When Will the New Bears Stadium Be Built?

June 15, 2023

The Bears might not make their tentative exit from Soldier Field public until a deal closes in the first half of 2023, but they're already starting to prepare for life outside the Windy City. The club closed on the land at Arlington Park last month, bringing their plan for a state-of-the-art domed stadium to a more concrete place.

The team's leaders didn't offer any new stadium renderings Thursday, but they did say the $5 billion campus would include two- to eight-story townhomes, a sports book, "Bears fit" workout facilities, restaurants, a hotel and a modernized Metra station. The site would also include a public park, a pond for kayaking and canoeing, and more, they said.

That's a lot of money, and the team might not be able to put it all together itself. But the team's incoming president and CEO, Kevin Warren, has built a reputation as one of the NFL's smartest businessmen, having been a key player in the development of the Minnesota Vikings' U.S. Bank Stadium, a top-tier venue that opened in 2016.

While Warren won't start work until next month, his experience will be invaluable as the Bears finesse their Arlington Heights plans. The franchise will likely host just one Super Bowl in its new home (cold-weather cities tend to only get a single Super Bowl before it rotates back to warmer-weather towns), but the Arlington Heights location could be used for other big-ticket events, such as the Final Four and College Football Playoff games.


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