It was revealed today that the mayor of Chicago and the city's NFL team, the Chicago Bears, are seriously looking into expanding Soldier Field as the city seeks to host a Super Bowl in the near future.
Speaking to the Chicago Tribune, Rahm Emanuel's spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton confirmed the early stages of discussion:
"It's an exploration to see what, if anything, is possible," she said.
The belief is that Soldier Field, which has been home to the Bears since 1971, would be increased in capacity by around 5,000 in an attempt to ease concerns ahead of a Super Bowl host bid.
Just last month Emanuel explained that the city was considering bidding for the big event as early as 2019. But with Chicago boasting the league's smallest stadium in terms of capacity this has always been a stumbling block.
The NFL has previously stated that 70,000 is the preferred minimum capacity for any Super Bowl stadium.
While the actual physical act of adding further seats to the stadium may be some way off it seems that the city is certainly serious about bringing the games biggest spectacle to the Windy City.