Event History

Notable Event History at Soldier Field:

  • Soldier Field was the site of the former College All-Star Game, an exhibition between the last year's NFL champion (or, in its final years, Super Bowl champion) and a team of collegiate all-star players of the previous season prior to their reporting to the training camps of their new professional teams. This game was discontinued after 1976.
  • On September 1, 2007, Northern Illinois University faced the University of Iowa in the first Division I College Football game at Soldier Field since renovations in 2003. The game is the second game of a home series between the two programs, although NIU's campus is located in DeKalb, 69 miles (111 km) to the west of Soldier Field on Interstate 88. With attendance of 61,500, a Mid-American Conference record for a home football game was set. Iowa won 16–3.
  • Soldier Field annually hosts the Chicago Football Classic (since 2004) which is a matchup of top Historically Black College and University Football teams.
  • Soldier Field (then known as Grant Park Municipal Stadium) hosted its first football game on October 4, 1924 between Louisville Male High School and Chicago Austin High. Louisville Male won 26–0.
  • The 28th International Eucharistic Congress held three days of outdoor day and evening events June 21–23, 1926.
  • Over 100,000 spectators attended the 1926 Army/Navy Game at Soldier Field. This game would decide the national championship, as Navy entered undefeated and Army had lost only to Notre Dame. For once, the game lived up to all of the pre-game hoop-la, and even though the game ended in a 21–21 tie, Navy was awarded the national championship.
  • The Long Count Fight, the second heavyweight championship bout between Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney, was held at Soldier Field on September 22, 1927.
  • The all-time collegiate attendance record of 123,000 plus was established November 26, 1927, as Notre Dame defeated the University of Southern California 7–6.
  • Over 15,000 spectators attend the first leg of the 1928 National Challenge Cup (now known as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup) between soccer teams Bricklayers and Masons F.C. of Chicago and New York Nationals of New York City. The match ended in 1–1 tie, and New York won the second leg 3–0 in New York City. 
  • Austin beats Leo to win 1937 Prep Bowl; highest attendance ever at Soldier Field estimated at over 120,000. 
  • Glenn "Fireball" Roberts won the only NASCAR Grand National race held at Soldier Field's short track which ran across the old configuration in 1956.
  • The Chicago Freedom Movement, led by Martin Luther King, held a rally at Soldier Field on July 10, 1966. As many as 60,000 people came to hear Dr. King as well as Mahalia Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Peter Paul and Mary.
  • Soldier Field was the site of the former College All-Star Game, an exhibition between the last year's NFL champion (or, in its final years, Super Bowl champion) and a team of collegiate all-star players of the previous season prior to their reporting to the training camps of their new professional teams. This game was discontinued after the 1976. The final game in 1976 was halted in the third quarter when a torrential thunderstorm broke out and play was never resumed.
  • Soldier Field stadium was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
  • 1994 FIFA World Cup Venue of all matches scheduled to play in Chicago, including the opening match between Germany and Bolivia on June 17, 1994.

 

Concert History at Soldier Field:

  • ZZ Top – July 25, 1976
  • The Rolling Stones – July 8, 1978
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – August 12 & 13, 1983
  • Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – August 9, 1985
  • Madonna – July 31, 1987 with Level 42
  • Paul McCartney – July 29, 1990
  • The Grateful Dead – June 22, 1991
  • The Grateful Dead – June 25 & 26, 1992
  • The Grateful Dead – June 17 & 19, 1993 with Sting
  • Pink Floyd – July 12, 1994
  • The Grateful Dead – July 23 & 24, 1994
  • The Rolling Stones – September 11 & 12, 1994
  • The Grateful Dead – July 8 & 9, 1995
  • Pearl Jam – July 11, 1995
  • U2 – Popmart, June 27, 28, & 29, 1997
  • The Rolling Stones – September 23 & 25, 1997
  • Dave Matthews Band – Summer 2000 Tour, June 29 & 30, 2000 
  • 'N Sync – PopOdyssey, June 16 & 17, 2001
  • Dave Matthews Band - Summer 2001 Tour, July 6 & 7, 2001
  • The Rolling Stones - September 10, 2005
  • Bon Jovi – Have a Nice Day Tour,  July 21, 2006
  • The Rolling Stones – October 11, 2006
  • Kenny Chesney – Poets and Pirates Tour, June 21, 2008
  • U2 – 360° Tour, September 12 & 13, 2009
  • The Eagles – Long Road Out of Eden Tour, June 19, 2010
  • Bon Jovi – The Circle Tour, July 30 & 31, 2010
  • U2 – 360° Tour, July 5, 2011
  • Spring Awakening Music Festival – June 16 & 17, 2012
  • Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw – Brothers of the Sun Tour, July 7, 2012
  • Spring Awakening Music Festival – June 14, 15, & 16, 2013
  • Bon Jovi – Because We Can Tour, July 12, 2013
  • Justin Timberlake & Jay-Z – Legends of the Summer Stadium Tour, July 22, 2013
  • Taylor Swift –The Red Tour, August 10, 2013
  • Bon Jovi – Because We Can Tour, July 12, 2013
  • Spring Awakening Music Festival – June 13, 14, & 15, 2014
  • JAY-Z & Beyoncé  On The Run Tour, July 24, 2014
  • One Direction – Where We Are Tour, July 29 & 30, 2014
  • Luke Bryan – That’s My Kind of Night Tour, August 31, 2014
  • Kenny Chesney – The Big Revival Tour, June 6, 2015
  • Spring Awakening Music Festival – June 13, 14, & 15, 2015
  • Grateful Dead – Fare Thee Well, July 3, 4, & 5, 2015
  • Taylor Swift – The 1989 World Tour, July 18 & 19, 2015
  • One Direction – Where We Are Tour, August 23, 2015
  • Beyoncé – The Formation World Tour, May 27 & 28, 2016
  • Guns N’ Roses – Not In This Lifetime Tour, July 3 & 5, 2016
  • Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams Tour, July 23 & 24, 2016
  • U2 – The Joshua Tree Tour, June 3 & 4, 2017
  • Metallica – WorldWired Tour, June 18, 2017
  • Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams Tour, August 2, 2017
  • Taylor Swift – Reputation Stadium Tour, June 1 & June 2, 2018
  • Kenny Chesney – Trip Around the Sun Tour, July 28, 2018
  • Jay-Z & Beyoncé – OTR II, August 10th & 11th, 2018
  • Ed Sheeran – North American Stadium Tour, October 4th, 2018
  • BTS – Love Yourself: Speak Yourself, May 11 & 12, 2019
  • The Rolling Stones – No Filter Tour, June 21 & 25, 2019

 

 

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