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Soldier Field

Soldier Field is an American football and soccer stadium located in Chicago, Illinois' midtown, near the waterfront of Lake Michigan.

Wide shot of a large crowd watching a soccer game at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Home to the National Football League's Chicago Bears, Soldier Field is the oldest stadium in the NFL. The fieldhouse opened in 1924 and has a capacity of holding 61,500 fans. The Bears moved to the stadium in 1971. It is also the home field to the Chicago Fire FC of Major League Soccer.

Historically, Soldier Field opened in 1924 as Municipal Grant Park Stadium. The name was changed to Soldier Field a year later as a memorial to the U.S. soldiers who had died in combat.

In 2002, the fieldhouse went under a major renovation to modernize the stadium. Unfortunately, the rebuild lowered the seating capacity and delisted it as a National Historic Landmark. The classic colonnades were kept intact as a lasting monument with a 250-foot granite wall sculpture built to memorialize the men and women who serve in the armed forces. The final cost of the remodel was $655 million.

The Bears aren't the only team to play in the famed stadium. Both the NFL Chicago Cardinals and the University of Notre Dame football team had Soldier Field as their home venue. The 1994 FIFA World Cup and the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup games were held there as well. Soldier Field also hosted the first-ever Special Olympics Summer Games in 1968.

Famous celebrities such as Amelia Earhart, Martin Luther King Jr., and President Franklin D. Roosevelt graced the fieldhouse walls with their voices.

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