Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley Wants New Stadium, New NFL Team In City

CHICAGO IL - JANUARY 23: The exterior of Soldier Field before the NFC Championship Game between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on January 23 2011 in Chicago Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Could the city of Chicago support a second NFL team? Former mayor Richard M. Daley thinks so.

In an interview with CSN on Wednesday, former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley said that he thinks the city could support another NFL team and that another stadium with a retractable roof could be built in order to entice major sporting events to come to the Windy City.

"I really believe we could get a second football team," the former mayor said. "I've always believed - the Chicago Cardinals, Bears - why is it that New York has two? Florida has three, San Francisco has two. Now you think of that, we could easily take - Chicago loves sports and we could get a second team in here. You could build a new stadium, you could have huge international soccer teams come in, you could do the Final Four, you could do anything you wanted with a brand new stadium."

(via CBS Chicago)

Daley noted that the theoretical new stadium could be privately funded with minimal help from the government, but of course, these aren't serious plans. Maybe the biggest obstacle standing in the way of Chicago one day getting a second NFL team is that Los Angeles is still without one.

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