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Manica Unveils Glass-Fronted Stadium Design for Chicago Bears


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Vince Carbonneau
April 30, 2024  (12:14)
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Potential new Bears stadium
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Manica Architecture and the Chicago Bears have announced plans for a new football stadium along Lake Michigan in Chicago, sparking debate among preservationists. Designed as a multipurpose recreational hub, the stadium will feature a translucent roof and aims to replace Soldier Field as the Bears' home. Manica's design includes ample public green spaces, a variety of community events, and aims to enhance the vitality of downtown Chicago by connecting to nearby museums and cultural sites.

The envisioned stadium showcases a modern design with a glass dome and a multi-story glass wall that frames a view of the Chicago skyline. This design echoes Manica's previous projects, like the Las Vegas Raiders' Allegiant Stadium and the forthcoming Nissan Stadium for the Tennessee Titans. The project is expected to be one of Illinois' largest construction ventures, enhancing public access and offering year-round attractions for both residents and tourists.
Despite the ambitious vision, the project faces opposition due to its potential impact on Soldier Field, a historic site, and concerns over the use of public funds. The estimated $4.2 billion project will see significant contributions from the Bears and possibly the NFL and Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, but the state may need to supply around $1.5 billion, a point of contention for Governor JB Pritzker.
Preservation group Friends of the Parks has criticized the choice of location and the proposed changes to Soldier Field, emphasizing the city's historical connection to its lakefront. Manica Architecture argues that the project will preserve key aspects of Soldier Field's heritage while boosting local tourism and economic activity. The groundbreaking is tentatively set for the summer of 2025, with the stadium expected to open in 2028.
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