April 15, 2016

2461 UNITED STATES (Illinois) - Soldier Field in Chicago

Soldier Field is an American football stadium on the Near South Side of Chicago, opened in 1924 as Municipal Grant Park Stadium, and renamed in 1925, as a memorial to U.S. soldiers who had died in combat. Its is best known as the home field of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL), who began play there in 1971. Beginning in 2016 it will be the second-oldest stadium in the league when the Los Angeles Rams begin playing temporarily at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which opened a year earlier.

The stadium's interior was mostly demolished and rebuilt as part of a major renovation project in 2002, while the exterior was preserved. This is an example of facadism. Soldier Field has served as the home venue for a number of other sports teams in its history, including the Chicago Cardinals of the NFL, Notre Dame football, and the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer, as well as games from the 1994 FIFA World Cup, the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, and multiple CONCACAF Gold Cup championships.

About the stamps
The first stamp is part of the series A Flag for All Seasons, about which I wrote here. The second stamp is part of the series Wedding, about which I wrote here. The last stamp is part of the definitives series American Design, about which I wrote here

Soldier Field - Wikipedia

Sender: Denise
Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 17.01.2014 
Photo: Terry Shoulders

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