CHICAGO (SCS) — This is the iconic lakeside stadium. Now there’s pressure to make sure it’s still known as Soldier Field, even as Mayor Lori Lightfoot offers possible makeover plans to stop the Chicago Bears from building a new stadium in Arlington Heights. .
Former Gov. Pat Quinn is urging a citywide referendum to protect the name of Soldier Field, which was built as a war memorial, and to prevent the stadium’s naming rights from being sold.
Quinn’s proposed referendum would ask voters in November: “Should the people of Chicago protect the good name of Soldier Field – which is a war memorial dedicated to the memory of soldiers who fought for our American democracy – by banning the mayor, city council, Park District, or any other government entity attaching a corporate name to Soldier Field or selling Soldier Field’s naming rights in any way?”
“Soldier Field’s name should be Soldier Field forever,” Quinn said in a statement. “Chicagoans don’t want corporate names attached to their war memorials.”
His bid to protect the Soldier Field name comes a day after Lightfoot unveiled three stadium renovation proposals, including a proposal to cover the arena with a dome.
Another plan would make Soldier Field dome-ready, adding columns to both end areas, without actually building a roof.
A third option would make Soldier Field better suited for football and other events like concerts, should the Bears decide to build a new stadium in the suburbs.