Watching the Chicago Bears take the field is one of the oldest traditions in NFL history. Bears tickets first went on sale in 1920; only the Green Bay Packers fans can claim a longer team legacy. At the time, the Bears were known as “the Staleys,” a name more pleasing to their sponsor, the Staley Starch Company, than the average fan in the stands. The team called Decatur, Illinois, home.
The Staleys promptly joined the NFL when it was formed that same year, but it was not until 1921 that the team would move to Chicago under the leadership of George Halas, a man who would remain both an owner and a tireless advocate for the organization until his death in 1983. With the move to a new city came a new name for the team. In 1922, the organization once simply called the Staleys became officially known as the Chicago Bears.
Today, fans with tickets look for hotels near Chicago Bears football games or they must travel downtown to gather with other true believers at Soldier Field, but for many years, their destination was actually Wrigley Field. The Bears shared the legendary stadium with the Chicago Cubs, and visiting Wrigley Field was almost a rite of passage for Chicago sports lovers. The Bears changed venues in 1970, a full 18 years before Wrigley Field famously hosted its first night game in August of 1988.
Great players and great plays have been a proud part of Chicago’s gridiron legacy throughout the team’s history. Talents like Red Grange and Ed Healey were already amazing fans throughout the 1920s, but the Bears’ brand of careful talent recruitment truly paid off when the Bears secured their first league championship in 1932. Eight other championships followed, including an incredible four-year run in the 1940s. In 1985, the team secured a victory in Super Bowl XX, decisively defeating the New England Patriots 46-10.
Over the years, any fan lucky enough to have Chicago Bears season tickets would have had the opportunity to witness some of the NFL’s best players perform at their finest. In Canton, Ohio, less than 400 miles away from the Windy City, many of those names are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In fact, the Bears boast more Hall of Famers than any other NFL franchise. Visitors will find George Halas there – not just because of his role in founding the team, but also because of his work as both tight end and defensive end – as well as Mike Ditka, Walter Payton, Mike Singletary, and 26 other notables.
As Chicago looks to the future, the organization remains dedicated to maintaining the tradition of excellence that has been synonymous with the Bears for so many years. Fans currently holding Bears tickets have just as much excitement to look forward to as that first generation of fans who watched the team first take the field in 1920.