Things You May Not Know About Chicago’s Soldier Field

One of the most famous football stadiums in the United States is Soldier Field in Chicago. The Chicago Bears have played there since 1971, except for the year 2002 when it was being renovated. Though the Bears are the stadium’s most famous tenant, it has also hosted other teams, concerts, and events too including games during the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Here is a look at some little known facts about Soldier Field.

-Construction began on Soldier Field in 1922 and it opened in the fall of 1924.

-From 1971 to 1988, Soldier Field had AstroTurf.

-For the first two years of its existence, Soldier Field was named Municipal Grant Park Stadium.

-The 1968 International Special Olympics Games were held there.

-After 2008, Soldier Field became the smallest stadium still in use in the NFL. It has a capacity of 61,500 people.

-The first NFL playoff game played there was the 1985 NFC Divisional Playoff game that saw the Chicago Bears defeat the New York Giants 21-0.

-Soldier Field was home to the annual College All Star Game that pitted the previous year’s NFL champion against a team of college all stars. The last of these games was played in 1976.

-Due to the extend of the renovation performed on the stadium in 2003, it was delisted as a National Historic Landmark.

-The first football game played at the stadium happened in 1924 and saw Louisville Male High School defeat Chicago Austin High School 26-0.

Teams that have called Soldier Field home over the years:

Football: Chicago Bears, Chicago Rockets, Chicago Hornets, Chicago Cardinals, Chicago Enforcers, Chicago Blitz, Chicago Winds, and Chicago Fire.

Soccer: Chicago Fire, Chicago Sting, and Chicago Spurs.

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