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10 Fun Facts About Soldier Field

September 9, 2013 | Posted in Sports

We hope you’re as excited as we are that football season has finally begun!  It’s always great to see Da Bears play at home for the season opener, because we absolutely love Soldier Field! To celebrate the Bears’ victory here are 10 fun facts about Soldier Field:

  1. Soldier Field is the oldest standing NFL stadium in the country; it opened in 1924 with a capacity of 45,000.
  2. Perhaps because it is the oldest stadium, Soldier Field has the second smallest stadium in the NFL, with a capacity of 61,500 (after the 2003 renovation, of course).
  3. The Chicago Park District has owned Soldier Field since its construction, and even though the Bears have called it home since 1971, Soldier Field remains park district property.
  4. It was originally named Municipal Grant Park Stadium, but the name was changed to Soldier Field in 1925 to honor the veterans of World War I.
  5. Soldier Field was officially dedicated on November 27th, 1926 for the Army v. Navy national championship game in front of a crowd of 110,000 people—the game ended in a 21-21 tie (Navy got the trophy because they were undefeated).
  6. From 1934-1976, Soldier Field hosted the annual College All-Star Game, a preseason exhibition game between the NFL champion team from the previous season and a team of star college seniors.
  7. The first-ever Special Olympics Summer Games were held in Soldier Field in 1968.
  8. The opening ceremony of the 1994 World Cup was held at Soldier Field, and was the first time the United States hosted the World Cup. Oprah Winfrey emceed the ceremony, and fell off the stage while introducing Dianna Ross.
  9. Soccer fans will know this as well, but Soldier Field hosted the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final in 2007 and 2013; the US Men’s National Soccer Team won the cup both years.
  10. In the winter of 1958, after the creation of manmade snow, Soldier Field was the home to a miniature ski resort, complete with two ski jumps and a toboggan slide that spread down over the seats in the stadium.

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