The Chicago Bears are one of the most beloved teams in the NFL and their fans span the entire country. The team has been based in Chicago since they were founded in 1920, but there have been rumors that they may be moving to Arlington Heights, a suburb of Chicago. This article will explore what a move to Arlington Heights would mean for the team and their fans. It will look at how it would affect the fan base, ticket prices, travel costs, and more.
Impact on Fan Base
A move to Arlington Heights would drastically change the fan base for the Bears. Currently, many of their most loyal fans live within a reasonable distance from Soldier Field in downtown Chicago and can attend games without having to travel too far. However, if they were to move to Arlington Heights, those same fans would have to travel further and incur additional costs such as parking fees or transportation expenses. Additionally, some long-time Bears fans may not be willing or able to make that extra trip each game day.
The move could also bring in new fans who live close enough to Arlington Heights that attending games is more feasible than it was when they were based out of Soldier Field. This could potentially result in an increase in ticket sales as well as merchandise sales due to increased exposure from these new fans. Furthermore, this could create a more diverse fan base with people from all ages and backgrounds coming together to cheer on their beloved Bears.
Impact on Ticket Prices
One of the biggest impacts a move from Soldier Field to Arlington Heights would have is an increase in ticket prices due to higher overhead costs associated with running a stadium outside of downtown Chicago. Additionally, since there are fewer seats available at an outdoor stadium like Arlington Heights compared with Soldier Field, ticket prices may go up even further due to increased demand among fans who want a seat at each game but cannot get one due to limited availability. Finally, depending on how much revenue the team earns through sponsorships or other deals associated with moving stadiums, these revenues could be used towards reducing ticket prices for some games which could help offset some of these higher costs for loyal fans who choose not to move closer so they can still attend games without breaking the bank.
Impact on Travel Costs
For many Bears’ faithfuls living outside of Chicago proper or its suburbs, traveling expenses have always been part of being a die-hard fan – flying into O’Hare Airport for away games or driving down I-90 for home games at Soldier Field has been part of the experience for many years now. However if they were relocated further away from downtown – say all the way out into Arlington Heights – travel expenses would likely increase significantly for those same devoted followers who choose not relocate closer just so they can still cheer on their team without breaking either their wallets or hearts!
The potential move by the Bears from Soldier Field out into suburban Arlington Heights is one that should not be taken lightly by any means – it has potential implications both positive and negative alike depending on how it is handled by both parties involved (the city/county government & organization). On one hand it could bring in additional money through higher ticket prices & sponsorship deals while also bringing together new & old Bear’s faithfuls alike; however this comes at a cost increased travel expenses & possibly fewer people able (or willing) make those trips every week during football season! In summary no matter what happens with this potential relocation decision by organization/city/county government all we can do is wait & see what comes out of it but rest assured no matter what happens Bear’s faithful will remain true through thick & thin!