Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in the very preliminary stages of looking at a 5,000-seat expansion of Soldier Field.
The mayor's office and Chicago Park District, which runs the stadium on behalf of the city, are exploring the possibility as Chicago mulls a Super Bowl bid.While many people have complained that the architectural integrity of Soldier Field (aka spaceship) was compromised during the renovation in the early 2000's, it is a pretty intimate football stadium compared to others around the country (if a football stadium can be intimate).
On the flip side, it does seem strange that the 2nd biggest NFL market has the smallest stadium in the league.
5,000 seats seems silly unless it's an easy and cheap renovation. If you're going to do this, why don't you bump it up to 70,000 to 80,000 range.
We will see what happens. Sounds like we're in the early stages of this.