About Soldier Field
In Chicago, Illinois you’ll find Soldier Field, it may be smaller than other stadiums in the NFL, but it can still pack in the crowds.Before it was Soldier Field, this venue was the Municipal Grant Park Stadium. Designs for the stadium began in 1919 but didn’t finally finish construction until 1924. At the time it was one of the greatest stadiums built and one of Chicago’s most notorious landmarks.
The field changed its name in 1926 to honor the fallen heroes who died during the war. In its earlier years, the stadium held 74,280 people, but after the renovations, the capacity lowered to 61,500.
It was in 2002, that the stadium underwent renovations to enhance its capacity and be up to date with new technologies. However, the renovations caused the stadium to not only lower its capacity but also to lose its listing in the National Historic Landmarks. Yet, in 2016, Soldier Field was considered the second-oldest stadium in the NFL.
Many teams have called Soldier Field home. The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame called Soldier Field home in 1929. In 1946 the Chicago Rockets played here as well. The Chicago Cardinals came to the stadium in 1959. However, today the Chicago Bears call Soldier Field home. The only time the Bears didn’t use the field was during the two-years-closure starting in 2002 while the stadium underwent renovations.
Soldier Field hosts an array of events other than football such as soccer games, hockey, rugby, and concerts. Musical performers like The Rolling Stones, Beyoncé, and Kenny Chesney have all performed at the Soldier Field.
What’s so special about Soldier Field?
Soldier Field is one of the oldest NFL stadiums. Fans walking through the archways of this majestic building can step back in time and feel a part of history during every event hosted here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Soldier Field located?
Soldier Field is an American football stadium located in the Near South Side of Chicago, Illinois.
What kind of events does Soldier Field host?
From football to hockey, to concerts, to soccer, to rugby, and even the special Olympics, there is always an interesting Soldier Field event to attend.
Which team is playing at Soldier Field?
Soldier Field is the home field of the Chicago Bears (NFL).
Where can I park for free at Soldier Field?
There are seven parking lots and garages located immediately at the “Museum Campus”, where Soldier Field is located. However, the majority of these locations are only made available to Bears season ticket holders. A great option for parking at Soldier Field events are at the Millennium Park and Grant Park garages. These parking facilities charge between $30 to $35 and offer a shuttle service to and from Soldier Field. If you’re willing to walk, parking can be found for as low as $15, which is a severe discount over other parking options.
What is the seating capacity of Soldier Field?
With a football capacity of 61,500, Soldier Field is the third-smallest stadium in the NFL.
Who owns Soldier Field?
The stadium is owned by the Chicago Park District.
How do I get to Soldier Field using public transport?
Soldier Field events fans have a number of public transport options at their disposal on gamedays. Chicago's rapid transit system, Chicago 'L', serves the stadium. The closest 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. There are also two Metro stations close by—the Museum Campus/11th Street station and 18th Street, which fans can use to get to the stadium.