Robbie Gould supports Bears’ move from Soldier Field

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49ers kicker Robbie Gould spent 11 seasons in Chicago and played 87 games at Soldier Field, including five postseason games. He knows the field as well as anyone.

He said on ESPN 1000’s Waddle and Silvy Show on Friday that Soldier Field ranks in his top-five worst places to play in terms of field conditions in the harsh, bitter winter games.

The Bears have agreed to buy a stadium-sized piece of land in the suburb of Arlington Heights, and Gould hopes that’s where the team ends up moving.

“I do think that in the best interest of the fans, the best interest in the organization, this is what makes the most sense to be able to keep pace with the other teams that are starting to do it,” Gould told the radio show, via NBC Chicago.

Gould mentioned the economic opportunity for events the Bears could host at an indoor stadium as well as potential business growth around a new stadium.

Chicago officials proposed putting a roof on Soldier Field in an effort to persuade the Bears to stay, but the team isn’t interested.

In his time with the Bears, Gould went 159-of-187 (85 percent) on field goals at Soldier Field, including 20-of-20 in the postseason, and he missed only one PAT there.

33 responses to “Robbie Gould supports Bears’ move from Soldier Field

  1. In fact, it’s an awful action-to-be for several common sense reasons:

    – Community bonding and camaraderie (i.e., a sense of place) is enhanced when downtown/urban stadia accentuate an iconic metropolitan area’s lifestyle.

    – More mass transit in urban areas is available to ensure fewer petro vehicles are necessary to commute to FAR away suburban areas, such as Arlington Heights.

    – Tradition, tradition…..The Arlington Heights Bears?

    Headline writers start your engines:

    Bears at Height of worst season ever, remain winless at 0-17

  2. Let’s face it, the City of Chicago is in the midst of a long term implosion. It’s a place a lot of businesses would like to leave from.

  3. It was a bucket list stadium for me to visit and it is historical. But it is time for something new.

  4. “Let’s face it, the City of Chicago is in the midst of a long term implosion. It’s a place a lot of businesses would like to leave from.”

    Serious question — when is the last time you were in Chicago?

    This “the cities are dying” narrative lives entirely within the minds of people who never come within 50 miles of one.

  5. Gould is a moron. That place has unreal sightlines. They built the suites and boxes above the fans It was genius. That second deck is incredible. It’s like an English League soccer stadium.

    Why do people want to make things worse?

    This is all about distracting the fans from how bad the McCaskeys have been.

  6. One of, if not the, last remaining stadium that isn’t corporate named. Sad to see it go. I hope they don’t go indoors.

  7. “Soldier Field ranks in his top-five worst places to play in terms of field conditions in the harsh, bitter winter games.”

    He probably would hate it even more there if he ever actually had to make contact with an opposing player.

  8. InFact says:
    July 15, 2022 at 7:28 pm
    In fact, it’s an awful action-to-be for several common sense reasons:

    – Community bonding and camaraderie (i.e., a sense of place) is enhanced when downtown/urban stadia accentuate an iconic metropolitan area’s lifestyle.

    – More mass transit in urban areas is available to ensure fewer petro vehicles are necessary to commute to FAR away suburban areas, such as Arlington Heights.

    – Tradition, tradition…..The Arlington Heights Bears?

    You do realize that the cowboys don’t play in Dallas or the commanders don’t play in d.c. or that the jets and giants don’t play in ny???

  9. Greaaaat, I love it. Makes it really much easier on teams like Miami,,Tampa Bay,,LA so they don’t have to play in the cold on the road.

  10. Soldier Field is an abomination but putting a roof on a Chicago stadium is even more embarrassing.

  11. When the team was relevant, the weather was an advantage for them and if they move to Arlington Heights they can make a retractable roof but I’d leave it open almost every game, rain, snow etc. The Vikings always had the best home field advantage with weather at the old Met, never understood why they covered their new buildings. And just stop with all the Arlington Heights Bears crap, one of the previous posts already mentioned the Giants, Jets, Cowboys, etc not being in their respective namesake cities. Sad but the Soldier Field site, iconic as it is, must be a traffic nightmare. Haven’t been there in 20 years but game day even back then was terrible. Even if they leveled it and rebuilt, the site is still difficult to navigate.

  12. I grew up within walking distance of Arlington Park. Great place for a stadium. The tailgating would be fantastic.

  13. The Bears could make so much more revenue owning their own stadium.
    Parking and concession revenue. Build an entertainment venue outside the stadium that appeals to the public all year long. Naming rights.
    Condo’s, Hotels,…. the options are endless.
    How about a retractable roof ?

  14. NFL stadiums are great for local businesses, especially restaurants and bars. If the Bears move to Arlington, the current restaurants and bars near soldier field will suffer, but new ones will spring up around the new stadium.

  15. “More mass transit in urban areas is available to ensure fewer petro vehicles are necessary to commute to FAR away suburban areas, such as Arlington Heights.”

    The type of people who would write “petro vehicles” aren’t who goes to football games, buddy

  16. Robbie Gould is a kicker and a soft one at that. He should be feigning injuries on a soccer field like the rest of his ilk. He can share his football opinion when he attempts to make a tackle rather than ole the ball carrier on kick return. Be silent Clara kicker…

  17. I would prefer they stay at Soldier Field and spend whatever it takes to fix the place. That may not be realistic, though.

    Whatever they do, I hope they don’t have a roof, convertible or otherwise.

  18. I guess I’m old school. A roof over the existing stadium, or a new domed stadium would be AWFUL IMO. So many classic cold weather games across the league over the years….that’s playoff football, that’s a real home field advantage.

  19. Ah put a roof over Soldier Field. That’ll solve all the Bears’ problems. Right.

  20. Headline writers start your engines:

    Bears at Height of worst season ever, remain winless at 0-17

    ___________________

    The Bears play the Lions & Vikings twice a year, so that’s at least 4 wins.

    btw….did y0ur m0mma drop you on your grape as young child?

  21. touchback6 says:
    July 15, 2022 at 10:09 pm
    Gould is a moron. That place has unreal sightlines. They built the suites and boxes above the fans It was genius. That second deck is incredible. It’s like an English League soccer stadium.
    ___________

    We’ve been over this previously. Regardless of how good the sightlines may be, the stadium is seriously out of date. I also seriously doubt that you have ever been to Soldier Field to know anything about the sightlines, and I am certain that you have never been in an English League soccer stadium.

  22. radar773 says:
    July 16, 2022 at 11:33 am
    NFL stadiums are great for local businesses, especially restaurants and bars. If the Bears move to Arlington, the current restaurants and bars near soldier field will suffer, but new ones will spring up around the new stadium.

    Um, not sure how to break this to you, but there are no restaurants or bars “around” Soldier Field! Sure, you could walk for about a mile and find something, but it’s not like Wrigley Field where the park is surrounded by amenities.

  23. demsaredestroyingamerica says:
    July 16, 2022 at 1:37 pm
    Headline writers start your engines:

    Bears at Height of worst season ever, remain winless at 0-17

    ___________________

    The Bears play the Lions & Vikings twice a year, so that’s at least 4 wins.

    ____________________

    You forgot about another gimmie win for really any team not just the Bears. If the Bears play the Raiders they will win too, even if in Vegas. Fields lit that cr@ppy defense up last year in OCT. Carr choked as usual.

  24. Headline writers start your engines: Bears at Height of worst season ever, remain winless at 0-17

    ___________________
    The Bears play the Lions & Vikings twice a year, so that’s at least 4 wins. ____________________

    You forgot about another gimmie win for really any team not just the Bears. If the Bears play the Raiders they will win too, even if in Vegas. Fields lit that cr@ppy defense up last year in OCT. Carr choked as usual.

  25. Might not be great for a player. Soldier Field is the best stadium to watch a game in period. You can stand at the 50 yard line behind the seats and watch the game maybe 20 rows up. Concession stands, restrooms right there. Find a better place for a fan to buy a nosebleed seat and end up at the 50 yard line???

  26. demsaredestroyingamerica says:
    July 16, 2022 at 1:37 pm
    Headline writers start your engines:

    Bears at Height of worst season ever, remain winless at 0-17

    ___________________

    The Bears play the Lions & Vikings twice a year, so that’s at least 4 wins.

    btw….did y0ur m0mma drop you on your grape as young child?

    ——————

    The bears may have a chance vs Vikings if MN rests their starters week 17

  27. I’m all for the move. why stay in a drug and gun infested city with absolutely no clue how to clean up that mess. Cant wait to see the rage and language from the Mayor from hades once the deal is consumated.
    Of course they will need funding from the state and that could be a big problemo unless they just do the stadium themselves. Even the Vikings blinked when the City of Minny ponied up to the bar to keep the team in the city.

  28. Yeah, take away the one advantage you have as the weather turns. I always remember the Vikings made it to several Super Bowls (granted they lost them all) and had a great home field advantage. Since going inside – nothing. New England has certainly taken advantage of weather conditions, as have the Packers and Steelers.

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