For the first time, the Chicago Bears confirmed Tuesday that the stadium the team is considering building in Arlington Heights will be a dome — but the team has requested taxpayer funding for part of the project and the plan is still tentative.
The Bears’ release includes illustrations of the proposed project and the most detailed statement yet on its proposal to buy Arlington International Race Course. He said the stadium would be a best-in-class indoor stadium that would provide Chicagoland with a new home worthy of hosting international events such as the Super Bowl, College Football Playoff games and the Final Four.
The 326-acre development will also include restaurants, office space, a hotel, fitness center, new parks and open spaces.
Construction of the proposed project would create an estimated 48,000 jobs, a $9.4 billion economic impact for Chicagoland and a $1.4 billion annual economic impact, the group said. The team is not seeking taxpayer assistance to build the stadium, but is looking for public support for the rest of the project based on economic impact.
“We remain under contract to purchase the property, but there are conditions that must be met to be in a position to close,” the group said in a statement. “If we close the property, it’s not guaranteed to develop.”
The renderings released Tuesday show a map showing the stadium would be along Route 53 and Metra commuter routes. A mixed-use district will be southeast of the stadium.
Two other diagrams show a complex aerial view of the stadium, which includes several buildings.
The team has played at Soldier Field for half a century.
The Bears will hold a community meeting Thursday in Arlington Heights to discuss the plan.
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Gregory Pratt of the Chicago Tribune contributed.