Ditka Calls Out Bears Over Possible Arlington Park Move.

Published June 28, 2021 at 4:22 PM

"The Chicago Bears have made some pretty big headlines recently not just because of OTAs and mini-camp but also because of a possible move. The Bears organization put in a bid for the Arlington Heights racetrack which would be the possible new location for a brand new Bears' stadium. This has upset many including the mayor of Chicago and now a Bears' legend is speaking out. Former head coach and Super Bowl champ, Mike Ditka, isn't a fan of the move either. "The Chicago Bears belong in the city of Chicago," Ditka told Jim O'Donnell of The Daily Herald. "That's it. Call me an old-timer, call me a traditionalist, whatever. They're a Chicago institution and that should be the end of it."
"Just like the Bears belong in Chicago, like coach (George) Halas had it, Arlington Park should remain a racetrack," Ditka said. "It's a gem, a thing of beauty. Arlington Heights is known around the world because of that racetrack. Racetrack in Arlington Heights, Bears in Chicago. That's the end of it."
"You want to tell me that a team coming up from a warm-weather climate isn't giving away a significant advantage to try and play in cold and rain outside in a Chicago December or January?" he said.
"You can't practice for that kind of weather. You can't simulate it. You've got to be in it. Chicago Bears football weather is a great part of the team's legacy, and all of that legacy in Chicago in my life has been outdoors."What do you think of Ditka's comments?"

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