Bears giving Halas Hall a makeover

Bears giving Halas Hall a makeover
February 11, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Tony Andracki

The focus on the Bears lately has been on the new coaching staff as well as the upcoming NFL Draft, but the franchise is working on keeping everything up-to-date behind the scenes, as well.

Call it Extreme Makeover: Halas Hall Edition.

The Bears announced Monday they are renovating their practice facility, with the intent of expanding and updating the team headquarters.

"Upgrading our football facilities will give our players, coaches and personnel staff additional space and new technology to help them prepare during each phase of the football calendar," Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips said in a statement. "We will continue to provide our team the resources needed to compete for championships."

The renovations will include a 1,500-square-foot increase for the weight and training room as well as a 4,000 square-foot broadcast studio and conference space off the south end of the current building that can house roughly 150 people for events.

"Competition within the sports and entertainment world remains intense and continues to evolve," Phillips said. "Our challenge is to find ways to bring partners and fans closer to our product. Creating innovative and one-of-a-kind experiences for our key constituents is vital to our success. The event center will allow us to showcase the Bears in new and improved ways for the foreseeable future."

Other project renovations include a 40-person practice viewing suite overlooking all four practice fields, a new kitchen and dining facility -- complete with an outdoor patio -- an additional conference room and staff offices, a new entryway into the main lobby and 105 extra parking spots.

The project is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 1 before the Bears come back from training camp in Bourbonnais.