Very little information has been provided on the Chicago Bears‘ project for a new stadium since Kevin Warren began operating as the team’s new president.
A large part of the reason why Warren was hired to be the replacement for Ted Phillips is because he previously facilitated the construction of the Minnesota Vikings’ stadium.
While the Bears purchased the land that was formally known as the Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, the team has yet to announce their official stadium plans.
Warren, along with newly elected Chicago mayor Brandon Johnson, seemingly have repaired the fractured relationship between the Bears and the city of Chicago. To that end, the Parkins and Spiegel Show of 670 The Score reported on Wednesday that the Bears are researching the possibility of constructing their new stadium in the South Lot of where Soldier Field currently is.
"The South Lot currently serves as a large parking lot and tailgating area. It’s unclear how serious the Bears are about potentially building a stadium on that location. It’s possible it could be another move for create leverage to extract the best deal from Arlington Heights, where the Bears own Arlington Park and have been eyeing a new stadium.-Audacy Sports Chicago"
It would seem that this is the latest leverage ploy by the Bears as they try to finalize the stadium deal from Arlington Heights. Of all the options that the Bears are currently considering for their next stadium, Arlington Heights remains the best option considering the ability to have a stadium along with an entertainment district.
There would be logistics to work through if the South Lot were to be the next location for the Bears’ stadium. Namely, where would the Bears play while the stadium is being constructed? Remaining at Soldier Field wouldn’t be possible as the construction of the new stadium would remove viable parking options.