There’s been a lot of speculation over the past few months that the Chicago Bears are thinking about moving out of Soldier Field and after not commenting on the situation for weeks, the team finally confirmed that a move could be on the table.
Bears president Ted Phillips said that the team has made a bid to purchase a chunk of land in Arlington Heights, which sits roughly 35 miles outside of Chicago.
“We recently submitted a bid to purchase the Arlington International Racecourse property,” Phillips said in a statement. “It’s our obligation to explore every possible option to ensure we’re doing what’s best for our organization and its future. If selected, this step allows us to further evaluate the property and its potential.”
The 326-acre piece of land is currently occupied by the Arlington Park race track, but it’s not going to be there for long. The owner of the track, Churchill Downs Inc., is selling all of the land with the expectation that the new buyer is going to tear down the track and re-develop the site.