Opened in 1924, a field in downtown Chicago was built to serve as a memorial to American soldiers who had died in the numerous wars. A year later it was named Soldier Field and became an exciting scene for many sporting events and exhibitions. It wasn't until 1971 that the Chicago Bears moved in and officially made it their home. In those early days, the stadium could hold almost 100,000 fans and to this current day still remains the oldest stadium in the NFL. These Soldier Field pictures document the transition from the early configuration to the current renovated stadium. The stadium may have been altered over the years, but the loyalty of die hard Bears fans around the country has only gotten stronger.