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, bringing the seating capacity to over 100,000. 1961 Chicago Bears offensive line in action.Where is Soldier Field located?
The area in which Soldier Field sits is staid and stately — the Museum Campus, home of the famed Field Museum , Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium. The also-famed Chicago Loop is very close by, as is Lake Shore Drive and, for that matter, Lake Michigan itself.Is Soldier Field the smallest stadium in the NFL?
Starting in 2020, the Chicago Fire FC of Major League Soccer began calling Soldier Field home. However, Soldier Field is also one of the smallest stadiums capacity-wise in the NFL, so obtaining tickets to see the Bears can be a difficult and expensive proposition.Why did the Chicago Bears renovate Soldier Field in 1978?
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. The playing surface was AstroTurf from 1971 through 1987, replaced with natural grass in 1988.