The preliminary proposal would add 5,000 seats. The stadium that’s home to the Chicago Bears has a capacity of 61,500 people for football games and 63,500 for other events.
Emanuel tells the Chicago Sun-Times the seating means the facility hurts efforts to attract high-profile events.
In May 2012, Emanuel touted a recent NATO summit as an example of the city’s ability to host a big event and said Chicago would be “perfect” for a Super Bowl. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who was with Emanuel at Soldier Field at the time, acknowledged that capacity “is always an issue.”
A Bears spokesman says “if it makes sense to add seats, we’d certainly be open to the idea.”