The opportunity of the Bears leaving Chicago is hurtling in the direction of its eventual conclusion, however mayor Lori Lightfoot is attempting to throw every part on the crew to persuade them to remain. Lightfoot unveiled daring new plans Tuesday to renovate Soldier Subject and convey the Museum Campus space into the twenty first century.
It would additionally make Soldier Subject a top-tier NFL stadium with super alternative for the Bears to meet their imaginative and prescient. pic.twitter.com/axdy9PeyNg
— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 25, 2022
I’m not going to lie, this appears to be like completely unimaginable. The open endzone design paired with a dome would unquestionably make this one of the vital distinctive stadiums within the NFL, whereas remaining nestled within the coronary heart of town.
Nonetheless, on scanning these pictures there’s one thing that actually jumped out at me.
This seems to be a stable glass platform, with no guardrails, hooked up to the higher deck of the stadium. Presumably this might be some kind of premiere expertise, even on the one of many highest factors within the stadium — however you may not pay me to face on this factor for 3 minutes, not to mention a whole sport.
Now look, I do know it’s solely doable this architectural design ingredient is meant to be evocative, not sensible. A means of claiming “that is how we envision individuals watching soccer sooner or later.” Me, I simply see somebody spilling an overpriced Michelob Extremely on this glass panel earlier than somebody slips on it, falling off the sting and plummeting 150 toes earlier than touchdown on an unsuspecting Staley Da Bear, seen right here bare, carrying glasses and a wig.
Nevertheless it appears to be like just like the demise deck, in addition to the entire stadium design would possibly by no means come to move. The Bears seem hell bent on becoming a member of the Cowboys, Commanders, Patriots and 49ers who left town and moved out to the suburbs. The crew has an funding within the Arlington Heights space, roughly 25 miles from downtown Chicago. When requested for touch upon the Solider Subject renovation plans by the Chicago Tribune, the Bears shot down any curiosity.
“The one potential venture the Chicago Bears are exploring for a brand new stadium growth is Arlington Park. As a part of our mutual settlement with the vendor of that property, we aren’t pursuing different stadium offers or websites, together with renovations to Soldier Subject, whereas we’re underneath contract,” the Bears mentioned. “We’ve knowledgeable town of Chicago that we intend to honor our contractual commitments as we proceed our due diligence and predevelopment actions on the Arlington Heights property.”
So we would by no means see the new-look Solider Subject, or the glass demise deck — however we’ll at all times have the reminiscences.