Chicago mayor admonishes Bears over suburban racecourse bid, reminds team of Soldier Field lease

Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot advised Bears management Thursday after they stated they were checking out purchasing an arena website beyond the city, sustaining speculation about moving the group to the suburban areas.

Previously Thursday, the Bears revealed they were putting in a quote to acquire the Arlington International Racecourse. Arlington Heights is a residential area of Chicago, situated 30 miles from Soldier Field, where the Bears have actually played because 1971.

“We recently submitted a bid to purchase the Arlington International Racecourse property,” president and CEO Ted Phillips said in a statement. “It’s our obligation to explore every possible option to ensure we’re doing what’s best for our organization and its future. If selected, this step allows us to further evaluate the property and its potential.”

Soldier Field in Chicago.

Soldier Field in Chicago.

Lightfoot was not too happy and sent out her own statement, reminding the Bears they are locked into a lease until 2033.

She said the Bears had tried similar tactics in order to get a new stadium and that she was “devoted to keeping the name ‘Chicago’ in our football group.”

“Like the majority of Bears fans, we desire the company to concentrate on putting a winning group on the field, beating the Packers lastly and mattering past October. Whatever else is simply sound,” Lightfoot said.

Soldier Field opened in 1924 and has gone through several renovations. The stadium is the NFL’s smallest in terms of capacity, seating just 61,500 for football.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Chicago mayor admonishes Bears over suburban racecourse bid

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.