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Old 12-23-2005, 09:30 AM   #1
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Chicago hopes to lure 2nd football team

Daley floats stadium plan
Mayor hopes to lure 2nd football team, Olympics to Chicago



Looking for ways to build a domed stadium to enhance a possible bid for the 2016 Olympics, Mayor Richard Daley has privately floated the idea of trying to lure a second NFL team to Chicago, sources close to the situation told the Tribune.

A new stadium that could hold at least 80,000 people is among many facilities expected to be required of an Olympics host city. A stadium that large could open the door to other high-profile sporting events, including the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament as well as the Super Bowl. The city doesn't have an indoor facility large enough to hold such events.

A stadium also would be used for opening and closing ceremonies at the Olympics, as well as track and field events. Such a facility could cost between $600 million and $1 billion to construct, observers say.

The renovated Soldier Field seats 61,500, the second-smallest capacity in the NFL.

A second NFL team would be a long shot. The league's top priority is to try to keep the New Orleans Saints in their hurricane-battered hometown. After that, Los Angeles, a city without an NFL team, is viewed as next in line for any franchise transplant or expansion.

And any team that would consider Chicago most likely would have to pay a hefty fee to the Chicago Bears to compensate for moving into their territory.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/n...ck=1&cset=true

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Old 12-23-2005, 09:57 AM   #2
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RE: Chicago hopes to lure 2nd football team

Can we trade the Saints for the Bears, sans the uniform, logo, and name?
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A second NFL team would be a long shot.

I'd say!

Papa Bear would roll over in his grave.



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I could understand somewhere else in the state, but 2 teams in the same city? Is Chicago really that big? I mean, I know New York does it, but...
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Is Chicago really that big?

Yep. Pretty big. Over 8 million folks.

7.9 million love Da Bears.

Two MLB teams.....





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