|Formerly known as||Municipal Grant Park Stadium|
1410 South Museum Campus Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60605
|Designed by||Holabird & Roche|
- The stadiumâ€™s foundation consists of 10,000 giant wood pilings driven an average depth of six stories through landfill to bedrock
- Original stadium cost: $13,000,000
- 2003 Stadium reconsgtruction cost: $660,000,000
- The original structure had a U-shaped configuration, with total seating capacity over 100,000
- The stadium was designed in neo-classical style with paired Doric columns on the east and west sides
- Original structure featured 74,280 permanent bleacher seats made of fir planking
- Soldier Field is the oldest NFL stadium
- Soldier Field was an integral venue of the Century of Progress (Worldâ€™s Fair) of 1933-34
- A column from the ruins of aÂ Roman templeÂ inÂ OstiaÂ given to Chicago by the Italian government to honor
- GeneralÂ Italo Balbo's 1933 trans-Atlantic flight still stands nearÂ Soldier Field.
- The 1968 documentary filmÂ Powers of TenÂ focuses on two people having a picnic on the east side of Soldier Field
- During the 2002-2003 renovation, a grandstand was built in the open end of the U-shape, reducing seating capacity to 55,701, but moving fans closer to the field. Front row 50-yard line seats are only 55 feet away from sidelines
- Even after the 2002-2003 renovation, Soldier Field is the third smallest NFL stadium with a standard seating capacity of 63,000
- Video displays added to Soldier Field in 2003 include two Daktronics video boards and two 321-foot-long LED ribbon boards mounted on the fascia
- Soldier Field has a JBL surround sound system
- The current media box accommodates 250 people
- Soldier Field has 133 Sky Suites
- The longest-running non-sports event at Soldier Field was the American Legionâ€™s annual Fourth of July fireworks show which was held from the 1930â€™s to the early 1980sâ€™
- The Chicagoland Music Festival was held at Soldier Field from 1930-1964, and was probably most popular non-sporting annual event at Soldier Field. In its peak years, it drew 90,000-100,000 and was broadcast on radio and TV
- Soldier Field has hosted rock concerts, thrill shows, rodeos, tractor and truck pulls, circuses, fireworks displays, stock car races, sunrise services, marching band concerts, open-air operas, skiing and toboggan events including a ski jump event from a 13-story platform.
- Today, Soldier Field and surrounding grounds host events over 200 days per year
- 1919: The South Park Commission (1934 became the Chicago Park District) commissioned Chicago architects Holabird & Roche to design a stadium that would serve as a showcase "for events and a playground for the people."
- August 11, 1922: Groundbreaking
- October 4, 1924: Hosted its first high school football game: Louisville Male v. Chicago Austin Community Academy
- October 9, 1924: Officially opened as Municipal Grant Park Stadium (date coincided with 53rd anniversary of Great Chicago Fire, 1871)
- November 22, 1924: First collegiate football game: Notre Dame v. Northwestern
- November 11, 1925: At the request of the Chicago Gold Star Mothers, to honor soldiers of WWI, changed name to Soldier Field
- June 20-24, 1926: 28th International Eucharistic Congress held three days of events; estimated 500,000 total attended outdoor masses; featured choir of 62,000 Catholic school childrenÂ
- November 27, 1926: Formally dedicated as Soldier Field during the 29th Army-Navy football game with over 100,000 spectators in attendance
- September 22, 1927: The Long Count Fight, the secondÂ heavyweightÂ championship bout betweenÂ Jack DempseyÂ andÂ Gene Tunney held; 104,000 in attendance
- November 26, 1927: All-time collegiate football attendance record for Notre Dame v. USC game: over 123,000
- 1937: Prep Bowl game, Austin v. Leo, has largest crowd for high school football game, 115,000Â
- October 28, 1944: President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a campaign address to 150,000
- 1948: Chicago Park District engineers won an award for their design of a stadium lighting system featuring 5,000 watt flood lights that could be arranged in pre-set patterns
- September 8, 1954: 260,000 gathered at Soldier Field for a Catholic Marian celebration; largest event crowd
- 1962: 116,000 in attendance to hear evangelist Billy Graham
- August 15, 1964: Johnny and June Cash perform as part of long-running Chicagoland Musical Festival
- July 10, 1966: TheÂ Chicago Freedom Movement rally led byÂ Martin Luther King (also Mahalia Jackson;Â Stevie Wonder;Â Peter, Paul and Mary) with 60,000 in attendance
- July 19â€“20, 1968: First International Special Olympics Summer Games were held at Soldier Field
- 1971: The stadium's original grass field was replaced with AstroTurf
- September 1971: The Chicago Bears moved to Soldier Field from Wrigley Field
- 1978-1981: Renovation of aging stadium, including lighting, playing surface, locker rooms, and original plank seating replaced with individual seats with backs, armrests
- 1982: New press box and 60 sky suites added, making the capacity 66,030
- 1987: The stadium was designated a National Historic Landmark
- 1988: 56 more sky suites added, making the seating capacity 66,946
- 1988: The stadium's AstroTurf was replaced with Kentucky bluegrass
- June-July, 1994: Soldier Field hosted the opening ceremonies of the 1994 soccer World Cup, the first time the competition was held in America
- 2001: Chicago Park District (owner of Soldier Field) announced plans for stadium reconstruction
- 2003: The stadium was largely reconstructed with a controversially modern design by Wood & Zapata/Lohan Caprile Goettsch.
- September 27, 2003: Soldier Field was rededicated.
- July 21, 2004: The 2003 renovation was too successful. The federal government threatened to take away Soldier Field's landmark status because the renovation changed it so much that it removed its historic character.
- September 23, 2004: As a result of the 2003 renovation, a 10-member federal advisory committee unanimously recommended that Soldier Field be delisted as aÂ National Historic Landmark
- April 21, 2006: Soldier Field lost its status as a National Historic Landmark because of the severity of alterations made during the $660,000,000 renovation, completed in 2003 and pushed by Mayor Daley.
- May 30, 2009: Lacrosse was played for the first time at this stadium.
- May 2012: Soldier Field was awarded the status of LEED-EB, the first existing North American stadium and first NFL stadium to receive the designation