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Soldier Field Stadium, Chicago Illinois

Posted by Homer Allman on 9/21/2019 to Football

Solider Field in Chicago, Illinois

Soldier Field, the Stadium in a Park, was once named  Municipal Grant Park Stadium in the twenties, those years were 1924 and 1925. Soldier Field located in Chicago, Illinois, with an Address of1410 S Museum Campus Drive. For the geocachers or tech people, the Coordinates are 41.8623°N 87.6167°W Coordinates: 41.8623°N 87.6167°W.

If you want to take the Public transit use the following:

  Metra Electric District at Museum Campus/11th Street

  South Shore Line at 18th Street

 Chicago Transit Authority

  Red Line

  Orange Line

  Green Line at Roosevelt

The stadium is owned by the Chicago Park District, Executive Suites133.

In 1994 this historic fields seating Capacity was 66,944. The capacity reduced to 61,500 seats in 2003 after a significant overhaul. The stadium sets on 7 acres of real estate in the heart of Chicago. The original surface was Kentucky Bluegrass until it switched over to AstroTurf in 1971. The cold winters of the upper midwest and the new;y installed turf probably create a lot of injuries, and they went back to Kentucky Bluegrass in 1988, and it remains today.

Construction started around August 11, 1922, and in only two years it Opened October 9, 1924. Soldier Field is 95 years ago and counting. Renovations took place in 2002 and 2003, and the ball field was vacant from January 19, 2002, until September 26, 2003, when the construction was complete. The original cost back in the '20s was 13 million dollars. The 13 million is equivalent to $190 million in 2015. The first facelift cost $632 million far exceeding the original cost of a few million. A former U.S. National Historic Landmark that was designated in 1987 but in 2006 after the first remodel this once significant landmark was delisted.

In 2015 construction began again, this time costing $861 million.

The Architects were Holabird & Roche, Wood + Zapata, Inc., Lohan Caprile Goettsch Architects. The Project manager was Hoffman Associates, and Thornton Tomasetti handled the structural engineering.

Some of the famous teams that have played on this field are the following

Notre Dame Fighting Irish football in 1929

Chicago Rockets/Hornets AAFC 1946–1949

Chicago Cardinals NFL 1959

UIC Chikas football NCAA 1966–1973

Chicago Spurs NPSL 1967

Chicago Owls CFL 1968–1969

Chicago Bears NFL 1971–2001, 2003–present

Chicago Sting NASL 1975–1976

Chicago Fire WFL 1974

Chicago Winds WFL 1975

Chicago Blitz USFL 1983–1984

Chicago Fire MLS 1998–2001, 2003–2005, 2020

Chicago Enforcers XFL 2001

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