Funding approved for new Soldier Field video screens
The financing for new, larger video screens inside Soldier Field has been approved by the Chicago Park District, according to The Chicago Tribune.
Under the new deal, the two video screens that currently sit inside the stadium -- which were installed during the venue's 2003 renovation -- will be replaced in time for the beginning of next season with larger high-definition boards, the report says. The board approved $7 million of funding for the project.
Park District CEO Mike Kelly told The Chicago Tribune that the screens won't be as large as the video boards in some other NFL stadiums, but that they will be a significant upgrade from the facility's current screens.
"It's not Cleveland, Jacksonville or Dallas but it's a significant improvement from what's there now," said Park District CEO Mike Kelly, naming cities with stadiums that feature gigantic video screens.
The Bears released a statement praising the new stadium upgrades.
"We are working with the Chicago Park District and SMG (the management company) to bring new video boards and ribbon panels to Soldier Field for 2015. Improving our fans' game day experience remains a priority and bringing larger, high definition video boards will add to the in-stadium environment," according to a statement from the Bears.
- Jack Jorgensen