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History and Traditions: Soldier Field
The Chicago Bears are one of the NFL’s original teams, an iconic franchise that has produced nine championships and some of the greatest names in the history of the game. There was Red Grange, Bronko Nagurski and Sid Luckman, Mike Ditka, Dick Butkus, Gale Sayers and Walter Payton. It’s an honor roll that might be unmatched in the NFL.
The team started play in 1920 as the Decatur Staleys and one of the founding members was George Halas, also one of the fathers of the NFL. Halas moved the team to Chicago the following season and changed the name to Bears in 1922. He would go on to run the Bears as coach and owner for the next several decades.
Wrigley Field was the team’s home until 1971, when the Bears moved into Soldier Field on Chicago’s lakefront. The stadium was built in the 1920s but underwent a massive reconstruction in 2002 that basically changed everything but the classic columns on the east and west sides. It came in for criticism when it re-opened for the 2003 season, but the project ensured the Bears would remain a symbol of the city for decades to come.