Report: Bears don't plan to expand Soldier Field

Report: Bears don't plan to expand Soldier Field
March 24, 2014, 2:15 pm
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CSN Staff

The Bears currently have the NFL's smallest stadium, in terms of capacity.

And it doesn't look like that will be changing anytime soon.

On Monday, Bears president Ted Phillips told the Sun-Times that the franchise has no plans to expand Soldier Field.

[MORE: Mayor Emanuel looking to expand Soldier Field]

“First of all, we are always open to listening to any ideas to improve Soldier Field,” Phillips said at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando. “We talk to the Park District and general superintendent Mike Kelly all the time. We’re always trying to find ways to improve the experience and see what we can do. But currently there are no plans. There are no plans being developed. So we’re just going to kind of take things as we go and see what comes out of it. But there are no current plans.”

Back in March, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that the Bears and the Chicago Park District were in the preliminary stages of looking into a 5,000 seat expansion of Soldier Field. The added capacity to the stadium would help Chicago's chances of landing a future Super Bowl. But without an expansion, the chances of that happening appear to be slim.

The earliest a cold-weather venue could host a Super Bowl is 2019.