Chicago Bears Ink Deal on Arlington Racecourse Property, Eyes on Possible New Stadium

As reported by multiple media sources, the Chicago Bears signed a purchase agreement on for the Arlington International Racecourse property in a deal valued at $197.2 million, according to The Athletic. The property is a potential site for a new stadium.

Chicago Bears Announce Bid to Purchase Arlington, IL Raceway; Possible Move for Home Field

The Bears have called Soldier Field home since 1971, but the lure of Arlington includes a larger stadium, an option for a closed stadium, and a sports betting lounge.

  • The team would be forced to pay $84 million to the city if the lease is broken in 2026.
  • After 2026, the financial penalty decreases.
  • The sale of the Arlington site is expected to close between 2022 and 2023.

The Bears are in talks for renovations at Soldier Field with the Chicago Park District, owner of the historic stadium. Its 2001-2003 renovation cost a reported $733 million, including $432 million in taxpayer dollars.

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David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]