Kevin Warren hints at an upcoming stadium update within the next couple of months.

Vince Carbonneau
January 6, 2024  (4:23 PM)

Since the Bears announced their exploration of alternative stadium options beyond Arlington Heights, there has been a relative quiet on the stadium front. However, that silence is not expected to persist for much longer. Following a press conference where the team donated $1 million to Lurie's Children's Hospital, Kevin Warren addressed the media, indicating that significant progress regarding the Bears' new stadium is on the horizon.

"We anticipate providing answers to that in the next few months," Warren stated when questioned about the timeline for finalizing the stadium's location. He also mentioned his initial hope to have a decision within the first year, a goal that appears to be on track. Warren expressed satisfaction with the progress made so far and his excitement for the upcoming game, underscoring his commitment to advancing the stadium project.
Warren's comments align with what he previously mentioned on a podcast with NBC Sports' Peter King during the summer, where he aimed to reach a decision on the stadium location within "the next 12 months."
During the same interview, Warren emphasized that they are keeping all options open when it comes to the stadium's location. Since the Bears shifted away from their initial dedication to Arlington Heights, several municipalities have expressed eagerness to welcome the team.
Naperville Mayor Scott Wehrli extended an invitation to the Bears, offering Naperville as a potential new home. He emphasized the city's accessibility via major interstates and Metra, along with available properties that may meet the team's criteria.
Additionally, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson and Warren held separate meetings, with a joint statement emphasizing their shared commitment to the city and the need for equitable community investment.
Following Naperville's interest, Waukegan Mayor Ann B. Taylor sent a letter to the Bears, inviting them to discuss opportunities in her suburb. Taylor highlighted the market potential of a year-round facility along the shores of Lake Michigan, capable of hosting major events like the Super Bowl and Final Four.
Aurora is the latest municipality to vie for the Bears' attention, envisioning the team's presence as part of their bold city vision.
In early December, a report from 670 The Score revealed that the Bears had begun surveying Soldier Field's South Lot as a potential new stadium site, using the same surveying company employed for Arlington Heights. The exact plans for the South Lot remain unclear at this point.
In summary, an update on the Bears' stadium situation is expected soon. The team is likely focused on solidifying the stadium's location, and progress continues to be made in this endeavor. Kevin Warren, deeply invested in the project, is enthusiastic about the opportunity to contribute to the Chicago area's future.
Kevin Warren hints at an upcoming stadium update within the next couple of months.

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