About Chicago Bears
History of the Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears are one of only two franchises remaining in the NFL that were part of the league when it was originally founded in 1920. The Bears remain one of the most recognizable franchises in sports with one of the most passionate fanbases. The franchise came from very humble beginnings, when they were founded in 1919 as a team for the A.E. Staley food starch company in Decatur, Illinois. It was just two years later that the team moved to their current home of Chicago under the guidance of the legendary George Halas. The Bears have seen plenty of success over their history, winning eight NFL championships and one Super Bowl title. The Super Bowl winning Bears team in 1985 is still regarded as one of the most dominant teams in NFL history, with Hall-of-Fame players Walter Payton and Mike Singletary leading the way. But one man that was part of the title team remains the most synonymous with the Chicago Bears: "Iron" Mike Ditka. Ditka served as both a player and a coach for the Bears during his football career, gaining notoriety for his tough demeanor and sweater vests. He finished his Bears coaching career with a record of 106-62 and two NFL Coach of the Year Awards.
The Chicago Bears play at Soldier Field which was first opened on October 9, 1924 as Municipal Grant Park Stadium. The name was changed to Soldier Field in 1925 to hone American soldiers who had died in combat. The stadium underwent major renovations in 2002 and can now hold up to 61,500 spectators. The stadium also hosts concerts for major performers including Beyoncé, Coldplay, U2, Pink Floyd, and Johnny Cash.
Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers Rivalry
One of the most played matchups in the history of the NFL is the Chicago Bears versus the Green Bay Packers. These two teams have met a total of 196 times. Green Bay currently leads 96-94-6. The series is very close so that could change soon! The rivalry goes back almost 100 years when the owner of the Bears revealed illegal practices the Packers were participating in. Head coach and owner of the Packers, Curly Lambeau, was using college players for his team. The Staleys, owners of the Bears, ratted on Lambeau and the Packers’ American Professional Football Association membership was revoked. Ever since then, the Bears and Packers have experienced an intense rivalry. Because the two teams are both in the NFC North, they meet at least once every season.
2018 Chicago Bears Season
Chicago finished their most recent season with a record of 5-11. This record was not sufficient to qualify them for the postseason. But the Bears have high hopes for the 2018 season. In the 2018 NFL Draft the Bears selected linebacker Roquon Smith from the University of Georgia 8th overall. In the second round the Bears selected center James Daniels from the University of Iowa. In addition to these rookies, the Bears 2018 roster will also include running back Gale Sayers, linebacker Dick Butkus, and running back Walter Payton. The Chicago Bears’ season will kickoff on September 9th against their rival, the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Their first home game will be the following week against the Seattle Seahawks. The Bears will also have to take on their other division rivals – the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings. The Bears will enter the season with a vengeance to improve on their 5-11 record. TicketNetwork has all your access for Chicago Bears tickets. There is nothing like going to historic Soldier Field and watching the Bears play live, so make sure to grab your Chicago Bears tickets from TicketNetwork today!