Soldier Field

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Soldier Field
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Soldier Field in October 2006
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Soldier Field
Location in the United States
Former namesMunicipal Grant Park Stadium (1924–1925)
Address1410 S Museum Campus Drive
Location Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°51′44″N87°37′00″W / 41.8623°N 87.6167°W / 41.8623; -87.6167 Coordinates: 41°51′44″N87°37′00″W / 41.8623°N 87.6167°W / 41.8623; -87.6167 [1]
Public transitAiga railtransportation 25.svg Metramlogo.svg
at Museum Campus/11th Street
at 18th Street
BSicon SUBWAY.svg Chicago Transit Authority
at Roosevelt
OwnerChicago Park District
Operator SMG
Executive suites133
Capacity 66,944 (1994)
61,500 (2003) [2]
Acreage 7 acres (2.8 ha) [3]
Surface Kentucky Bluegrass
(1924–1970, 1988–present)
AstroTurf (1971–1987)
Construction
Broke groundAugust 11, 1922 [4]
OpenedOctober 9, 1924
95 years ago
Renovated2002–2003
ClosedJanuary 19, 2002 –
September 26, 2003 (renovations)
Construction costUS$13 million (original) [3]
($190 million in 2015 dollars) [5]
$632 million (2001–2003 renovation) [6]
Renovations: ($861 million in 2015 dollars [5] )
Architect Holabird & Roche
Wood + Zapata, Inc.
Lohan Caprile Goettsch Architects
Project managerHoffman Associates [7]
Structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti
Services engineer Ellerbe Becket [7]
General contractor Turner/Barton Malow/Kenny [7]
Tenants
Notre Dame Fighting Irish football (NCAA) (1929) [8] [9]
Chicago Rockets/Hornets (AAFC) (1946–1949)
Chicago Cardinals (NFL) (1959)
UIC Chikas football (NCAA) (1966–1973) [10] [11]
Chicago Spurs (NPSL) (1967)
Chicago Owls (CFL) (1968–1969)
Chicago Bears (NFL) (1971–2001, 2003–present)
Chicago Sting (NASL) (1975–1976)
Chicago Fire (WFL) (1974)
Chicago Winds (WFL) (1975)
Chicago Blitz (USFL) (1983–1984)
Chicago Fire (MLS) (1998–2001, 2003–2005, 2020–present)
Chicago Enforcers (XFL) (2001)
Designated1987
Delisted2006

Soldier Field is an American football stadium located in the Near South Side of Chicago, Illinois. It opened in 1924 and is the home field of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL), who moved there in 1971. [12] [13] With a football capacity of 61,500, it is the third-smallest stadium in the NFL. In 2016, Soldier Field became the second-oldest stadium in the league when the Los Angeles Rams began playing temporarily at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which opened a year earlier than Soldier Field.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, the team with possession of the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with the ball or passing it, while the defense, the team without possession of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs or plays; if they fail, they turn over the football to the defense, but if they succeed, they are given a new set of four downs to continue the drive. Points are scored primarily by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

Near South Side, Chicago Community area in Chicago

The Near South Side is a community area of Chicago, Illinois, United States, just south of the downtown central business district, the Loop. The Near South Side's boundaries are as follows: North—Roosevelt Road ; South—26th Street; West—Chicago River between Roosevelt and 18th Street, Clark Street between 18th Street and Cermak Road, Federal between Cermak Road and the Stevenson Expressway just south of 25th Street, and Clark Street again between the Stevenson and 26th Street; and East—Lake Michigan.

Chicago city and county seat of Cook County, Illinois, United States

Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Illinois and the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,705,994 (2018), it is also the most populous city in the Midwestern United States. Chicago is the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the US, with portions of the northwest city limits extending into DuPage County near O'Hare Airport. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland. At nearly 10 million people, the metropolitan area is the third most populous in the nation.

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The stadium's interior was mostly demolished and rebuilt as part of a major renovation project in 2002, which modernized the facility but lowered seating capacity, while also causing it to be delisted as a National Historic Landmark. Soldier Field has served as the home venue for a number of other sports teams in its history, including the Chicago Cardinals of the NFL, University of Notre Dame football, and the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer, as well as games from the 1994 FIFA World Cup, the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, and multiple CONCACAF Gold Cup championships. In 1968, it hosted the first Games of the Special Olympics.

National Historic Landmark formal designation assigned by the United States federal government to historic buildings and sites in the United States

A National Historic Landmark (NHL) is a building, district, object, site, or structure that is officially recognized by the United States government for its outstanding historical significance. Only some 2,500 (~3%) of over 90,000 places listed on the country's National Register of Historic Places are recognized as National Historic Landmarks.

History of the Chicago Cardinals History of the football team now known as the Arizona Cardinals when in Chicago

The professional American football team now known as the Arizona Cardinals previously played in Chicago, Illinois as the Chicago Cardinals from 1920 to 1959 before relocating to St. Louis, Missouri for the 1960 season.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish football American college football team

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team is the intercollegiate football team representing the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana. The team is currently coached by Brian Kelly and plays its home games at the campus's Notre Dame Stadium, which has a capacity of 77,622. Notre Dame is one of six schools that competes as an Independent at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Football Bowl Subdivision level; however, they play five games a year against opponents from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), which Notre Dame is a member of in all other sports except ice hockey.

History

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Sculpture of a sailor and his family, gazing eastward, over Lake Michigan

Soldier Field was designed in 1919 and opened on October 9, 1924, as Municipal Grant Park Stadium. The name was changed to Soldier Field on November 11, 1925, as a memorial to U.S. soldiers who had died in combat. Its formal dedication as Soldier Field was on Saturday, November 27, 1926, [14] during the 29th annual playing of the Army–Navy Game. [15] Its design is in the Neoclassical style, with Doric columns rising above the East and West entrances. [16] The stadium cost $13 million to construct ($182 million in 2015 dollars), a very large sum for a sporting venue at that time (in comparison, L.A. Memorial Coliseum had cost less than $1 million in 1923 dollars).

Army–Navy Game annual December American football game in the USA between the US Army and the US Navy

The Army–Navy Game is an American college football rivalry game between the Army Black Knights of the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, New York, and the Navy Midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy (USNA) at Annapolis, Maryland. The Black Knights and Midshipmen each represent their service's oldest officer commissioning sources. As such, the game has come to embody the spirit of the interservice rivalry of the United States Armed Forces. The game marks the end of the college football regular season and the third and final game of the season's Commander-in-Chief's Trophy series, which also includes the Air Force Falcons of the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Neoclassical architecture Architectural style

Neoclassical architecture is an architectural style produced by the neoclassical movement that began in the mid-18th century. In its purest form, it is a style principally derived from the architecture of classical antiquity, the Vitruvian principles, and the work of the Italian architect Andrea Palladio.

Doric order Order of ancient Greek and Roman architecture, with no base to the column, simple capital, and triglyphs on the frieze

The Doric order was one of the three orders of ancient Greek and later Roman architecture; the other two canonical orders were the Ionic and the Corinthian. The Doric is most easily recognized by the simple circular capitals at the top of columns. Originating in the western Dorian region of Greece, it is the earliest and in its essence the simplest of the orders, though still with complex details in the entablature above.

Early configuration

In its earliest configuration, Soldier Field was capable of seating 74,280 spectators and was in the shape of a U. Additional seating could be added along the interior field, upper promenades and on the large, open field and terrace beyond the north endzone, [17] bringing the seating capacity to over 100,000. [18]

Seating capacity number of people who can be seated in a specific space, in terms of both the physical space available, and limitations set by law

Seating capacity is the number of people who can be seated in a specific space, in terms of both the physical space available, and limitations set by law. Seating capacity can be used in the description of anything ranging from an automobile that seats two to a stadium that seats hundreds of thousands of people. The largest sporting venue in the world, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has a permanent seating capacity for more than 235,000 people and infield seating that raises capacity to an approximate 400,000.

Chicago Bears move in

Soldier Field was used as a site for many sporting events and exhibitions. The Chicago Cardinals used it as their home field for their final season in Chicago in 1959. A dozen years later in September 1971, the Chicago Bears moved in, originally with a three-year commitment. [12] [13] They previously played at Wrigley Field, best known as the home of the Chicago Cubs baseball team, but were forced to move to a larger venue due to post-AFL–NFL merger policies requiring that stadium capacities seat over 50,000 spectators. They had intended to build a stadium in Arlington Heights. In 1978, the Bears and the Chicago Park District agreed to a 20-year lease and renovation of the stadium. Both parties pooled their resources for the renovation. [19] The playing surface was AstroTurf from 1971 through 1987, replaced with natural grass in 1988. [20]

The 1959 Chicago Cardinals season was the team's 40th and final season in Chicago. The Cardinals opened the season with a 49–21 home win over the Washington Redskins at Soldier Field, but finished with a record of two wins and ten losses, last place in the Eastern Conference. They tied with the Los Angeles Rams for the worst record in the 12-team league.

1971 NFL season Sports season

The 1971 NFL season was the 52nd regular season of the National Football League. The season ended with Super Bowl VI when the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Miami Dolphins 24–3 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. The Pro Bowl took place on January 23, 1972, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum; the AFC beat the NFC 26–13.

The 1971 Chicago Bears season was their 52nd regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 6–8 record, another below .500 showing, eventually costing head coach Jim Dooley his job. This was their 1st season at Soldier Field.

Replacement talks

In 1989, Soldier Field's future was in jeopardy after a proposal was created for a "McDome", which was intended to be a domed stadium for the Bears, but was rejected by the Illinois Legislature in 1990. Because of this, Bears president Michael McCaskey considered relocation as a possible factor for a new stadium. The Bears had also purchased options in Hoffman Estates, Elk Grove Village, and Aurora. In 1995, McCaskey announced that he and Northwest Indiana developers agreed to construction of an entertainment complex called "Planet Park", which would also include a new stadium. However, the plan was rejected by the Lake County Council, and in 1998, Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley proposed that the Bears share Comiskey Park with the Chicago White Sox. [21]

Michael McCaskey was the chairman of the Chicago Bears in the National Football League from 1999 until 2011.

Aurora, Illinois City in Illinois, United States

Aurora, a suburb of Chicago, is a city in DuPage, Kane, Kendall, and Will counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. Located primarily in DuPage and Kane counties, it is an outer suburb of Chicago and the second most populous city in the state, and the 115th most populous city in the country. The population was 197,899 at the 2010 census, and was estimated to have increased to 200,965 by 2017.

Richard M. Daley Illinois politician

Richard Michael Daley is an American politician who served as the 54th Mayor of Chicago, Illinois from 1989 to 2011. Daley was elected mayor in 1989 and was reelected five times until declining to run for a seventh term. At 22 years, he was the longest-serving Chicago mayor, surpassing the tenure of his father, Richard J. Daley.

Renovations

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Aerial view of the stadium in 1988.
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Aerial view of Soldier Field during renovation in April 2002.
Soldier Field as seen from Lake Shore Drive. The modern grandstands, added in 2003, extend well above the original Neoclassical columns. Soldier-Field-01.jpg
Soldier Field as seen from Lake Shore Drive. The modern grandstands, added in 2003, extend well above the original Neoclassical columns.

Beginning in 1978, the plank seating was replaced by individual seats with backs and armrests. In 1982, a new press box as well as 60 skyboxes were added to the stadium, boosting capacity to 66,030. In 1988, 56 more skyboxes were added increasing capacity to 66,946. Capacity was slightly increased to 66,950 in 1992. By 1994, capacity was slightly reduced to 66,944. During the renovation, seating capacity was reduced to 55,701 by building a grandstand in the open end of the U shape. This moved the field closer to both ends at the expense of seating capacity. The goal of this renovation was to move the fans closer to the field. [15] The front row 50-yard line seats were then now only 55 feet (17 m) away from the sidelines, the shortest distance of all NFL stadiums, until MetLife Stadium opened in 2010, with a distance of 46 feet.[ citation needed ]

Landmark delisting

In 2001, the Chicago Park District, which owns the structure, faced substantial criticism when it announced plans to alter the stadium with a design by Benjamin T. Wood and Carlos Zapata of the Boston-based architecture firm Wood + Zapata. Stadium grounds were reconfigured by Chicago-based architecture firm of Lohan Associate, led by architect Dirk Lohan, the grandson of architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The stadium's interior would be demolished and reconstructed while the exterior would be preserved. This is an example of facadism. A similar endeavor of constructing a new stadium within the confines of an historic stadium's exterior was completed in Leipzig, Germany's Red Bull Arena, which similarly built a modern stadium while persevering the exterior of the original Zentralstadion. Fans and radio hosts such as WSCR's Mike North criticized the small seating capacity of the new venue, and fans for years have criticized the Park District's lack of care to the field surface after the first seasonal freeze and a refusal to consider a new-generation artificial surface, leaving the team to play on dead grass.

On January 19, 2002, the night of the Bears' playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, demolition was begun as tailgate fires still burned in the trash cans in the parking lots. Removal of 24,000 stadium seats in 36 hours by Archer Seating Clearinghouse, a speed record never exceeded since, was the first step in building the new Soldier Field. Nostalgic Bears fans, recalling the glory seasons, especially 1985, along with some retired players picked up their seats in the South Parking lot.

The foremen on the job were Grant Wedding, who himself installed the seats in 1979, and Mark Wretschko who was an executive for the factory who made the 1979 seats.

Dozens of articles by writers and columnists attacked the project as an aesthetic, political, and financial nightmare. The project received mixed reviews within the architecture community, including criticism by civic and preservation groups. [22] Prominent American architect and Chicagoan Stanley Tigerman called it "a fiasco". [23] The Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin dubbed it the "Eyesore on the Lake Shore". [24] [25] [26] The renovation was described by some as "a spaceship landed on the stadium". [27] [28] Lohan responded,

I would never say that Soldier Field is an architectural landmark. Nobody has copied it; nobody has learned from it. People like it for nostalgic reasons. They remember the games and parades and tractor pulls and veterans' affairs they've seen there over the years. I wouldn't do this if it were the Parthenon. But this isn't the Parthenon. [23]

Proponents argued the renovation was direly needed citing aging and cramped facilities. The New York Times ranked the renovated Soldier Field as one of the five best new buildings of 2003. [29] Soldier Field was given an award in design excellence by the American Institute of Architects in 2004. [30]

On September 23, 2004, as a result of the 2003 renovation, a 10-member federal advisory committee unanimously recommended that Soldier Field be delisted as a National Historic Landmark. [31] [32] The recommendation to delist was prepared by Carol Ahlgren, architectural historian at the National Park Service's Midwest Regional Office in Omaha, Nebraska. Ahlgren was quoted in Preservation Online as stating that "if we had let this stand, I believe it would have lowered the standard of National Historic Landmarks throughout the country", and, "If we want to keep the integrity of the program, let alone the landmarks, we really had no other recourse." The stadium lost the Landmark designation on February 17, 2006. [33]

Subsequent developments

In May 2012, the stadium became the first NFL stadium to achieve LEED status. [34]

On July 9, 2019, the Chicago Fire announced an agreement with the Village of Bridgeview to release the Fire from its lease for SeatGeek Stadium. As a result, the Fire are expected to return to Soldier Field for the 2020 MLS season. [35]

Public transportation

The closest Chicago 'L' station to Soldier Field is the Roosevelt station on the Orange, Green and Red lines. The Chicago Transit Authority also operates the #128 Soldier Field Express bus route to the stadium from Ogilvie Transportation Center and Union Station. There are also two Metra stations close by—the Museum Campus/11th Street station on the Metra Electric Line, which also is used by South Shore Line trains, and 18th Street, which is only served by the Metra Electric Line. Pace also provides access from the Northwest, West and Southwest suburbs to the stadium with four express routes from Schaumburg, Lombard, Bolingbrook, Burr Ridge, Palos Heights and Oak Lawn.

Events

Football

Single events

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1926 Army–Navy Game
  • The stadium hosted its first football game, on October 4, 1924, between Louisville Male High School and Chicago's Austin Community Academy High School. Louisville's team won 26–0. (Chicago Tribune, October 2, 1924)
  • Over 100,000 spectators attended the 1926 Army–Navy Game. It would decide the national championship, as Navy entered undefeated and Army had lost only to Notre Dame. The game lived up to its hype, and even though it ended in a 21–21 tie, Navy was awarded the national championship. [36]
  • The all-time collegiate attendance record of 123,000+ was established November 26, 1927, as Notre Dame beat the University of Southern California 7–6. In 2016, 150,000+ attended a game between Virginia Tech and Tennessee at Bristol Speedway. [15]
  • Austin defeated Leo to win the 1937 Prep Bowl; another contender for the highest attendance ever (estimated at over 120,000 spectators). The Chicago Prep Bowl games are held at Soldier Field yearly on the day after Thanksgiving. The bowl game is older than the IHSA state championship tournament held since the 1960s.
  • The stadium was host to 41 College All-Star Games, an exhibition between the previous year's NFL champion (or, in its final years, Super Bowl champion) and a team of collegiate all-star players prior to their reporting to their new professional teams training camps. This game was discontinued after the 1976 NFL season. The final game in 1976 was halted in the third quarter when a torrential thunderstorm broke out and play was never resumed.
  • In 2012, Notre Dame hosted a game at Soldier Field against the University of Miami as part of their Shamrock Series.
  • Four NFC Championship Games have been held at the stadium.
  • NFL teams winless at Soldier Field: Baltimore Ravens (0–3), Cleveland Browns (0–3), and Los Angeles Chargers (0–4).
  • NFL teams unbeaten at Soldier Field: Houston Texans (2–0).

NFL playoffs

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Aerial view of the stadium in 2008
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The outside of soldier field, stating: "Soldier Field, dedicated to the men and women of the armed services".
  • Other Bears playoff games at Soldier Field:

College football

NIU Huskies football plays select games at Soldier Field, all of which have featured the Huskies hosting a team from the Big Ten Conference. Northern Illinois University (NIU) is located in DeKalb, 65 miles (105 km) to the west on Interstate 88.

  • On September 1, 2007, NIU faced the University of Iowa in the first Division I College Football game at Soldier Field since renovations. The Hawkeyes defeated the Huskies, 16–3.
  • On September 17, 2011, the Huskies returned to play the Wisconsin Badgers in a game that was called "Soldier Field Showdown II". The eventual Big Ten champion Badgers topped NIU, 49–7.
  • On September 1, 2012, NIU hosted the Iowa Hawkeyes in a season opener that was called "Soldier Field Showdown III". The Hawkeyes narrowly defeated the Huskies, 18–17.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish football used the stadium as home field for the 1929 season while Notre Dame Stadium was being constructed. The school has used Soldier Field for single games on occasion both prior to and since the 1929 season.

Hockey

On February 7, 2013 the stadium hosted a high school hockey game between St. Rita High School from the city’s Southwest side and Fenwick High School from suburban Oak Park, Illinois. [39]

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The 2014 NHL Stadium Series featuring the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Miami RedHawks played a doubleheader on February 17, 2013 with the Wisconsin Badgers and Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Hockey City Classic, the first outdoor hockey game in the history of the stadium. [40] A Chicago Gay Hockey Association intra-squad game was held in affiliation with the Hockey City Classic. [41]

The Chicago Blackhawks played against the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 1, 2014 as part of the NHL's Stadium Series. The Blackhawks defeated the Penguins 5-1 before a sold-out crowd of 62,921. [42] The team also held its 2015 Stanley Cup Championship celebration at the stadium instead of Grant Park, where other city championships have typically been held, due to recent rains. [43]

February 7, 2015 Soldier Field hosted another edition of the Hockey City Classic. The event had been delayed due to unusually warm weather (42 °F) and complications with the quality of the ice. The 2015 edition of the Hockey City Classic featured a match between Miami of Ohio and Western Michigan, followed by a match between the Big Ten's Michigan and Michigan State [44] [45] [46] [47] [48] [49] [50] [51] February 5 the organizers of the Hockey City Classic organized the Unite on the Ice event benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The event was centered upon a celebrity hockey game with former NHL and AHL players, as well as a public free skate at Soldier Field. Participants in the celebrity game included Éric Dazé, Jamal Mayers and Gino Cavallini. Denis Savard was in attendance, serving as an 'honorary coach' during the game. [52] February 15, 2015 Soldier Field hosted another Chicago Gay Hockey Association intra-league match in association with the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field. [41]

DateAway TeamResultHome TeamSpectators
February 7, 2013 St. Rita High School 0-3 Fenwick High School unknown
February 17, 2013 Miami (OH) 1-2 Notre Dame 52,051
Minnesota 2-3 Wisconsin 52,051
March 1, 2014 Pittsburgh Penguins 1-5 Chicago Blackhawks 62,921
February 7, 2015 Miami (OH)4-3 Western Michigan 22,751
Michigan State 1-4 Michigan 22,751

Soccer

1994 FIFA World Cup

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Soldier Field before a soccer match
DateTime (CDT)Team #1ResultTeam #2RoundSpectators
June 17, 199414:00Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1–0Flag of Bolivia (state).svg  Bolivia Group C/Opening Match 63,117
June 21, 199415:00Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1–1Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Group C 63,113
June 26, 199411:30Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 0–4Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria Group D 63,160
June 27, 199415:00Flag of Bolivia (state).svg  Bolivia 1–3Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Group C 63,089
July 2, 199411:00Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 3–2Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Round of 16 60,246

1999 FIFA Women's World Cup

DateTime (CDT)Team #1ResultTeam #2RoundSpectators
June 24, 199917.00Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 2–0Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Group B65,080
19.00Flag of the United States.svg  United States 7–1Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria Group A65,080
June 26, 199916.00Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 0–2Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Group D34,256
18.30Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 4-0Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Group C34,256

CONCACAF Gold Cups

2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup

DateTeam #1ResultTeam #2RoundSpectators
21 June 2007Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 1–2Flag of the United States.svg  United States Semifinals50,760
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 1–0Flag of Guadeloupe (local).svg  Guadeloupe
24 June 2007Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2–1Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Final60,000

2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup

DateTeam #1ResultTeam #2RoundSpectators
23 July 2009Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras 1–2Flag of the United States.svg  United States Semifinals55,173
Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 1–1 (3-5 pen)Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico

2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup

DateTeam #1ResultTeam #2RoundSpectators
12 June 2011Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador 6–1Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba Group A62,000
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 4–1Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica

2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup

DateTeam #1ResultTeam #2RoundSpectators
28 July 2013Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1–0Flag of Panama.svg  Panama Final57,920

2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

DateTeam #1ResultTeam #2RoundSpectators
July 9, 2015Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago 3–1Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala Group C54,126
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 6–0Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba

Copa América Centenario

DateTime (CDT)Team #1ResultTeam #2RoundSpectators
June 5, 201616:00Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 0–1Flag of Venezuela (state).svg  Venezuela Group C 25,560
June 7, 201619:00Flag of the United States.svg  United States 4–0Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica Group A 39,642
June 10, 201620:30Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 5–0Flag of Panama.svg  Panama Group D 53,885
June 22, 201619:00Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 0–2Flag of Chile.svg  Chile Semi-finals 55,423

2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup

DateTime (CDT)Team #1ResultTeam #2RoundSpectators
July 7, 201920:15Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 1–0Flag of the United States.svg  United States Final 62,493

Single events

Special Olympics

The first Special Olympics games were held at Soldier Field on July 20, 1968. The games involved more than 1,000 people with intellectual disabilities from 26 U.S. states and Canada competing in track and field and swimming. In 1970, the second international games occurred, when Special Olympics returned to Soldier Field. [54] [55]

Rugby union

The stadium hosted its first international rugby union test match between the United States Eagles and New Zealand All Blacks on November 1, 2014 as part of the 2014 end-of-year rugby union tests. [56] More than half of the 61,500 tickets were sold within two days. [57] The All Blacks beat the Eagles 74–6. [58] The stadium hosted its second international rugby union match on September 5, 2015 with the United States hosting Australia as part of the 2015 Rugby World Cup warm-up matches shortly before both teams were due to travel to England for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. [59] The Eagles were defeated 47–10. Ireland beat New Zealand 40-29 on November 5, 2016 at Soldier Field, as part of the 2016 end-of-year rugby union internationals – the very first time Ireland had beaten the All Blacks in a Test match in 111 years of play. [60]

DateWinnerScoreOpponentAttendance
November 1, 2014 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg74–6Flag of the United States.svg  United States 61,500
September 5, 2015 Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg47–10Flag of the United States.svg  United States 23,212
November 5, 2016 Ireland  IRFU flag.svg40–29Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 60,000
November 3, 2018 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg67–6Flag of the United States.svg  United States 35,051
November 3, 2018 Ireland  IRFU flag.svg54–7Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 35,051
November 3, 2018 Māori All Blacks  Flag of New Zealand.svg59–22Flag of the United States.svg  United States 35,051

Concerts

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Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead in 2015
DateArtistOpening act(s)Tour / concert nameAttendance / CapacityRevenueNotes
August 21, 1937 Lily Pons
Rudy Vallee
Jascha Heifetz
Bobby Breen
N/A8th Annual Chicagoland Music FestivalN/AN/A
August 15, 1964 Johnny Cash
June Carter
N/AChicagoland Music FestivalN/AN/A
August 9, 1966 Barbra Streisand N/AAn Evening with Barbra Streisand TourN/AN/A
July 18, 1970
Performers
N/AWCFL's Big Ten Summer Music FestivalN/AN/A
June 4, 1977 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Foghat
The J. Geils Band
Climax Blues Band
ELP WorksN/AN/A
June 19, 1977 Pink Floyd N/A In the Flesh Tour 95,000N/A
July 9, 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd Point Blank 77,197N/A
July 10, 1977 Ted Nugent Lynyrd Skynyrd
REO Speedwagon
Journey
.38 Special
Super Bowl of Rock #3N/AN/A
August 13, 1977 Peter Frampton Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Rick Derringer
UFO
N/AN/A
July 8, 1978 The Rolling Stones Journey
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
Peter Tosh
The Rolling Stones US Tour 1978 N/AN/A
August 26, 1978 Parliament-Funkadelic The Bar-Kays
Con Funk Shun
A Taste of Honey
Funk FestN/AN/A
July 19, 1980 Smokey Robinson The O'Jays N/AN/A
August 10–18, 1983N/A ChicagoFest N/AN/A
August 9, 1985 Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band N/A Born in the U.S.A. Tour 71,222 / 71,222$1,228,500
July 31, 1987 Madonna Level 42 Who's That Girl World Tour 47,407 / 47,407$1,066,658
July 29, 1990 Paul McCartney N/A The Paul McCartney World Tour 55,630 / 55,630$1,807,975
June 22, 1990 Grateful Dead N/AN/AN/A
June 25, 1992 Steve Miller Band
June 26, 1992
June 18, 1993 Sting
June 19, 1993
July 12, 1994Pink FloydN/A The Division Bell Tour 51,981 / 51,981$2,056,105
July 23, 1994Grateful Dead Traffic N/AN/A
July 24, 1994
September 11, 1994The Rolling Stones Lenny Kravitz Voodoo Lounge Tour 90,303 / 90,303$4,194,320
September 12, 1994
July 8, 1995Grateful Dead The Band N/AN/AThe 1995 Grateful Dead concerts were the band's last, as guitarist and vocalist Jerry Garcia died a month later. [61]
July 9, 1995
July 11, 1995 Pearl Jam Bad Religion
Otis Rush
Vitalogy Tour N/AN/A
September 14, 1996 Little Feat Taj Mahal N/AN/A
June 27, 1997 U2 Fun Lovin' Criminals PopMart Tour 116,912 / 127,500$5,956,587
June 28, 1997
June 29, 1997
July 18, 1997N/A Vans Warped Tour N/AN/A
September 23, 1997The Rolling Stones Blues Traveler Bridges to Babylon Tour 107,186 / 107,186$6,260,000
September 25, 1997
May 10, 1998 George Strait N/ACountry Music Festival TourN/AN/A
April 25, 1999
May 13, 2000 Wilco N/AN/AN/A
June 29, 2000 Dave Matthews Band Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Ozomatli
The Summer 2000 Tour115,006 / 115,006$5,175,270
June 30, 2000
June 16, 2001 NSYNC BBMak
3LW
Dream
PopOdyssey 85,650 / 103,903$4,739,359
June 17, 2001
July 6, 2001 Dave Matthews Band Buddy Guy
Angélique Kidjo
The Summer 2001 Tour103,675 / 103,675$4,834,864
July 7, 2001
September 10, 2005The Rolling Stones Los Lonely Boys A Bigger Bang 55,046 / 55,046$7,231,427
July 21, 2006 Bon Jovi Nickelback Have a Nice Day Tour 52,612 / 52,612$3,988,455
October 11, 2006The Rolling Stones Elvis Costello & The ImpostersA Bigger Bang33,296 / 33,296$4,020,721
June 21, 2008 Kenny Chesney Keith Urban
LeAnn Rimes
Luke Bryan
Gary Allan
The Poets and Pirates Tour46,463 / 48,585$4,063,663
October 11–12, 2008N/AChicago Country Music FestivalN/AN/A
June 13, 2009 Kenny Chesney Lady Antebellum
Miranda Lambert
Montgomery Gentry
Sugarland
Sun City Carnival Tour 48,763 / 50,109$3,184,606
September 12, 2009U2 Snow Patrol U2 360° Tour 135,872 / 135,872$13,860,480
September 13, 2009
June 12, 2010N/A The Bamboozle Roadshow 2010 N/AN/AEvent held at Soldier Field parking lot
June 19, 2010 Eagles Dixie Chicks
JD & The Straight Shot
Long Road Out of Eden Tour 29,233 / 32,420$3,186,493
July 7, 2010 deadmau5 Rye Rye
Brazilian Girls
N/AN/A
July 30, 2010Bon Jovi Kid Rock The Circle Tour 95,959 / 95,959$8,606,259
July 31, 2010
July 5, 2011U2 Interpol U2 360° Tour64,297 / 64,297$5,786,335
August 23, 2011 Wayne Baker Brooks Sugar Blue N/AN/A
July 7, 2012Kenny Chesney
Tim McGraw
Jake Owen
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Brothers of the Sun Tour 51,100 / 51,100$5,109,399
July 12, 2013Bon Jovi The J. Geils Band Because We Can 45,178 / 45,178$4,690,204
July 22, 2013 Jay-Z
Justin Timberlake
DJ Cassidy Legends of the Summer 52,671 / 52,671$5,715,152
August 10, 2013 Taylor Swift Ed Sheeran
Casey James
Austin Mahone
The Red Tour 50,809 / 50,809$4,149,148
July 24, 2014 Beyoncé
Jay-Z
N/A On the Run Tour 50,035 / 50,035$5,783,396
August 29, 2014 One Direction 5 Seconds of Summer Where We Are Tour 104,617 / 104,617$9,446,247During the August 29 show, the band performed a cover of "Happy Birthday" by Mildred J. Hill dedicated to Liam, and one of "The Way You Make Me Feel" by Michael Jackson.
August 30, 2014
August 31, 2014 Luke Bryan Dierks Bentley
Lee Brice
Cole Swindell
DJ Rock
That's My Kind of Night Tour 50,529 / 50,529$3,754,362
June 6, 2015Kenny Chesney
Miranda Lambert
Brantley Gilbert
Chase Rice
Old Dominion
The Big Revival Tour 43,630 / 48,278$3,776,207Chesney was the main headliner, Lambert joined as the co-headliner only for the Chicago show
July 3, 2015Grateful DeadN/A Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead 210,283 / 210,283$30,683,27450th Anniversary concerts [62]
July 4, 2015
July 5, 2015
July 18, 2015Taylor Swift Vance Joy
Shawn Mendes
HAIM
The 1989 World Tour 110,109 / 110,109$11,469,887 Andy Grammer and Serayah were special guests on the July 18 show
July 19, 2015 Sam Hunt and Andreja Pejić & Lily Donaldson were special guests on the July 19 show
August 23, 2015One Direction Icona Pop On the Road Again Tour 41,527 / 41,527$3,382,655
May 27, 2016Beyoncé Rae Sremmurd The Formation World Tour 89,270 / 89,270$11,279,890
May 28, 2016 DJ Scratch
July 1, 2016 Guns N' Roses Alice in Chains Not in This Lifetime... Tour 82,172 / 96,088$8,843,684
July 3, 2016
July 23, 2016 Coldplay Alessia Cara
Foxes
A Head Full of Dreams Tour 95,323 / 95,323$10,215,572The July 23 show was cut short due to inclement weather. [63]
July 24, 2016
June 3, 2017U2 The Lumineers The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 105,078 / 105,078$13,435,925
June 4, 2017
June 18, 2017 Metallica Avenged Sevenfold
Local H
Mix Master Mike
WorldWired Tour 51,041 / 51,041$6,093,976
August 17, 2017Coldplay AlunaGeorge
Izzy Bizu
A Head Full of Dreams Tour52,726 / 52,726$6,026,402
June 1, 2018Taylor Swift Camila Cabello
Charli XCX
Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour 105,208 / 105,208$14,576,697
June 2, 2018
July 28, 2018Kenny Chesney Thomas Rhett
Old Dominion
Brandon Lay
Trip Around The Sun Tour52,189 / 52,189$5,751,195
August 10, 2018Beyoncé
Jay-Z
Chloe X Halle and DJ Khaled On the Run II Tour 86,602 / 86,602$12,303,099During the second show, “Summer” was added to the setlist. “Apeshit” was also performed for the first time in its entirety with choreography and background dancers.
August 11, 2018
October 4, 2018 Ed Sheeran Snow Patrol
Lauv
÷ Tour 47,263 / 47,263$4,339,350
May 11, 2019 BTS N/A Love Yourself World Tour 88,156 / 88,156$13,345,795 [64]
May 12, 2019
June 21, 2019 The Rolling Stones St. Paul and the Broken Bones No Filter Tour 98,228 / 98,228$21,741,564
June 25, 2019 Whiskey Myers


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President Franklin D. Roosevelt at Soldier Field
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Gen. Douglas MacArthur at Soldier Field
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Opening ceremonies of the 2006 Gay Games
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President Barack Obama throws a football at Soldier Field after the 2012 NATO summit.

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