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MCCASKEY AND DALEY TO MEET LIKE GOOD SOLDIERS OVER STADIUM
Published November 30, 1995
Officials from the Bears and the city of Chicago will meet today as the "final stages of the soap opera" between Bears President Michael McCaskey and Mayor Richard Daley over a new stadium are about to begin, according to John Kass of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Yesterday, the team officials repeated their desire to have the city rotate the playing field at Soldier Field -- thus allowing seats and skyboxes along the sidelines, but also boosting the project's cost to $230M (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/30). The team said they would be willing to find a new home for the two seasons they believe it would take to rebuild Soldier Field. Wrigley Field and Comiskey Park have been mentioned as possible interim homes. City officials called the proposed rotation plan a stall tactic "aimed a dragging out the Soldier Field talks until environmental and tax issues confronting" a stadium plan from Gary, IN, can be resolved. McCaskey met again with skybox holders Wednesday and the "consensus was clear. The team's highest-paying customers want to stay in Chicago, not move to Gary" (Fran Spielman, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 11/30).