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Friday, December 30, 2005
Mayor: Second City would welcome second NFL team

Associated Press

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 Olympics bid.

The renovated Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, seats just 61,500.

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 tenant.

"This is a great city, a great sports town," Daley said. "If it can handle two baseball teams, it can easily handle two football teams."

Daley said he hasn't approached the NFL about a second franchise.

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.