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Chicago Mayor Pitches Soldier Field Super Bowl To NFL Commissioner Goodell
Published June 1, 2012
HINDSIGHT IS 20/20: In Chicago, Dan Pompei notes if the city “wanted to be host to a Super Bowl, it should have done two things differently in 2001 when the city decided to rebuild Soldier Field.” It should have “made the capacity significantly larger, and it should have put a dome over it.” The average face value for a Super Bowl ticket “is about $1,000,” meaning a Super Bowl at 80,000-seat Cowboys Stadium “would be worth considerably more than a Super Bowl at Soldier Field in ticket sales alone.” And while the NFL will play Super Bowl XLVIII outdoors at MetLife Stadium, Chicago "in February makes New York feel like Honolulu” (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/1). The Chicago Tribune's Fred Mitchell noted when Soldier Field was renovated, the team "actually reduced the capacity of the stadium and it did not meet the minimum requirements ... to host a Super Bowl." There would have to be "some structural changes made in order to accommodate that many people.” Comcast SportsNet Chicago's Dave Kaplan: “In addition, you would have to get a field because you can't play on painted dirt” ("Chicago Tribune Live," Comcast SportsNet Chicago, 5/31).