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Soldier Field
Stadium in a Park
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Soldier Field in October 2006
Former names Municipal Grant Park Stadium (1924–1925)
Address 1410 S Museum Campus Drive
Location Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°51′44″N 87°37′00″W / 41.8623°N 87.6167°W / 41.8623; -87.6167Coordinates: 41°51′44″N 87°37′00″W / 41.8623°N 87.6167°W / 41.8623; -87.6167
Public transit Metra: 18th Street
Chicago Transit Authority Logo.svg Roosevelt
Red Orange Green
Owner Chicago Park District
Operator SMG
Executive suites 133
Capacity 66,944 (1994)
61,500 (2003)
Acreage 7 acres (2.8 ha)
Surface Kentucky Bluegrass
(1924–1970, 1988–present)
AstroTurf (1971–1987)
Construction
Broke ground August 11, 1922
Opened October 9, 1924
96 years ago
Renovated 2002–2003
Closed January 19, 2002 –
September 26, 2003 (renovations)
Construction cost US$13 million (original)
($162 million in 2015 dollars)
$632 million (2001–2003 renovation)
Renovations: ($732 million in 2015 dollars )
Architect Holabird & Roche
Wood + Zapata, Inc.
Lohan Caprile Goettsch Architects
Project manager Hoffman Associates
Structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti
Services engineer Ellerbe Becket
General contractor Turner/Barton Malow/Kenny
Tenants
Notre Dame Fighting Irish football (NCAA) (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 FC (MLS) (1998–2001, 2003–2005, 2020–present)
Chicago Enforcers (XFL) (2001)
Designated: 1987
Delisted: 2006

Soldier Field is an American football stadium located in the Near South Side of Chicago, Illinois, near Downtown Chicago. It opened in 1924 and is the home field of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL), who moved there in 1971, and Chicago Fire FC of Major League Soccer (MLS), who will begin playing at the stadium in 2020. It has a football capacity of 61,500, and it is the oldest stadium in the NFL.

The stadium's interior was rebuilt as part of a major renovation project in 2002, which modernized the facility but lowered seating capacity, while also causing 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, as well as games from the 1994 FIFA World Cup, the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, and multiple CONCACAF Gold Cup championships. In 1968, it hosted the first Games of the Special Olympics.

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