Chicago Bears Traditions

Soldier Field History

Facts and Figures

Homes of the Bears

Staley Field:  1920
Wrigley Field:  1921-1970
Soldier Field:  1971-2001
Memorial Stadium:  2002
New Soldier Field:  2003

Stadium Address
Soldier Field Gate 0
425 E. McFetridge, Chicago, IL 60605

Ground Breaking Date
January 19, 2002

Opening Game
Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers
September 29, 2003

Capacity
Approximately 61,500

Construction Schedule
20 months (Shortest construction time for a modern day stadium on record)

Playing Surface
Natural grass

Other Amenities
  • 133 Suites and approximately 8,600 Club Seats
  • Seats at Soldier Field are an average of 37 feet closer to the action
  • Wider seats with cup holders
  • Three-level United Club 
  • Year-round access to the Colonnade Level
  • Miller Lite Party Deck in the north end zone, below the video board
  • Open-air Courtyard inside Gate 0
  • "Bears Den" gallery, capturing the history of the team
  • Bears' Ring of Honor throughout the Mezzanine Level
  • Official Bears Pro Shop (open year-round)
  • Two 23'x 82' video boards located in the north and south end zones
  • 600 feet of ribbon panel LED signage, featuring game stats, advertising and other fun fan features
  • Hybrid sound system, consisting of three large clusters of speakers and 162 individual speaker boxes.
  • Nearly 1000 televisions scattered throughout the stadium
  • One underground garage and one parking deck accommodating 4,400 cars
  • Three times as many concession stands as the old Soldier Field
  • Twice as many restrooms as the old Soldier Field
  • 280-foot granite Veteran's Memorial water wall to honor American veterans of all wars
  • 17 acres of parkland and 1,400 new trees
  • 40-foot sledding hill
Materials breakdown
  • 150,000 cubic yards of excavation
  • 2,800 steel piles
  • 40,000 cubic yards of concrete
  • 2,915 tons of rebar
  • 310,000 square feet of precast
  • 575,000 square feet of metal decking
  • 9 passenger elevators, 3 service elevators
  • 8 escalators
  • 590,000 square feet of masonry
  • 190,000 square feet of glass curtain wall
  • 2,250 linear feet of custom stone countertops
  • 1,600 doors
  • 20 miles of cable
  • 30,000 square yards of carpeting
  • 2,500 plumbing fixtures
  • 36 miles of piping
  • 335 tons of sheet metal
  • 14,000 light fixtures
  • 1.25 million watts of sports lighting
  • 1 mega watt of show power
  • 20,000 circuit breakers