later seen being rebuilt by the heroes after Steve Rogers is appointed head of U.S. Security, following the aforementioned event.
  • The 1977 documentary film Powers of Ten focuses on two people having a picnic on the east side of Soldier Field.
  • The stadium appears in the 2006 Clint Eastwood–directed movie Flags of Our Fathers, when the survivors of the Iwo Jima flag-raising reenact it for a patriotic rally.
  • The opening match of the 1994 World Cup at Soldier Field was one of the five events covered in the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary June 17, 1994.
  • Soldier Field features (much changed) in August 4017a.d. in From The Highlands short story in David Weber's anthology collection Changer Of Worlds. It appears to have gone through multiple renovations, rebuilds and even having been built over, until nothing but the open space of the original remained.
  • In Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X, one of the games missions takes place in Chicago. Soldier Field can be seen along with the rest of the city.
  • In the 13th episode of Chicago Fire's fourth season, Soldier Field is featured on one of their calls for a terrorist hoax. The stadium appears again in the 21st episode of the fifth season as one of their calls for a high angle rescue. This stadium is featured again in the eighth season as members of firehouse 51 respond to help victims of a deadly infection.
  • Aerial view, c. 1988, behind the stadium is the Field Museum of Natural History

  • View from Northerly Island

  • The stadium mid-renovation in March 2003.

  • Front of bronze mural

  • View towards the western grandstand's cantilever over the original western colonnade

  • Soldier Field nearing completion, 1924

  • Football game

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Soldier Field Language Watch Edit For other uses see Soldier Field disambiguation Soldier Field is an American football and soccer stadium located in the Near South Side of Chicago Illinois near Downtown Chicago It opened in 1924 and is the home field of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League NFL who moved there in 1971 and Chicago Fire FC of Major League Soccer MLS 12 13 It has a football capacity of 61 500 and it is the oldest stadium in the NFL Soldier Field Stadium in a Park Mistake by the Lake The House That Papa Bear Halas Built The House That Payton Built Da Bears Den Soldier FieldLocation in ChicagoShow map of ChicagoSoldier FieldLocation in IllinoisShow map of IllinoisSoldier FieldLocation in the United StatesShow map of the United StatesFormer namesMunicipal Grant Park Stadium 1924 1925 Address1410 S Museum Campus Drive or 34 Walter Payton Place LocationChicago IllinoisCoordinates41 51 44 N 87 37 00 W 41 8623 N 87 6167 W 41 8623 87 6167 Coordinates 41 51 44 N 87 37 00 W 41 8623 N 87 6167 W 41 8623 87 6167 1 Public transitMetra 18th Street Roosevelt Red Orange GreenOwnerChicago Park DistrictOperatorSMGExecutive suites133Capacity66 944 1994 61 500 2003 2 Acreage7 acres 2 8 ha 3 SurfaceKentucky Bluegrass 1924 1970 1988 present AstroTurf 1971 1987 ConstructionBroke groundAugust 11 1922 4 OpenedOctober 9 1924 97 years ago September 29 2003 Reopening after renovations Renovated2002 2003ClosedJanuary 19 2002 September 26 2003 renovations Construction costUS 13 million original 3 196 million in 2015 dollars 5 Renovations 2001 2003 632 million 6 889 million in 2015 dollars 5 ArchitectHolabird amp Roche Wood Zapata Inc Lohan Caprile Goettsch ArchitectsProject managerHoffman Associates 7 Structural engineerThornton TomasettiServices engineerEllerbe Becket 7 General contractorTurner Barton Malow Kenny 7 TenantsChicago Bears NFL 1971 2001 2003 present Chicago Fire FC MLS 1998 2001 2003 2005 2020 present Notre Dame Fighting Irish football NCAA 1929 8 9 Chicago Rockets Hornets AAFC 1946 1949 Chicago Cardinals NFL 1959 UIC Chikas football NCAA 1966 1973 10 11 Chicago Spurs NPSL 1967 Chicago Owls CFL 1968 1969 Chicago Sting NASL 1975 1976 Chicago Fire WFL 1974 Chicago Winds WFL 1975 Chicago Fire AFA 1981 Chicago Blitz USFL 1983 1984 Chicago Enforcers XFL 2001Former U S National Historic LandmarkDesignated1987Delisted2006 The stadium s interior was rebuilt as part of a major renovation project in 2002 which modernized the facility but lowered seating capacity while also causing it to be delisted as a National Historic Landmark Soldier Field has served as the home venue for a number of other sports teams in its history including the Chicago Cardinals of the NFL University of Notre Dame football as well as games from the 1994 FIFA World Cup the 1999 FIFA Women s World Cup and multiple CONCACAF Gold Cup championships In 1968 it hosted the inaugural World Games of the Special Olympics as well as its second World Games in 1970 Other historic events have included large rallies with speeches including by Amelia Earhart Franklin D Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr Contents 1 History 1 1 Early configuration 1 2 Chicago Bears move in 1 3 Replacement talks 1 4 Renovations 1 4 1 Landmark delisting 1 5 Subsequent developments 2 Public transportation 3 Events 3 1 Football 3 1 1 Single events 3 2 NFL playoffs 3 2 1 College football 3 3 Hockey 3 4 Soccer 3 4 1 1994 FIFA World Cup 3 4 2 1999 FIFA Women s World Cup 3 4 3 CONCACAF Gold Cups 3 4 4 Copa America Centenario 3 4 5 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup 3 4 6 Single events 3 5 Special Olympics 3 6 Rugby union 3 7 Concerts 3 8 Other events 4 In popular culture 5 Gallery 6 See also 7 References 8 Further reading 9 External linksHistory Edit Sculpture of a sailor and his family gazing eastward over Lake Michigan Soldier Field was designed in 1919 and opened on October 9 1924 as Municipal Grant Park Stadium The name was changed to Soldier Field on November 11 1925 as a memorial to U S soldiers who had died in combat Its formal dedication as Soldier Field was held during the 29th annual playing of the Army Navy Game 14 on November 27 1926 15 Several months earlier in June the stadium hosted several events during the 28th International Eucharistic Congress Its design is in the Neoclassical style with Doric columns rising above the East and West entrances 16 The stadium cost 13 million to construct 182 million in 2015 dollars a very large sum for a sporting venue at that time in comparison L A Memorial Coliseum had cost less than 1 million in 1923 dollars Early configuration Edit In its earliest configuration Soldier Field was capable of seating 74 280 spectators and was in the shape of a U Additional seating could be added along the interior field upper promenades and on the large open field and terrace beyond the north endzone 17 bringing the seating capacity to over 100 000 18 Chicago Bears move in Edit 1961 Chicago Bears offensive line in action Bears Workout at Soldier Field for Armed Forces game Friday Soldier Field was used as a site for many sporting events and exhibitions The Chicago Cardinals used it as their home field for their final season in Chicago in 1959 Twelve years later in September 1971 the Chicago Bears moved in originally with a three year commitment 12 13 They previously played at Wrigley Field best known as the home of the Chicago Cubs baseball team but were forced to move to a larger venue due to post AFL NFL merger policies requiring that stadium capacities seat over 50 000 spectators They had intended to build a stadium in Arlington Heights In 1978 the Bears and the Chicago Park District agreed to a 20 year lease and renovation of the stadium Both parties pooled their resources for the renovation 19 The playing surface was AstroTurf from 1971 through 1987 replaced with natural grass in 1988 20 Replacement talks Edit In 1989 Soldier Field s future was in jeopardy after a proposal was created for a McDome which was intended to be a domed stadium for the Bears but was rejected by the Illinois Legislature in 1990 Because of this Bears president Michael McCaskey considered relocation as a possible factor for a new stadium The Bears had also purchased options in Hoffman Estates Elk Grove Village and Aurora In 1995 McCaskey announced that he and Northwest Indiana developers agreed to construction of an entertainment complex called Planet Park which would also include a new stadium However the plan was rejected by the Lake County Council and in 1998 Chicago mayor Richard M Daley proposed that the Bears share Comiskey Park with the Chicago White Sox 21 Renovations Edit Soldier Field in 1988 Aerial view of Soldier Field during renovation in April 2002 Soldier Field as seen from Lake Shore Drive in 2013 The modern grandstands added in 2003 extend well above the original Neoclassical columns Beginning in 1978 the plank seating was replaced by individual seats with backs and armrests In 1982 a new press box as well as 60 skyboxes were added to the stadium boosting capacity to 66 030 In 1988 56 more skyboxes were added increasing capacity to 66 946 Capacity was slightly increased to 66 950 in 1992 By 1994 capacity was slightly reduced to 66 944 During the renovation seating capacity was reduced to 55 701 by building a grandstand in the open end of the U shape This moved the field closer to both ends at the expense of seating capacity The goal of this renovation was to move the fans closer to the field 14 The front row 50 yard line seats were only 55 feet 17 m away from the sidelines the shortest distance of all NFL stadiums until MetLife Stadium opened in 2010 with a distance of 46 feet 14 m citation needed Landmark delisting Edit In 2001 the Chicago Park District which owns the structure faced substantial criticism when it announced plans to alter the stadium with a design by Benjamin T Wood and Carlos Zapata of the Boston based architecture firm Wood Zapata Stadium grounds were reconfigured by Chicago based architecture firm of Lohan Associate led by architect Dirk Lohan the grandson of architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe The stadium s interior would be demolished and reconstructed while the exterior would be preserved This is an example of facadism A similar endeavor of constructing a new stadium within the confines of an historic stadium s exterior was completed in Leipzig Germany s Red Bull Arena which similarly built a modern stadium while preserving the exterior of the original Zentralstadion Fans and radio hosts such as WSCR s Mike North criticized the small seating capacity of the new venue and fans for years have criticized the Park District s lack of care to the field surface after the first seasonal freeze and a refusal to consider a new generation artificial surface leaving the team to play on dead grass On January 19 2002 the night of the Bears playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles demolition was begun as tailgate fires still burned in the trash cans in the parking lots Removal of 24 000 stadium seats in 36 hours by Archer Seating Clearinghouse a speed record never exceeded since was the first step in building the new Soldier Field Nostalgic Bears fans recalling the glory seasons especially 1985 along with some retired players picked up their seats in the South Parking lot The foremen on the job were Grant Wedding who himself installed the seats in 1979 and Mark Wretschko who was an executive for the factory who made the new seats Dozens of articles by writers and columnists attacked the project as an aesthetic political and financial nightmare The project received mixed reviews within the architecture community including criticism by civic and preservation groups 22 Prominent American architect and Chicagoan Stanley Tigerman called it a fiasco 23 The Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin dubbed it the Eyesore on the Lake Shore 24 25 26 while others called it Monstrosity on the Midway or Mistake by the Lake 27 The renovation was described by some as a spaceship landed on the stadium 28 29 Lohan responded I would never say that Soldier Field is an architectural landmark Nobody has copied it nobody has learned from it People like it for nostalgic reasons They remember the games and parades and tractor pulls and veterans affairs they ve seen there over the years I wouldn t do this if it were the Parthenon But this isn t the Parthenon 23 View from NEMA Proponents argued the renovation was direly needed citing aging and cramped facilities The New York Times ranked the renovated Soldier Field as one of the five best new buildings of 2003 30 Soldier Field was given an award in design excellence by the American Institute of Architects in 2004 31 On September 23 2004 as a result of the 2003 renovation a 10 member federal advisory committee unanimously recommended that Soldier Field be delisted as a National Historic Landmark 32 33 The recommendation to delist was prepared by Carol Ahlgren architectural historian at the National Park Service s Midwest Regional Office in Omaha Nebraska Ahlgren was quoted in Preservation Online as stating that if we had let this stand I believe it would have lowered the standard of National Historic Landmarks throughout the country and If we want to keep the integrity of the program let alone the landmarks we really had no other recourse The stadium lost the Landmark designation on February 17 2006 34 Subsequent developments Edit In May 2012 the stadium became the first NFL stadium to achieve LEED status 35 On July 9 2019 the Chicago Fire announced an agreement with the Village of Bridgeview to release the Fire from its lease for SeatGeek Stadium As a result the Fire returned to Soldier Field for the 2020 MLS season 36 On June 17 2021 the Chicago Bears submitted a bid for the Arlington Park Racetrack land making a move from Soldier Field to a new venue more possible 37 The Bears and Churchill Downs Incorporated announced an agreement had been reached between the two for the property on September 29 2021 38 Public transportation EditThe closest Chicago L station to Soldier Field is the Roosevelt station on the Orange Green and Red lines The Chicago Transit Authority also operates the 128 Soldier Field Express bus route to the stadium from Ogilvie Transportation Center and Union Station There are also two Metra stations close by the Museum Campus 11th Street station on the Metra Electric Line which also is used by South Shore Line trains and 18th Street which is only served by the Metra Electric Line Pace also provides access from the Northwest West and Southwest suburbs to the stadium with four express routes from Schaumburg Lombard Bolingbrook Burr Ridge Palos Heights and Oak Lawn Events EditThis section may be too long to read and navigate comfortably Please consider splitting content into sub articles condensing it or adding subheadings Please discuss this issue on the article s talk page January 2020 Main article List of events at Soldier Field Football Edit Single events Edit The Army Navy Game in 1926 The stadium hosted its first football game on October 4 1924 between Louisville Male High School and Chicago s Austin Community Academy High School Louisville s team won 26 0 Chicago Tribune October 2 1924 Over 100 000 spectators attended the 1926 Army Navy Game It would decide the national championship as Navy entered undefeated and Army had lost only to Notre Dame The game lived up to its hype and even though it ended in a 21 21 tie Navy was awarded the national championship 39 The all time collegiate attendance record of 123 000 was established November 26 1927 as Notre Dame beat the USC Trojans 7 6 Subsequently in 2016 150 000 attended a game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and Tennessee Volunteers at Bristol Speedway 14 Austin defeated Leo to win the 1937 Chicago Prep Bowl another contender for the highest attendance ever estimated at over 120 000 spectators The Chicago Prep Bowl games are held at Soldier Field yearly on the day after Thanksgiving The bowl game is older than the IHSA state championship tournament held since the 1960s The stadium was host to 41 College All Star Games an exhibition between the previous year s NFL champion or in its final years Super Bowl champion and a team of collegiate all star players prior to their reporting to their new professional teams training camps This game was discontinued after the 1976 NFL Season The final game in 1976 was halted in the third quarter when a torrential thunderstorm broke out and play was never resumed In 2012 Notre Dame hosted a game at Soldier Field against the University of Miami as part of their Shamrock Series Four NFC Championship Games have been held at the stadium NFL teams winless at Soldier Field Baltimore Ravens 0 3 and Cleveland Browns 0 3 NFL playoffs Edit Aerial view of the stadium in 2008 The 1985 NFC Championship Game took place in Soldier Field where the Chicago Bears defeated the Los Angeles Rams 24 0 40 The 1988 NFC Championship Game took place here where the Chicago Bears lost to eventual Super Bowl XXIII champions San Francisco 49ers 28 3 41 The 2006 NFC Championship Game granted the Chicago Bears their second trip to the Super Bowl the first in 21 years with a 39 14 victory over the New Orleans Saints The 2010 NFC Championship Game matched the Chicago Bears against the Green Bay Packers where the Bears were defeated by the eventual Super Bowl XLV champions 21 14 The outside of soldier field stating Soldier Field dedicated to the men and women of the armed services Other Bears playoff games at Soldier Field 1985 NFC Divisional Playoff Chicago Bears 21 New York Giants 0 1986 NFC Divisional Playoff Washington Redskins 27 Chicago Bears 13 1987 NFC Divisional Playoff Washington 21 Chicago 17 1988 NFC Divisional Playoff Chicago Bears 20 Philadelphia Eagles 12 this game is best remembered as the Fog Bowl where a dense fog covered the stadium reducing visibility to 15 20 yards 1990 NFC Wild Card Chicago Bears 16 New Orleans Saints 6 1991 NFC Wild Card Dallas Cowboys 17 Chicago Bears 13 The scenery around soldier field 2001 NFC Divisional Playoff Philadelphia Eagles 33 Chicago Bears 19 This was also the last home game before the renovations took place in 2002 2005 NFC Divisional Playoff Carolina Panthers 29 Chicago Bears 21 2006 NFC Divisional Playoff Chicago Bears 27 Seattle Seahawks 24 OT 2010 NFC Divisional Playoff Chicago Bears 35 Seattle Seahawks 24 2018 NFC Wild Card Philadelphia Eagles 16 Chicago Bears 15College football Edit NIU Huskies football plays select games at Soldier Field all of which have featured the Huskies hosting a team from the Big Ten Conference Northern Illinois University NIU is located in DeKalb 65 miles 105 km to the west on Interstate 88 On September 1 2007 NIU faced the University of Iowa in the first Division I College Football game at Soldier Field since renovations The Hawkeyes defeated the Huskies 16 3 On September 17 2011 the Huskies returned to play the Wisconsin Badgers in a game that was called Soldier Field Showdown II The eventual Big Ten champion Badgers topped NIU 49 7 On September 1 2012 NIU hosted the Iowa Hawkeyes in a season opener that was called Soldier Field Showdown III The Hawkeyes narrowly defeated the Huskies 18 17 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football used the stadium as home field for the 1929 season while Notre Dame Stadium was being constructed The school has used Soldier Field for single games on occasion both prior to and since the 1929 season and boasts an undefeated 10 0 2 record there At Soldier Field Notre Dame has played Northwestern four times USC and Wisconsin twice and Army Drake Great Lakes Naval Base Navy and Miami once each 42 Hockey Edit On February 7 2013 the stadium hosted a high school hockey game between St Rita High School from the city s Southwest side and Fenwick High School from suburban Oak Park 43 The 2014 NHL Stadium Series featuring the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Miami RedHawks played a doubleheader on February 17 2013 with the Wisconsin Badgers and Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Hockey City Classic the first outdoor hockey game in the history of the stadium 44 A Chicago Gay Hockey Association intra squad game was held in affiliation with the Hockey City Classic 45 The Chicago Blackhawks played against the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 1 2014 as part of the NHL s Stadium Series The Blackhawks defeated the Penguins 5 1 before a sold out crowd of 62 921 46 The team also held its 2015 Stanley Cup Championship celebration at the stadium instead of Grant Park where other city championships have typically been held due to recent rains 47 February 7 2015 Soldier Field hosted another edition of the Hockey City Classic The event had been delayed due to unusually warm weather 42 F 6 C and complications with the quality of the ice The 2015 edition of the Hockey City Classic featured a match between Miami University and Western Michigan followed by a match between the Big Ten s Michigan and Michigan State 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 February 5 the organizers of the Hockey City Classic organized the Unite on the Ice event benefiting St Jude Children s Research Hospital The event was centered upon a celebrity hockey game with former NHL and AHL players as well as a public free skate at Soldier Field Participants in the celebrity game included Eric Daze Jamal Mayers and Gino Cavallini Denis Savard was in attendance serving as an honorary coach during the game 56 February 15 2015 Soldier Field hosted another Chicago Gay Hockey Association intra league match in association with the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field 45 Date Away Team Result Home Team SpectatorsFebruary 7 2013 St Rita High School 0 3 Fenwick High School unknownFebruary 17 2013 Miami OH 1 2 Notre Dame 52 051Minnesota 2 3 Wisconsin 52 051March 1 2014 Pittsburgh Penguins 1 5 Chicago Blackhawks 62 921February 7 2015 Miami OH 4 3 Western Michigan 22 751Michigan State 1 4 Michigan 22 751Soccer Edit 1994 FIFA World Cup Edit Soldier Field before a soccer game Date Time CDT Team 1 Result Team 2 Round SpectatorsJune 17 1994 2 00PM Germany 1 0 Bolivia Group C Opening Match 63 117June 21 1994 3 00PM Germany 1 1 Spain Group C 63 113June 26 1994 11 30AM Greece 0 4 Bulgaria Group D 63 160June 27 1994 3 00PM Bolivia 1 3 Spain Group C 63 089July 2 1994 11 00AM Germany 3 2 Belgium Round of 16 60 2461999 FIFA Women s World Cup Edit Date Time CDT Team 1 Result Team 2 Round SpectatorsJune 24 1999 17 00 Brazil 2 0 Italy Group B 65 08019 00 United States 7 1 Nigeria Group A 65 080June 26 1999 16 00 Ghana 0 2 Sweden Group D 34 25618 30 Norway 4 0 Japan Group C 34 256CONCACAF Gold Cups Edit 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup Date Team 1 Result Team 2 Round Spectators21 June 2007 Canada 1 2 United States Semifinals 50 760 Mexico 1 0 GuadeloupeJune 24 2007 United States 2 1 Mexico Final 60 000 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Date Team 1 Result Team 2 Round Spectators23 July 2009 Honduras 1 2 United States Semifinals 55 173 Costa Rica 1 1 3 5 pen Mexico 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Date Team 1 Result Team 2 Round Spectators12 June 2011 El Salvador 6 1 Cuba Group A 62 000 Mexico 4 1 Costa Rica 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Date Team 1 Result Team 2 Round SpectatorsJuly 28 2013 United States 1 0 Panama Final 57 920 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Date Team 1 Result Team 2 Round SpectatorsJuly 9 2015 Trinidad and Tobago 3 1 Guatemala Group C 54 126 Mexico 6 0 CubaCopa America Centenario Edit Main article Copa America Centenario Date Time CDT Team 1 Result Team 2 Round SpectatorsJune 5 2016 4 00PM Jamaica 0 1 Venezuela Group C 25 560June 7 2016 7 00PM United States 4 0 Costa Rica Group A 39 642June 10 2016 8 30PM Argentina 5 0 Panama Group D 53 885June 22 2016 7 00PM Colombia 0 2 Chile Semi finals 55 4232019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Edit Main article 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Date Time CDT Team 1 Result Team 2 Round SpectatorsJuly 7 2019 8 15PM Mexico 1 0 United States Final 62 493Single events Edit Over 15 000 spectators attended the first leg of the 1928 National Challenge Cup now known as the Lamar Hunt U S Open Cup between soccer teams Bricklayers and Masons F C of Chicago and New York Nationals of New York City The match ended in 1 1 tie and New York won the second leg 3 0 in New York City Numerous Men s and Women s National Team friendly matches Liverpool vs Olympiacos in the 2014 International Champions Cup with Liverpool winning 1 0 57 Manchester United vs Paris Saint Germain in the 2015 International Champions Cup with PSG winning 2 0 Bayern Munich vs Milan in the 2016 International Champions Cup with the game resulting in a 3 3 draw and Milan winning the penalty shootout 5 3 Site of the 2017 MLS All Star Game was played on August 2 2017 between Real Madrid and a group of all stars representing Major League Soccer Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund in the 2018 International Champions Cup with Borussia Dortmund winning 1 0 Venue for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final with Mexico defeating the United States 1 0 Special Olympics Edit The first Special Olympics games were held at Soldier Field on July 20 1968 The games involved more than 1 000 people with intellectual disabilities from 26 U S states and Canada competing in track and field and swimming In 1970 the second international games occurred when Special Olympics returned to Soldier Field 58 59 Rugby union Edit The stadium hosted its first international rugby union test match between the United States Eagles and New Zealand All Blacks on November 1 2014 as part of the 2014 end of year rugby union tests 60 More than half of the 61 500 tickets were sold within two days 61 The All Blacks beat the Eagles 74 6 62 The stadium hosted its second international rugby union match on September 5 2015 with the United States hosting Australia as part of the 2015 Rugby World Cup warm up matches shortly before both teams were due to travel to England for the 2015 Rugby World Cup 63 The Eagles were defeated 47 10 Ireland beat New Zealand 40 29 on November 5 2016 at Soldier Field as part of the 2016 end of year rugby union internationals the very first time Ireland had beaten the All Blacks in a Test match in 111 years of play 64 Date Winner Score Opponent AttendanceNovember 1 2014 New Zealand 74 6 United States 61 500September 5 2015 Australia 47 10 United States 23 212November 5 2016 Ireland 40 29 New Zealand 60 000November 3 2018 New Zealand Black Ferns NZ Women s Rugby team 67 6 United States Women s team 30 051Ireland 54 7 ItalyMaori All Blacks 59 22 United StatesConcerts Edit Fare Thee Well Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead in 2015 Date Artist Opening act s Tour concert name Attendance Capacity Revenue NotesAugust 21 1937 Lily Pons Rudy Vallee Jascha Heifetz Bobby Breen N A 8th Annual Chicagoland Music Festival N A N AAugust 15 1964 Johnny Cash June Carter N A Chicagoland Music Festival N A N AAugust 9 1966 Barbra Streisand N A An Evening with Barbra Streisand Tour N A N AJuly 18 1970 PerformersChicago Illinois Speed Press The Illusion Pig Iron Iggy Pop The Stooges Dream Leon Russell MC5 Funkadelic Mason Proffit Bush Happy Day It Doesn t Matter Joe Kelley Blues Band Bloomsbury People N A WCFL s Big Ten Summer Music Festival N A N AJune 4 1977 Emerson Lake amp Palmer Foghat The J Geils Band Climax Blues Band ELP Works N A N AJune 19 1977 Pink Floyd N A In the Flesh Tour 95 000 N AJuly 9 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd Point Blank 77 197 N AJuly 10 1977 Ted Nugent Lynyrd Skynyrd REO Speedwagon Journey 38 Special Super Bowl of Rock 3 N A N AAugust 13 1977 Peter Frampton Bob Seger amp The Silver Bullet Band Rick Derringer UFO N A N AJuly 8 1978 The Rolling Stones Journey Southside Johnny amp The Asbury Jukes Peter Tosh The Rolling Stones US Tour 1978 N A N AAugust 26 1978 Parliament Funkadelic The Bar Kays Con Funk Shun A Taste of Honey Funk Fest N A N AJuly 19 1980 Smokey Robinson The O Jays N A N AAugust 10 18 1983 PerformersBuddy Guy Junior Wells The Beach Boys Stevie Ray Vaughan Double Trouble The Association The Hollies The Kind Laura Branigan N A ChicagoFest N A N AAugust 9 1985 Bruce Springsteen amp the E Street Band N A Born in the U S A Tour 71 222 71 222 1 228 500July 31 1987 Madonna Level 42 Who s That Girl World Tour 47 407 47 407 1 066 658July 29 1990 Paul McCartney N A The Paul McCartney World Tour 55 630 55 630 1 807 975June 22 1991 Grateful Dead N A N A N AJune 25 1992 Steve Miller BandJune 26 1992June 18 1993 StingJune 19 1993July 12 1994 Pink Floyd N A The Division Bell Tour 51 981 51 981 2 056 105July 23 1994 Grateful Dead Traffic N A N AJuly 24 1994September 11 1994 The Rolling Stones Lenny Kravitz Voodoo Lounge Tour 90 303 90 303 4 194 320September 12 1994July 8 1995 Grateful Dead The Band N A N A The 1995 Grateful Dead concerts were the band s last as guitarist and vocalist Jerry Garcia died a month later 65 July 9 1995July 11 1995 Pearl Jam Bad Religion Otis Rush Vitalogy Tour N A N A Played on the Grateful Dead s StageSeptember 14 1996 Little Feat Taj Mahal N A N AJune 27 1997 U2 Fun Lovin Criminals PopMart Tour 116 912 127 500 5 956 587June 28 1997June 29 1997July 18 1997 PerformersBad Religion Blink 182 Descendents Hed PE Jimmy 2 Times Lagwagon Latex Generation Less Than Jake Limp Bizkit The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Millencolin Murder City Devils Orange 9mm Pennywise Reel Big Fish Sick of It All Snot Social Distortion Strung Out Sugar Ray Trading Bryson Vision of Disorder White Kaps N A Vans Warped Tour N A N ASeptember 23 1997 The Rolling Stones Blues Traveler Bridges to Babylon Tour 107 186 107 186 6 260 000September 25 1997May 10 1998 George Strait N A Country Music Festival Tour N A N AApril 25 1999May 13 2000 Wilco N A N A N AJune 29 2000 Dave Matthews Band Ben Harper amp The Innocent Criminals Ozomatli The Summer 2000 Tour 115 006 115 006 5 175 270June 30 2000June 16 2001 NSYNC BBMak 3LW Dream PopOdyssey 85 650 103 903 4 739 359June 17 2001July 6 2001 Dave Matthews Band Buddy Guy Angelique Kidjo The Summer 2001 Tour 103 675 103 675 4 834 864July 7 2001September 10 2005 The Rolling Stones Los Lonely Boys A Bigger Bang 55 046 55 046 7 231 427July 21 2006 Bon Jovi Nickelback Have a Nice Day Tour 52 612 52 612 3 988 455October 11 2006 The Rolling Stones Elvis Costello amp The Imposters A Bigger Bang 33 296 33 296 4 020 721June 21 2008 Kenny Chesney Keith Urban LeAnn Rimes Luke Bryan Gary Allan The Poets and Pirates Tour 46 463 48 585 4 063 663October 11 12 2008 PerformersSon Volt Cross Canadian Ragweed Gretchen Wilson Justin Townes Earle Lady Antebellum Luke Bryan Rissi Palmer Taylor Swift The Lawrence Peters Outfit Tift Merritt N A Chicago Country Music Festival N A N AJune 13 2009 Kenny Chesney Lady Antebellum Miranda Lambert Montgomery Gentry Sugarland Sun City Carnival Tour 48 763 50 109 3 184 606September 12 2009 U2 Snow Patrol U2 360 Tour 135 872 135 872 13 860 480September 13 2009June 12 2010 PerformersAll Time Low Boys Like Girls Cady Groves Forever the Sickest Kids Good Charlotte Hellogoodbye LMFAO Simple Plan Third Eye Blind Drive A Great Big Planes Mercy Mercedes The Prices The Ready Set Stereo Skyline Vita Chambers N A The Bamboozle Roadshow 2010 N A N A Event held at Soldier Field parking lotJune 19 2010 Eagles Dixie Chicks JD amp The Straight Shot Long Road Out of Eden Tour 29 233 32 420 3 186 493July 7 2010 deadmau5 Rye Rye Brazilian Girls N A N AJuly 30 2010 Bon Jovi Kid Rock The Circle Tour 95 959 95 959 8 606 259July 31 2010July 5 2011 U2 Interpol U2 360 Tour 64 297 64 297 5 786 335August 23 2011 Wayne Baker Brooks Sugar Blue N A N AJuly 7 2012 Kenny Chesney Tim McGraw Jake Owen Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Brothers of the Sun Tour 51 100 51 100 5 109 399July 12 2013 Bon Jovi The J Geils Band Because We Can 45 178 45 178 4 690 204July 22 2013 Jay Z Justin Timberlake DJ Cassidy Legends of the Summer 52 671 52 671 5 715 152August 10 2013 Taylor Swift Ed Sheeran Casey James Austin Mahone The Red Tour 50 809 50 809 4 149 148July 24 2014 Beyonce Jay Z N A On the Run Tour 50 035 50 035 5 783 396August 29 2014 One Direction 5 Seconds of Summer Where We Are Tour 104 617 104 617 9 446 247 During the August 29 show the band performed a cover of Happy Birthday by Mildred J Hill dedicated to Liam and one of The Way You Make Me Feel by Michael Jackson August 30 2014August 31 2014 Luke Bryan Dierks Bentley Lee Brice Cole Swindell DJ Rock That s My Kind of Night Tour 50 529 50 529 3 754 362June 6 2015 Kenny Chesney Miranda Lambert Brantley Gilbert Chase Rice Old Dominion The Big Revival Tour 43 630 48 278 3 776 207 Chesney was the main headliner Lambert joined as the co headliner only for the Chicago showJuly 3 2015 Fare Thee Well N A Fare Thee Well Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead 210 283 210 283 30 683 274 50th Anniversary concerts 66 July 4 2015July 5 2015July 18 2015 Taylor Swift Vance Joy Shawn Mendes HAIM The 1989 World Tour 110 109 110 109 11 469 887 Andy Grammer and Serayah were special guests on the July 18 showJuly 19 2015 Sam Hunt and Andreja Pejic amp Lily Donaldson were special guests on the July 19 showAugust 23 2015 One Direction Icona Pop On the Road Again Tour 41 527 41 527 3 382 655May 27 2016 Beyonce Rae Sremmurd The Formation World Tour 89 270 89 270 11 279 890May 28 2016 DJ ScratchJuly 1 2016 Guns N Roses Alice in Chains Not in This Lifetime Tour 82 172 96 088 8 843 684July 3 2016July 23 2016 Coldplay Alessia Cara Foxes A Head Full of Dreams Tour 95 323 95 323 10 215 572 The July 23 show was cut short due to inclement weather 67 July 24 2016June 3 2017 U2 The Lumineers The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 105 078 105 078 13 435 925June 4 2017June 18 2017 Metallica Avenged Sevenfold Local H Mix Master Mike WorldWired Tour 51 041 51 041 6 093 976August 17 2017 Coldplay AlunaGeorge Izzy Bizu A Head Full of Dreams Tour 52 726 52 726 6 026 402June 1 2018 Taylor Swift Camila Cabello Charli XCX Taylor Swift s Reputation Stadium Tour 105 208 105 208 14 576 697June 2 2018July 28 2018 Kenny Chesney Thomas Rhett Old Dominion Brandon Lay Trip Around The Sun Tour 52 189 52 189 5 751 195August 10 2018 Beyonce Jay Z Chloe X Halle and DJ Khaled On the Run II Tour 86 602 86 602 12 303 099 During the second show Summer was added to the setlist Apeshit was also performed for the first time in its entirety with choreography and background dancers August 11 2018October 4 2018 Ed Sheeran Snow Patrol Lauv Tour 47 263 47 263 4 339 350May 11 2019 BTS N A Love Yourself World Tour 88 156 88 156 13 345 795 68 May 12 2019June 21 2019 The Rolling Stones St Paul and the Broken Bones No Filter Tour 98 228 98 228 21 741 564June 25 2019 Whiskey MyersAugust 26 2021 Kanye West N A Kanye West Presents The Donda Album Experience Third listening event before the release of his album Donda June 25 2022 Kenny Chesney Florida Georgia Line Old Dominion Michael Franti amp Spearhead Here and Now TourAugust 19 2022 Red Hot Chili Peppers The Strokes Thundercat 2022 Global Stadium Tour 69 Other events Edit President Franklin D Roosevelt at Soldier Field Gen Douglas MacArthur at Soldier Field Opening ceremonies of the 2006 Gay Games The 28th International Eucharistic Congress held three days of outdoor day and evening events from June 21 23 1926 The Long Count Fight the second heavyweight championship bout between Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney was held at Soldier Field on September 22 1927 June 24 1932 a war show celebrating the bicentennial of George Washington s birth featured Amelia Earhart 70 71 72 May 27 1933 Soldier Field opening ceremonies of the Century of Progress World s Fair Postmaster General and DNC Chairman James Farley facilitated the opening ceremony 73 74 October 28 1944 President of the United States Franklin D Roosevelt made an appearance at Soldier Field which was the only Midwestern speaking appearance he made in his last reelection campaign This appearance was attended by over 150 000 with at least as many people attempting to attend who were unable to gain admission 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 US General during World War II Douglas MacArthur addressed a crowd of 50 000 at Soldier Field which was his first visit to the United States in 14 years in April 1951 Glenn Fireball Roberts won the only NASCAR Grand National race held at the stadium s short track which ran across the old configuration in 1956 83 84 Three Convertible Division races were held at the stadium 85 The Chicago Freedom Movement led by Martin Luther King Jr held a rally here on June 21 1964 As many as 75 000 came to hear Reverend King Reverend Theodore Hesburgh president of the University of Notre Dame Archbishop Arthur M Brazier and Minister Edgar Chandler among others 86 The Chicago Freedom Movement held a second rally here on July 10 1966 As many as 60 000 people came to hear Dr King as well as Mahalia Jackson Stevie Wonder and Peter Paul and Mary 87 The early to mid 1980s saw the US Hot Rod Association host Truck and Tractor Sled Pull Competitions and Monster Truck exhibitions here The engines on some of the vehicles would echo through the skyscrapers in downtown Chicago as they made their pull Damage to the stadium turf on a few of the event occasion s led USHRA to move events to the Rosemont Horizon known today as Allstate Arena 1974 The Chicago Fire of the World Football League played here before folding in 1975 October 13 David D Meilahn made the first ever commercial cell phone call from his 1983 Mercedes Benz 380SL at Soldier Field on a Motorola DynaTAC This is considered a major turning point in communications The call was to Bob Barnett the former president of Ameritech Mobile Communications who then placed a call on a DynaTAC from inside of a Chrysler convertible to the grandson of Alexander Graham Bell who was in Germany 88 The stadium was listed on the National Register of Historic Places beginning in 1984 89 Its National Historic Landmark status was removed in 2006 90 In the summer of 2006 the stadium hosted the Opening Ceremony of the Gay Games 91 In 2012 United States President Barack Obama held the 2012 Chicago summit a summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO at McCormick Place and Soldier Field 92 When the field and nearby Shedd Aquarium had to close to visitors because of the 2020 pandemic Soldier Field became the exercise grounds for the Aquarium s penguins 93 In popular culture EditIn the Marvel Comics event Siege Soldier Field is inadvertently destroyed mid game by Thor s friend Volstagg when he is tricked into fighting the U Foes through Loki and Norman Osborn s manipulations of events 94 The stadium is later seen being rebuilt by the heroes after Steve Rogers is appointed head of U S Security following the aforementioned event 95 The 1977 documentary film Powers of Ten focuses on two people having a picnic on the east side of Soldier Field 96 The stadium appears in the 2006 Clint Eastwood directed movie Flags of Our Fathers when the survivors of the Iwo Jima flag raising reenact it for a patriotic rally 97 The opening match of the 1994 World Cup at Soldier Field was one of the five events covered in the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary June 17 1994 Soldier Field features much changed in August 4017a d in From The Highlands short story in David Weber s anthology collection Changer Of Worlds It appears to have gone through multiple renovations rebuilds and even having been built over until nothing but the open space of the original remained In Tom Clancy s H A W X one of the games missions takes place in Chicago Soldier Field can be seen along with the rest of the city In the 13th episode of Chicago Fire s fourth season Soldier Field is featured on one of their calls for a terrorist hoax The stadium appears again in the 21st episode of the fifth season as one of their calls for a high angle rescue This stadium is featured again in the eighth season as members of firehouse 51 respond to help victims of a deadly infection Gallery Edit Aerial view c 1988 behind the stadium is the Field Museum of Natural History View from Northerly Island The stadium mid renovation in March 2003 Front of bronze mural View towards the western grandstand s cantilever over the original western colonnade Soldier Field nearing completion 1924 Football gameSee also EditList of events at Soldier FieldReferences Edit Soldier Field Geographic Names Information System United States Geological Survey Soldier Field ESPN com January 9 2012 Retrieved July 24 2012 a b Stadium History and Timeline Official website Soldier Field 2010 Archived from the original on July 17 2011 Retrieved May 21 2010 Start Work On New Municipal Stadium In Grant Park Chicago The Christian Science Monitor August 16 1922 a b 1634 1699 McCusker J J 1997 How Much Is That in Real Money A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States Addenda et Corrigenda PDF American Antiquarian Society 1700 1799 McCusker J J 1992 How Much Is That in Real Money A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States PDF American Antiquarian Society 1800 present Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Consumer Price Index estimate 1800 Retrieved January 1 2020 Riess Steven A 2005 Soldier Field The Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago Chicago Historical Society Retrieved May 21 2010 a b c After a quick build showtime in Chicago SportsBusiness Journal October 6 2003 Retrieved March 10 2012 Hall Andrew January 18 2015 Report Annual Blue Gold Spring Game May Be Moved to Soldier Field slapthesign com Retrieved January 18 2015 Ford Liam T A 2009 Soldier Field A Stadium and Its City 1st ed Chicago University Of Chicago Press p 91 In 1929 a new stadium was under construction at Notre Dame and the team played its entire home season at Soldier Field Ford Liam T A Ford 2009 Soldier Field A Stadium and Its City 1st ed Chicago University Of Chicago Press p 236 UIC started playing football at Soldier Field in 1966 Ford Liam T A Ford 2009 Soldier Field A Stadium and Its City 1st ed Chicago University Of Chicago Press p 236 their last home game at Soldier Field on November 3 1973 a b Rollow Cooper March 14 1971 Bears find home it s Soldier Field Chicago Tribune p 1 part 3 a b Bears sign to play in Soldier Field Milwaukee Journal March 14 1971 p 21 a b c Historical timeline of Soldier Field Chicago Bears 2009 Archived from the original on December 22 2015 Retrieved December 18 2015 110 000 to see game today Chicago Daily Tribune November 27 1926 p 1 Soldier Field Chicago Architecture Info Retrieved January 16 2016 Truman telss Chicago crowd U S must remain strong Chicago Sunday Tribune April 7 1946 p 10 part 1 Closing meeting at Chicago s Soldier Field Sydney Morning Herald Australia photo November 25 1962 p 64 Lugardo Sara December 16 2012 History of Tailgating in Chicago WBBM TV Retrieved December 16 2012 Bears games at Soldier Field may be moved Schenectady Gazette New York Associated Press August 16 1988 p 26 Taylor Roy 2003 Soldier Field History Bearshistory com Retrieved July 24 2012 Barboza David June 16 2003 Chicago Journal Soldier Field Renovation Brings Out Boo Birds The New York Times Retrieved September 4 2012 a b Sharoff Robert November 2002 Field of Pain Chicago Magazine Kamin Blair April 5 2001 Soldier field plan On further Review the Play Stinks Chicago Tribune Retrieved February 14 2012 Kamin Blair June 11 2001 The Monstrosity of the Midway Mr Mayor Stop the Madness and Admit That the Lakefront Is No Place for the Bears Chicago Tribune Retrieved February 14 2012 Kamin Blair July 11 2001 A tale of Hungry Bears and White Elephants Chicago Tribune Retrieved February 14 2012 Barboza Barboza June 16 2003 Chicago Journal Soldier Field Renovation Brings Out Boo Birds The New York Times Ranking the best and worst NFL stadiums For The Win October 16 2015 Retrieved September 19 2019 Chapman Steve September 14 2003 A stadium deal that is hard to bear Chicago Tribune Retrieved May 21 2010 Muschamp Herbert December 23 2003 Architecture The Highs The Buildings and Plans of the Year The New York Times Retrieved May 21 2010 Mayer Larry Soldier Field wins prestigious award Chicago Bears Archived from the original on December 30 2013 Retrieved October 7 2012 Soldier Field loses National Historic Landmark status General Cultural Resources News eCulturalResources April 24 2006 Retrieved May 21 2010 Murray Jeanne October 20 2006 Leveling the Playing Field Preservation Magazine National Trust for Historic Preservation Retrieved May 22 2010 Weekly List of Actions taken on properties 4 17 06 through 4 21 06 National Register of Historic Places National Park Service April 28 2006 Retrieved May 21 2010 Soldier Field earns top building honor Chicago Bears May 31 2012 Archived from the original on June 25 2012 Retrieved July 24 2012 Mikula Jeremy July 9 2019 Chicago Fire reach deal with Bridgeview to leave SeatGeek Stadium for 65 5 million chicagotribune com Retrieved April 6 2020 Alyssa Bariberi June 17 2021 Bears submit bid to purchase Arlington International Racecourse for potential new stadium bearswire Retrieved June 18 2021 Florio Mike September 29 2021 Bears announce purchase of property in Arlington Heights ProFootballTalk Retrieved September 29 2021 1926 Army Navy Game Library Archives United States Naval Academy November 26 2001 Archived from the original on January 14 2009 Retrieved May 21 2010 NFC Championship Los Angeles Rams at Chicago Bears January 12th 1986 Pro Football Reference com Retrieved September 19 2019 NFC Championship San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears January 8th 1989 Pro Football Reference com Retrieved September 19 2019 Somogyi Lou October 5 2012 SOLDIER FIELD OF FORTUNE Blue amp Gold Illustrated University of Notre Dame Retrieved September 23 2021 St Rita to Play Fenwick at Soldier Field October 23 2012 St Rita to Play Fenwick at Soldier Field St Rita of Cascia High School Stritahs com Retrieved April 6 2020 Banks Paul M July 11 2012 College Hockey Doubleheader coming to Soldier Field Hockey City Classic ChicagoNow Chicago Tribune Archived from the original on July 25 2012 a b Forman Ross January 24 2015 CGHA to skate at Soldier Field after Hockey City Classic Windycitymediagroup com Windy City Times Retrieved February 1 2015 Toews Powers Blackhawks To Snowy 5 1 Win Over Penguins CBS Chicago March 1 2014 Bradley Ben June 16 2015 Blackhawks rally tickets to be available Wednesday Abc7chicago com Retrieved November 9 2017 Michigan to Play Michigan State Outdoors at Soldier Field in Chicago Mgoblue com August 12 2014 Retrieved August 18 2014 Michigan MSU to play outdoor hockey at Soldier Field Freep com August 11 2014 Retrieved August 18 2014 Spartans Fall to Michigan at Soldier Field Msuspartans com February 8 2015 Retrieved February 8 2015 WMU Hockey Comes Up Short at Soldier Field Westernherald com Western Herald February 8 2015 Retrieved February 9 2015 Michigan downs Michigan State 4 1 in Hockey City Classic 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STADIUM TOUR UPCOMING DATES redhotchilipeppers com Retrieved October 19 2021 Planes Thrill Crowd at Military Show Chicago Daily Tribune June 25 1932 1 500 Soldiers Will Move into Loop Wednesday Chicago Daily Tribune June 13 1932 Laughlin Kathleen June 25 1932 Amelia Flies to City Given Noisy Ovation Chicago Daily Tribune Chicago Fair Opened by Farley Rays of Arcturus Start Lights New York Times May 28 1933 O Donnell Bennett James May 28 1933 Exposition Starts with Pageant in Soldiers Field Chicago Daily Tribune Gentry Guy October 28 1944 700 000 Tickets Out for F D R Rally Tonight Chicago Daily Tribune Record Crowd Hears President Give Peace Program Chicago Defender November 4 1944 Roosevelt Franklin Delano Campaign Address at Soldier Field Chicago October 28 1944 Associated Press Edwards Willard October 29 1944 F D R Promises New Deal No 2 Dewey Hits at War Credit Claim Chicago Daily Tribune Franklin D Roosevelt Campaign Address at Soldier Field October 28 1944 Postwar Goal 60 Million Jobs Los Angeles Times October 29 1944 Record Crowd In Chicago Chicago Defender November 4 1944 Kennedy David M 1999 Freedom from Fear The American People in Depression and War 1929 1945 New York City Oxford University Press pp 767 769 774 775 ISBN 978 0 19 503834 7 Checkered Flag Waves for NASCAR Legends story Soldier Field Laidbackracing com Retrieved November 30 2014 Higgins Tom July 9 2010 Chicago s storied Soldier Field was once a NASCAR track www thatsracin com Archived from the original on January 4 2011 Retrieved March 10 2012 Throwback Thursday Chicagoland NASCAR September 12 2013 Retrieved September 12 2013 Freedom Summer in Chicago An Anticlimax Uic edu University of Illinois at Chicago Library Archived from the original on February 27 2015 Retrieved January 27 2015 Cohen Adam Taylor Elizabeth 2000 American Pharaoh Mayor Richard J Daley His Battle for Chicago and the Nation Boston Little Brown p page needed ISBN 0 316 83403 3 OCLC 42392137 Oehmke Ted January 6 2000 Cell Phones Ruin the Opera Meet the Culprit The New York Times Retrieved May 26 2009 Soldier Field Building 84001052 National Register of Historic Places National Park Service 1984 Retrieved May 21 2010 National Register of Historic Places Listings National Park Service April 28 2006 Retrieved July 24 2012 Noel Josh Elejalde Ruiz Alexia July 16 2006 Pride Support Protest Mark Opening Chicago Tribune Retrieved March 5 2016 President Obama throws football at Soldier Field Chicago Bears May 21 2012 Archived from the original on June 19 2012 Retrieved July 24 2012 Watch Penguins visit the home of the Bears NBC News Retrieved November 30 2020 Siege 1 Avengers vol 4 1 Powers of Ten Film and description Organisation Europeenne pour la Recherche Nucleaire CERN June 14 2011 Retrieved August 11 2011 The zoom out continues to a view of 100 meters 10 2 m then 1 kilometer 10 3 m and so on increasing the perspective The picnic is revealed to be taking place near Soldier Field on Chicago s waterfront and continuing to zoom out to a field of view of 10 24 meters or the size of the observable universe Turan Kenneth October 20 2006 Movie Review Flags of Our Fathers Los Angeles Times Archived from the original on January 7 2009 Retrieved May 21 2010 Further reading EditFord Liam T A 2009 Soldier Field A Stadium and Its City Chicago The University of Chicago Press ISBN 978 0 226 25706 8 OCLC 317923072 External links EditWikimedia Commons has media related to Soldier Field Official website Soldier Field archive at the Chicago Tribune Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Soldier Field amp oldid 1054406983, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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