Marc Ganis, the president of consulting firm SportsCorp Ltd., said Chicago should have hosted multiple Super Bowls by now with a domed stadium, if the project hadn’t gotten lost in the mire of politics.
The project was referred to locally as the “McDome” in reference to its proximity to McCormick Place, the sprawling convention center.
“Had Chicago and Illinois built the McDome (in 1996), the original domed stadium planned for next to McCormick Place, I suspect we would have had at least two Super Bowls already,” Ganis told Fred Mitchell (not that one) of the Chicago Tribune.
“It was extremely short-sighted; it was extremely narrow focus. … It would have cost (less than what it eventually) cost simply to upgrade Soldier Field. It would have been a terrific financial and tourism boost for the city.”
Instead, Solider Field was renovated to a league-low 61,500 seats. That lack of inventory probably has more to do with Chicago not getting a Super Bowl than the obvious weather concerns, even though local officials have expressed interest.