Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Bears president heralds new stadium, moving to Arlington Heights

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New Chicago Bears team president Kevin Warren says he has his “single focus” on the Arlington Heights stadium development project and will not be considering other options at this time, including renovations at Soldier Field.

Warren held his inaugural press conference as the Bears’ new president/CEO Tuesday along with chairman George McCaskey at Halas Hall, where both men made it clear that Arlington Park is their primary focus in terms of stadium development. The Bears have planned for the past few years to move out of Soldier Field, their 50+ yard home, and now have a breakthrough manager who says he is “100%” committed to making that happen for the franchise .

“We’re going to build an incredible franchise,” Warren said Jan. 17. “I came here to win championships, win the NFC North, win the NFC, win the Super Bowl, help tend and lead a stadium development project, to hug our alumni, to share our history and To embrace tradition and to embrace Chicago Bear’s absolutely incredible fans. Because of that, I’m here.”

The Bears previously signed a purchase agreement for the Arlington International Racecourse property, located in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights, Illinois, in September 2021 with the intention of developing the 326-acre property into a new stadium and surrounding entertainment district.

While the Bears have yet to close the property — and even if they do, development of the property is not guaranteed — McCaskey reiterated that despite the City of Chicago’s attempts to keep it, it’s still the goal before The bears on the soldier’s field will close at the end of the first quarter of 2023. Earlier this month, the city even released renderings of its planned renovations at the venue to turn it into a state-of-the-art NFL arena.

One of the first things Warren noticed when the Bears announced his hiring on Jan. 12 was his stadium building experience.

Warren played an instrumental role in the design, construction and operation of US Bank Stadium during his tenure as the Minnesota Vikings’ chief operating officer from 2015 to 2019 was.

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