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Soldier Field

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Soldier Field
"Stadium in a Park"
Soldier Field Logo.svg
Soldier field 2006.jpg
Soldier Field in 2006
Former namesMunicipal Grant Park Stadium (1924–1925)
Address1410 S Museum Campus Drive
LocationChicago, Illinois
Coordinates41°51′45″N 87°37′0″W / 41.86250°N 87.61667°W / 41.86250; -87.61667Coordinates: 41°51′45″N 87°37′0″W / 41.86250°N 87.61667°W / 41.86250; -87.61667[1]
Public transitMuseum Campus/11th Street (Metra station)
18th Street (Metra station)
Roosevelt station (CTA)
OwnerCity of Chicago
Executive suites133
Capacity66,944 (1994)
61,500 (2003)[2]
Acreage7 acres (2.8 ha)[3]
SurfaceKentucky Bluegrass
(1924–1970, 1988–present)
AstroTurf (1971–1987)
Broke groundAugust 11, 1922[4]
OpenedOctober 9, 1924
93 years ago
ClosedJanuary 19, 2002 –
September 26, 2003 (renovations)
Construction costUS$13 million (original)[3]
($182 million in 2015 dollars)[5]
$632 million (2001–2003 renovation)[6]
Renovations: ($823 million in 2015 dollars[5])
ArchitectHolabird & Roche
Wood + Zapata, Inc.
Lohan Caprile Goettsch Architects
Project managerHoffman Associates[7]
Structural engineerThornton Tomasetti
Services engineerEllerbe Becket[7]
General contractorTurner/Barton Malow/Kenny[7]
Notre Dame Fighting Irish football (NCAA) (1929)[8][9]
Chicago Rockets/Hornets (AAFC) (1946–1949)
Chicago Cardinals (NFL) (1959)
UIC Chikas football (NCAA) (1966)[10]–1973)[11]
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)
Chicago Enforcers (XFL) (2001)

Soldier Field is an American football stadium located in the Near South Side of Chicago, Illinois. It opened in 1924 and is the home field of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL), who moved there in 1971.[12][13]

The stadium's interior was mostly demolished and rebuilt as part of a major renovation project in 2002, which modernized the facility and lowered seating capacity, but also caused 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, and the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer, as well as games from the 1994 FIFA World Cup, the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, and multiple CONCACAF Gold Cup championships. With a football capacity of 61,500, it is the third-smallest stadium in the NFL.

In 2016, Soldier Field became the second-oldest stadium in the league when the Los Angeles Rams began playing temporarily at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which opened a year earlier than Soldier Field.


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 on Saturday, November 27, 1926,[14] during the 29th annual playing of the Army–Navy Game.[15] 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

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

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. A dozen 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

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 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]

Renovation and landmark delisting

Aerial view of the stadium in 1988.
Aerial view from 2002, showing Soldier Field with interior demolished. Meigs Field airport is to the right in the image.
Soldier Field as seen from Lake Shore Drive. 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.[15] The front row 50-yard line seats were then now 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.[citation needed] Soldier Field received new light emitting diode (LED) video technology from Daktronics. Included in the installation was a video display measuring approximately 23 feet (7.0 m) high by 82 feet (25 m) wide and ribbon displays mounted on the fascia that measured more than 321 feet (98 m) in length.[22]

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 build a modern stadium while persevering the exterior of the original Zentralstadion.

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.[23] Prominent American architect and Chicagoan Stanley Tigerman called it "a fiasco".[24] The Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin dubbed it the "Eyesore on the Lake Shore".[25][26][27] The renovation was described by some as "a spaceship landed on the stadium".[28] 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."[24]

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.[29] Soldier Field was given an award in design excellence by the American Institute of Architects in 2004.[30]

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.[31][32] 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.[33]

In May 2012, the stadium became the first NFL stadium to achieve LEED status.[34]

Public transportation

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.



Single events

1926 Army-Navy Game
  • The stadium hosted its first football game, on October 4, 1924, between Louisville Male High School and Chicago 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.[35]
  • The all-time collegiate attendance record of 123,000+ was established November 26, 1927, as Notre Dame beat the University of Southern California 7–6. In 2016, 150,000+ attended a game between Virginia Tech and Tennessee at Bristol Speedway. ref name="timeline"/>
  • Austin defeated Leo to win the 1937 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), Cleveland Browns (0–3), and San Diego Chargers (0–4).
  • NFL teams unbeaten at Soldier Field: Houston Texans (2–0).

NFL playoffs

Aerial view of the stadium in 2008
  • 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.


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.[36] A Chicago Gay Hockey Association intra-squad game was held in affiliation with the Hockey City Classic.[37]

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.[38] 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.[39]

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) and complications with the quality of the ice. The 2015 edition of the Hockey City Classic featured a match between Miami of Ohio and Western Michigan, followed by a match between the Big Ten's Michigan and Michigan State[40][41][42][43][44][45][46][47] 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.[48] February 15, 2015 Soldier Field hosted another Chicago Gay Hockey Association intra-league match in association with the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field.[37]


1994 FIFA World Cup

Soldier Field before a soccer match
DateTime (CDT)Team #1ResultTeam #2RoundSpectators
June 17, 199414:00 Germany1–0 BoliviaGroup C/Opening Match63,117
June 21, 199415:00 Germany1–1 SpainGroup C63,113
June 26, 199411:30 Greece0–4 BulgariaGroup D63,160
June 27, 199415:00 Bolivia1–3 SpainGroup C63,089
July 2, 199411:00 Germany3–2 BelgiumRound of 1660,246

1999 FIFA Women's World Cup

DateTime (CDT)Team #1ResultTeam #2RoundSpectators
June 24, 199917.00 Brazil2–0 ItalyGroup B65,080
19.00 United States7–1 NigeriaGroup A65,080
June 26, 199916.00 Ghana0–2 SwedenGroup D34,256
18.30 Norway4-0 JapanGroup C34,256


2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup

DateTeam #1ResultTeam #2RoundSpectators
21 June 2007 Canada1–2 United StatesSemifinals50,760
 Mexico1–0 Guadeloupe
24 June 2007 United States2–1 MexicoFinal60,000

2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup

DateTeam #1ResultTeam #2RoundSpectators
23 July 2009 Honduras1–2 United StatesSemifinals55,173
 Costa Rica1–1 (3-5 pen) Mexico

2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup

DateTeam #1ResultTeam #2RoundSpectators
12 June 2011 El Salvador6–1 CubaGroup A62,000
 Mexico4–1 Costa Rica

2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup

DateTeam #1ResultTeam #2RoundSpectators
28 July 2013 United States1–0 PanamaFinal57,920

2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

DateTeam #1ResultTeam #2RoundSpectators
July 9, 2015 Trinidad and Tobago3–1 GuatemalaGroup C54,126
 Mexico6–0 Cuba

Copa América Centenario

DateTime (CDT)Team #1ResultTeam #2RoundSpectators
June 5, 201616:00 Jamaica0–1 VenezuelaGroup C25,560
June 7, 201619:00 United States4–0 Costa RicaGroup A39,642
June 10, 201620:30 Argentina5–0 PanamaGroup D53,885
June 22, 201619:00 Colombia0–2 ChileSemi-finals55,423

Single events

Special Olympics

The 1st International Special Olympics Summer Games were held at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 19–20, 1968. The games spanned two days and more than 1,000 people with intellectual disabilities from 26 U.S. states and Canada competed in track and field and swimming, sparking a worldwide Special Olympics movement that now thrives today.

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.[50] More than half of the 61,500 tickets were sold within two days.[51] The All Blacks beat the Eagles 74–6.[52] 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.[53] 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.[54]


DateArtistOpening act(s)Tour / Concert nameAttendanceRevenueNotes
August 21, 1937Lily Pons
Rudy Vallee
Jascha Heifetz
Bobby Breen
N/A8th Annual Chicagoland Music FestivalN/AN/A
August 15, 1964Johnny Cash
June Carter
N/AChicagoland Music FestivalN/AN/A
August 9, 1966Barbra StreisandN/AAn Evening with Barbra Streisand TourN/AN/A
July 18, 1970N/AWCFL's Big Ten Summer Music FestivalN/AN/A
June 4, 1977Emerson, Lake & PalmerFoghat
The J. Geils Band
Climax Blues Band
June 19, 1977Pink FloydN/AIn the Flesh TourN/AN/A
July 9, 1977Lynyrd SkynyrdPoint Blank77,197N/A
July 10, 1977Ted NugentLynyrd Skynyrd
REO Speedwagon
.38 Special
Super Bowl of Rock #3N/AN/A
August 13, 1977Peter FramptonBob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Rick Derringer
July 8, 1978The Rolling StonesJourney
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
Peter Tosh
The Rolling Stones US Tour 1978N/AN/A
Augst 26, 1978Parliament-FunkadelicThe Bar-Kays
Con Funk Shun
A Taste of Honey
Funk FestN/AN/A
July 19, 1980Smokey RobinsonThe O'JaysN/AN/A
August 10–18, 1983N/AChicagoFestN/AN/A
August 9, 1985Bruce Springsteen & the E Street BandN/ABorn in the U.S.A. Tour71,222 / 71,222$1,228,500
July 31, 1987MadonnaLevel 42Who's That Girl World Tour47,407 / 47,407$1,066,658
July 29, 1990Paul McCartneyN/AThe Paul McCartney World Tour55,630 / 55,630$1,807,975
June 22, 1990Grateful DeadN/AN/AN/A
June 25, 1992Steve Miller Band
June 26, 1992
June 18, 1993Sting
June 19, 1993
July 12, 1994Pink FloydN/AThe Division Bell Tour51,981 / 51,981$2,056,105
July 23, 1994Grateful DeadTrafficN/AN/A
July 24, 1994
September 11, 1994The Rolling StonesLenny KravitzVoodoo Lounge Tour90,303 / 90,303$4,194,320
September 12, 1994
July 8, 1995Grateful DeadThe BandN/AN/AThe 1995 Grateful Dead concerts were the band's last, as guitarist and vocalist Jerry Garcia died a month later.[55]
July 9, 1995
July 11, 1995Pearl JamBad Religion
Otis Rush
Vitalogy TourN/AN/A
September 14, 1996Little FeatTaj MahalN/AN/A
June 27, 1997U2Fun Lovin' CriminalsPopMart Tour116,912 / 127,500$5,956,587
June 28, 1997
June 29, 1997
July 18, 1997N/AVans Warped TourN/AN/A
September 23, 1997The Rolling StonesBlues TravelerBridges to Babylon Tour107,186 / 107,186$6,260,000
September 25, 1997
May 10, 1998George StraitN/ACountry Music Festival TourN/AN/A
April 25, 1999
May 13, 2000WilcoN/AN/AN/A
June 29, 2000Dave Matthews BandBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals
June 30, 2000
June 16, 2001NSYNCBBMak
PopOdyssey85,650 / 103,903$4,739,359
June 17, 2001
July 6, 2001Dave Matthews BandBuddy Guy
Angélique Kidjo
July 7, 2001
September 10, 2005The Rolling StonesLos Lonely BoysA Bigger BangN/AN/A
July 21, 2006Bon JoviNickelbackHave a Nice Day Tour52,612 / 52,612$3,988,455
October 11, 2006The Rolling StonesElvis Costello & The ImpostersA Bigger BangN/AN/A
June 21, 2008Kenny ChesneyKeith Urban
LeAnn Rimes
Gary Allan
The Poets and Pirates TourN/AN/A
October 11–12, 2008N/AChicago Country Music FestivalN/AN/A
June 13, 2009Kenny ChesneyLady Antebellum
Miranda Lambert
Montgomery Gentry
Sun City Carnival Tour48,763 / 50,109$3,184,606
September 12, 2009U2Snow PatrolU2 360° Tour135,872 / 135,872$13,860,480
September 13, 2009
June 12, 2010N/AThe Bamboozle Roadshow 2010N/AN/AEvent held at Soldier Field parking lot
June 19, 2010EaglesDixie Chicks
JD & The Straight Shot
Long Road Out of Eden Tour29,233 / 32,420$3,186,493
July 7, 2010deadmau5Rye Rye
Brazilian Girls
July 30, 2010Bon JoviKid RockThe Circle Tour95,959 / 95,959$8,606,259
July 31, 2010
July 5, 2011U2InterpolU2 360° Tour64,297 / 64,297$5,786,335
August 23, 2011Wayne Baker BrooksSugar BlueN/AN/A
July 7, 2012Kenny Chesney
Tim McGraw
Jake Owen
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Brothers of the Sun Tour51,100 / 51,100$5,109,399
July 12, 2013Bon JoviThe J. Geils BandBecause We Can45,178 / 45,178$4,690,204
July 22, 2013Jay-Z
Justin Timberlake
DJ CassidyLegends of the Summer52,671 / 52,671$5,715,152
August 10, 2013Taylor SwiftEd Sheeran
Casey James
Austin Mahone
The Red Tour50,809 / 50,809$4,149,148
July 24, 2014Beyoncé
N/AOn the Run Tour50,035 / 50,035$5,783,396
August 29, 2014One Direction5 Seconds of SummerWhere We Are Tour104,617 / 104,617$9,446,247
August 30, 2014
August 31, 2014Luke BryanDierks Bentley
Lee Brice
Cole Swindell
DJ Rock
That's My Kind of Night Tour50,529 / 50,529$3,754,362
June 6, 2015Kenny Chesney
Miranda Lambert
Brantley Gilbert
Chase Rice
Old Dominion
The Big Revival Tour43,630 / 48,278$3,776,207Chesney was the main headliner, Lambert joined as the co-headliner only for the Chicago show
July 3, 2015Grateful DeadN/AFare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead210,283 / 210,283$30,683,27450th Anniversary concerts[56]
July 4, 2015
July 5, 2015
July 18, 2015Taylor SwiftVance Joy
Shawn Mendes
The 1989 World Tour110,109 / 110,109$11,469,887Andy Grammer and Serayah were special guests on the July 18 show
July 19, 2015Sam Hunt and Andreja Pejić & Lily Donaldson were special guests on the July 19 show
August 23, 2015One DirectionIcona PopOn the Road Again Tour41,527 / 41,527$3,382,655
May 27, 2016BeyoncéRae SremmurdThe Formation World Tour89,270 / 89,270$11,279,890
May 28, 2016DJ Scratch
July 1, 2016Guns N' RosesAlice in ChainsNot in This Lifetime... Tour82,172 / 96,088$8,843,684
July 3, 2016
July 23, 2016ColdplayAlessia Cara
A Head Full of Dreams Tour95,323 / 95,323$10,215,572The July 23 show was cut short due to inclement weather.[57]
July 24, 2016
June 3, 2017U2The LumineersThe Joshua Tree Tour 2017105,078 / 105,078$13,435,925
June 4, 2017
June 18, 2017MetallicaAvenged Sevenfold
Local H
Mix Master Mike
WorldWired Tour51,041 / 51,041$6,093,976
August 17, 2017ColdplayAlunaGeorge
Izzy Bizu
A Head Full of Dreams Tour

Other events

President Franklin D. Roosevelt at Soldier Field
Gen. Douglas MacArthur at Soldier Field
Opening ceremonies of the 2006 Gay Games
President Barack Obama throws a football at Soldier Field after the 2012 NATO summit.

In popular culture

  • 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.[81] The stadium is later seen being rebuilt by the heroes after Steve Rogers is appointed head of U.S. Security, following the aforementioned event.[82]
  • The 1977 documentary film Powers of Ten focuses on two people having a picnic on the east side of Soldier Field.[83]
  • 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.[84]
  • 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 17th, 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 the 13th Episode of Chicago Fire's fourth season, Soldier Field was featured on one of their calls for a terrorist hoax.
  • In the 21st Episode of Chicago Fire's fifth season, Soldier Field was featured on one of their calls for a high angle rescue.


See also


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Soldier Field
  2. ^ "Soldier Field". January 9, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Stadium History and Timeline". Official website. Soldier Field. 2010. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Start Work On New Municipal Stadium In Grant Park, Chicago". The Christian Science Monitor. August 16, 1922. 
  5. ^ a b Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  6. ^ Riess, Steven A. (2005). "Soldier Field". The Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago. Chicago Historical Society. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c Published October 6, 2003 (October 6, 2003). "After a quick build, showtime in Chicago". SportsBusiness Journal. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  8. ^ Hall, Andrew (January 18, 2015). "Report: Annual Blue-Gold Spring Game May Be Moved To Soldier Field". Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  9. ^ Ford, Liam T.A. Ford (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 
  10. ^ 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 
  11. ^ 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 
  12. ^ a b Rollow, Cooper (March 14, 1971). "Bears find home; it's Soldier Field". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, part 3. 
  13. ^ a b "Bears sign to play in Soldier Field". Milwaukee Journal. March 14, 1971. p. 21. 
  14. ^ "110,000 to see game today". Chicago Daily Tribune. November 27, 1926. p. 1. 
  15. ^ a b "Historical timeline of Soldier Field". Chicago Bears. 2009. Retrieved December 18, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Soldier Field", Chicago Architecture Info. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
  17. ^ "Truman telss Chicago crowd U.S. must remain strong". Chicago Sunday Tribune. April 7, 1946. p. 10, part 1. 
  18. ^ "Closing meeting at Chicago's Soldier Field". Sydney Morning Herald. Australia. (photo). November 25, 1962. p. 64. 
  19. ^ Lugardo, Sara (2012-12-16). "History of Tailgating in Chicago". WBBM-TV. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  20. ^ "Bears' games at Soldier Field may be moved". Schenectady Gazette. New York. Associated Press. August 16, 1988. p. 26. 
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  22. ^ "Soldier Field". Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
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