Could Chicago's Soldier Field be saved by wrapping it in a "transparent" dome?
Fans of the stadium, which opened in 1924, are hoping a big upgrade at the facility will keep the NFL's Chicago Bears at the downtown site. The Bears are on the verge of buying the closed Arlington International Racecourse in suburban Arlington Heights, Ill., where it would build a new stadium and entertainment district, writes Justin Laurence of our sister paper Crain's Chicago Business.
Instead, developer Bob Dunn and his Landmark Development want to add an entertainment district adjacent to Soldier Field and encase the facility with a transparent roof and walls that would allow the stadium to be used year-round. Developers would also add more general seating and private suites.
A 6-minute video doesn't get specific about what would go into the surrounding, but it's a pretty good bet that acrylic or polycarbonate would play a part in it.