January 18, 2002 |
If the Eagles have their way, tomorrow will be the final game in Soldier Field - as we know it. The historic home of the Chicago Bears is set to undergo a complete transformation, becoming a modern, state-of-the-art facility by the start of the 2003 season. The $587 million project, which will force the Bears to play 135 miles from Chicago at the University of Illinois in Champaign next season, could begin immediately after the Bears' season ends. That could come as soon as tomorrow, depending on the outcome of the team's NFC playoff game against the Eagles.
November 16, 2000 |
After nearly 30 years of negotiations, threats and foot-dragging, the Chicago Bears and city officials agreed on a $587 million renovation of Soldier Field that will add 17 acres of parkland and facilities to complement three nearby museums. The Bears will pay $200 million and the remainder of the project's costs will be covered by bonds that would be retired by the city hotel tax. "After years of false starts, we finally have a plan that works for Chicago taxpayers, children and families, the museum, the Park District, the Bears and their fans," Mayor Richard M. Daley said yesterday at a news conference to unveil the plan.
June 11, 2003 |
When the Chicago Bears play the Green Bay Packers, their blood rivals, in their September home opener on Monday Night Football, the ferocity of the battle may pale in comparison to the one that has raged since plans were announced to reconstruct historic Soldier Field. And the lingering animosity between the sides underscores the fact that incendiary issues remain. The Illinois legislation, which was approved in November 2000, was controversial in part because Soldier Field is a war memorial whose name is as sacred as the structure itself.
December 31, 1988 |
Buddy Ryan's psych-out job, Act II. Riding shotgun with Philadelphia Eagles owner Norman Braman in a silver and blue touring bus, the head coach arrived here yesterday with his team amid the fanfare usually reserved for returning conquerors or reluctant rock stars. Fans jammed the corner of Grand Avenue in downtown Chicago to meet the team and the coach, who with bravado and flair has thrown down the gauntlet for today's National Football Conference playoff matchup with the Chicago Bears.
December 9, 1995 |
The Chicago Bears took another step toward leaving town, suspending negotiations over the city's proposed $156 million renovation of Soldier Field. Talks scheduled yesterday to discuss personal seat licenses at the aging lakefront stadium, an arrangement that would require fans to pay for the right to buy tickets, were canceled. Mayor Richard Daley's plan would not give the team enough revenue and would not provide an "NFL-caliber stadium," Bears vice president of operations Ted Phillips said.
December 12, 1988 |
The Chicago Bears used their home-field edge to gain the home-field advantage in the playoffs. Kevin Butler kicked a 32-yard field goal with four seconds left yesterday as the Bears beat the Detroit Lions, 13-12, and clinched their fifth straight NFC Central title. Butler had a gusting wind at his back when he made the winning kick. "We knew we might be kicking into a strong north wind in the final quarter, and that's why we decided to . . . defend the south goal after the coin flip," he said.
June 18, 1998 |
Lubos Kubik scored on a penalty kick in the 64th minute to give the Chicago Fire a 1-0 victory over the Dallas Burn in a Major League Soccer game last night at Soldier Field. The victory was the eighth in a row for the Fire, an expansion team coached by Bob Bradley, who last year was coach of D.C. United's MLS champion team. Chicago is solidly in second place in the West Division of MLS. Kubik is a defender who was a member of the Czechoslovakian team that scored a 5-1 victory over the United States in the 1990 World Cup in Italy.
January 18, 2002 |
The Bears' defensive backs yesterday were running through a routine drill: a few quick crossover steps along the sideline, a cut toward midfield, and a pass to intercept or knock down. But the grass field at their suburban practice facility was frozen so slick that, at one stretch, four of five players fell. Field conditions could be a problem again tomorrow, when the NFC divisional playoff between the Bears and Eagles will take place about 30 miles south of Lake Forest at Soldier Field.
January 2, 1989 |
With exactly 1 minute, 58 seconds left in the first half of Saturday's Eagles-Bears NFC playoff game - moments after Kevin Butler had given Chicago a 17-6 lead with a 46-yard field goal - a mysterious, white and gray haze billowed over the southeast corner of Soldier Field. "Must be a smoke bomb or something," mumbled a sideline official on the field's east side, the side closest to nearby Lake Michigan. But Chicago had little wind on this blue-sky morning of unseasonably high temperatures, and this cloud was moving too fast, spreading with ominous speed and engulfing everything in its path.
December 24, 1988 |
Luis Zendejas has kicked in the snow and the wind and the rain, but he never has kicked in the playoffs, which makes the wait all the more delicious. Even if he has to kick in the wind and the rain and the cold to do it. "It's a nice situation," Zendejas said. "You want to be the best, that's why you're there playing those games. To get to the playoffs. "I know that every point counts, just like usual. The main thing is, you concentrate more, you know they need it even more because teams are a little more even, and every point really counts.