Following up on all the ballyhoo surrounding every city in North America getting down on one knee begging Amazon.com to go to the prom, or at least locate its second headquarters in their town, the Chicago Tribune published an article titled “Amazon Stadium? Chicago developer hopes it’s the ticket to HQ2.”
Inside that story was this bit of information from developer Sterling Bay, which is putting naming rights to a new stadium on its silver platter:
“Sterling Bay is currently engaged in active discussions with the city of Chicago, professional sports leagues and international entertainment production companies to partner on the development and operations of this venue.”
Is Sterling Bay really trying to bring another professional sports team to Chicago to inhabit a new stadium in its Lincoln Yards project where Finkl Steel used to be on Goose Island? Or is this just the kind of puffery that real estate companies play? Like hinting that every retail project, no matter how small or unlikely, will have an Apple Store.
Chicagoland already has professional baseball, basketball, hockey, women’s basketball, and softball. So what’s left?
The National Lacrosse League recently expanded to Philadelphia and San Diego, so that’s a possibility. And Major League Rugby is scheduled to launch next year, so maybe that’s what Sterling has a shine for.
Or is it possible that the developer wants to poach a team from one of their current homes? It seems nothing is sacred this year, so imagine the White Sox becoming the second north side team. Or the Blackhawks coming closer to downtown. Considering all the development money the Ricketts family just sank into Wrigleyville, it’s probably safe to say the Cubbies aren’t going anywhere.
So unless cricket is about to explode in Chicago in a big way, we’re stumped to figure out what sports league could be in play. If you have any ideas, let us know below.