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Bears’ Ted Phillips talks upgrades

Ted Phillips. (Courtesy Chicago Bears) The Chicago Bears kick off their 100th season in the NFL tonight at Soldier Field against their archrivals, the Green Bay Packers. Ted Phillips has been with the Bears for 36 of those seasons and he’s been their president and CEO  for 20 years. Phillips spoke with VenuesNow about upgrades to the stadium that the Bears have called home since 1971 and other potential developments. What’s new at Soldier Field this season? The two main things we’re unveiling are mobile ticketing 100 percent and two sculptures outside of Gate O at Soldier Field, one of (Bears founder) George S. Halas and one of (Hall of Fame running back) Walter Payton, and we’re really excited about that. The Payton family is very honored that we want to do that, and it will be a great photo opportunity for the fans as they come into the stadium. […]

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Community Assets

The 111-year-old Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House reopened last year after a $56 million renovation. (Courtesy Live Nation) Revitalized theaters provide a boost to their neighborhoods, cities The romanticism of walking into an ornately decorated historic theater has drawn communities to save the old structures, and cities across the nation are now watching new development around theaters grow and neighborhoods flourish. An outsized example of economic growth around a revamped historic theater is The Met Philly, a 110,000-square-foot structure that was saved from despair with a $56 million restoration.  The once blighted building is now called the crown jewel of Philadelphia’s North Broad Street, an area that’s going through a renaissance with new hotels, residential and mixed-use development sprouting up.  The Met Philly opened as a massive concert venue in December and continues to wow audiences and musicians alike with its grand facade, plush seats and double balcony.  “I have to […]

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