Any new Bears stadium should be designed for emergency use in times of crisis

When Hurricane Katrina hammered New Orleans in 2005, the Superdome was found to be totally inadequate to house the thousands of people who sought shelter there.

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Thousands flock to Soldier Field before the Chicago Bears take on the Detroit Lions on Oct. 3.

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On Monday, the Sun-Times editorial board suggested that the city possibly could keep the Chicago Bears in town by offering vacant land for a new stadium. While we’re talking about that, here’s something else to consider: Any new stadium should be domed and capable of use during a crisis due, whether due to climate change or a future pandemic.

This should go for any new stadium or large convention center across the country. They should all include medical personnel stations, electrical generators and extra toilet facilities to meet the needs of people victimized by hurricanes, tornados or contagions.

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When Hurricane Katrina hammered New Orleans in 2005, the Superdome was found to be totally inadequate to the needs of the thousands of people who sought shelter there.

Larry Vigon, Jefferson Park

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Why not jack yourself a new ride?

Terry Takash, Western Springs

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Jack Sokol, Lemont

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