Soldier Field steps out of its comfort zone

February 13, 2013

Soldier Field has shown admirable versatility in its history. Case in point:

1927: Gene Tunney beats Jack Dempsey before 104,000 boxing fans.

1944: 150,000 spectators attend a visit by President Franklin Roosevelt.

1954: Soldier Field plays host to ski jumping.

1956: The stadium hosts Grand National stock car races, the equivalent of Sprint Cup today.

1962: 116,000 turn out to hear evangelist Billy Graham.

Sources: soldierfield.net, nascar.com

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