If you're reading this, Virginia McCaskey and Ted Phillips, now's a good time to stop! Seriously though it's really in your best interest to stop right here.
This week, Forbes came out with an article projecting the revenue lost if NFL games are played in front of empty stadiums this fall. Would it surprise you to learn that they're bad? According to the publication, the Bears would be in line to lose $166 million if they can't fill Soldier Field. That's a whole bunch! Who could have guessed the Bears earned so much from charging $17 for beers.
League-wide, the Bears would be the 12th worst off in terms of missed revenue from games. That doesn't sound great (partially because it's not) until you look at some of the teams above them. The Packers would lose $174 million. The Patriots would lose $315 million. Then there's the Cowboys – they'd lose $621 million without fans. Six hundred and twenty one million dollars.
Fan attendance: still important!
You're probably not going to be able to watch the Bears at Soldier Field any time soon, but next week you'll be able to watch a movie there! That's kind of the same!
That's because a program called 'Chi-Togther' "will provide Music Entertainment and Movie Screenings each night that will also include carpool-style concerts plus food and beverage options for all ages."
The event will be held in Soldier's South lot, and anyone who signs up will get a free popcorn! Honestly, it's worth it just to get out of the house and grab yourself some free kernels.
Movies being screened include Groundhog Day, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Fast and Furious (hell yeah). Also Shrek.
The Chicago Bears franchise celebrated 100 years of football last season but there are a few more notable anniversaries on the horizon.
Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Bears football at Soldier Field. And the columned stadium itself, which opened in 1924, is nearing the century mark.
While the franchise played a vast majority of their home games at Wrigley Field in its early years, a smattering of contests took place at the lakefront facility. The first of which was a 10-0 win over the Chicago Cardinals on Nov. 11, 1926.
The Bears moved away from Wrigley Field after the 1970 campaign, landing at the AstroTurfed Soldier Field the following season. The team’s first game there — as official tenants — gave the franchise a positive jolt. A late Kent Nix touchdown pass gave the Bears a 17-15 victory over coach Chuck Noll’s Pittsburgh Steelers in front of a capacity crowd. The win was one of the bright spots in an otherwise pedestrian 6-8 season.
Alas, there were better days ahead.
Let’s take a look back at the 12 greatest Bears wins at Soldier Field: