Stadium Plan for Arlington Could Be In Trouble


The Chicago Bears' plans to build a stadium in Arlington Heights, Illinois on the site of the former Arlington Park has reached a “stalemate,” Bears president Kevin Warren told local residents at a public forum, according to a report from Front Office Sports.

Warren told the crowd that an ongoing tax dispute has halted stadium development efforts there, even while demolition continues on the former racetrack, the outlet reported.

At issue is a tax assessment on the racetrack land that would raise the annual property tax from $2.8 million to $16.2 million. Other towns continue to try to lure the Bears to their towns and cities, including Chicago, Naperville and Waukegan, according to Front Office Sports.

“We've had a stalemate and a lack of communication, and it's a little more convoluted at this point in time than I thought it would be,” Front Office Sports quotes Warren as saying. “If we're not communicating, which we haven't been, there's not going to be much progress made.”

Plans have called for a sports entertainment complex, including a domed stadium and other attractions.

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