Friday, December 30, 2005
Mayor: Second City would welcome second NFL team
CHICAGO -- Mayor Richard Daley believes getting a second NFL franchise could enhance the city's chances of a successful bid for the 2016 Olympics.
Daley says bringing another football team to Chicago would make
it more feasible to build a domed stadium with a capacity of at
least 80,000. That would be a major component of the city's
The renovated Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, seats
The mayor said Thursday that a new stadium would have to be used
after the Olympics and that a second NFL team would be a desirable
"This is a great city, a great sports town," Daley said. "If
it can handle two baseball teams, it can easily handle two football
Daley said he hasn't approached the NFL about a second
The IOC chooses the 2016 Olympic City in 2009. Daley plans to
appoint a committee soon to determine what facilities and finances
are needed to make Chicago a serious bidder.