Photo tour of completed Halas Hall expansion

Chicago Bears just unveiled bold expansion and remodeling project of team facility

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The 162,500-square-foot addition to existing football operations and 30,600-foot remodeling of the team facility's northeast side, led by design firm HOK and general contractor Mortenson Construction, "created a first-class facility that provides a daily reminder and motivation to help us work towards our goal of being a championship team," GM Ryan Pace said via a statement distributed by the Bears. "This upgrade furthers the continued support from the McCaskey family and their commitment to attract, develop and retain the most talented roster possible both on and off the field."

(All of the following photos were taken by Bears photographer Matt Sisneros.)

Weight Room

Expanded by 2,000 square feet to include a helmet-fitting room, footwear and shoulder pad fitting area, sewing room and high-density storage cabinets. The Bears also say they doubled the size of their equipment room, recovery space and nutrition/fuel station, and quadrupled the sports medicine space, which now includes two hydrotherapy pools, two plunge pools, a float pod, sauna and steam room. Finally, the Bears added an indoor turf space, measuring 13,000 square feet.

Pools

There are now two hydrotherapy pools and two plunge pools, in addition to a sauna, steam room and ...

Float Pod

Recovering in style AND comfort, players can chill out in a float pod that looks like a Bears helmet (and also a bit like a Bears coffin).

Player Entry

We're told this is the coolest part of the project. All 14 of the Bears retired jerseys adorn the new hallway connecting the practice fields to the locker room, where players will traverse under lights that illuminate as music begins playing and they see a 46" video wall containing nine screens.

Locker Room

Among the 1,700-foot expansion is a new barber shop. Adjacent to the locker room is the addition of a 3,250-foot players lounge and a coaches/scouts locker room that now features a sauna and steam room.

Nutrition

The cafe, now more than 7,600 feet following the 4,300 feet expansion, now includes a Bearista coffee bar, smoothie/juice bar, soup/salad bars, hot food, sandwiches, desserts and more. And after the players are done dining, they can head upstairs ...

Rooftop garden

All. Local. Herbs. And check out the view!

Brick Wall Among the new designs are a brick wall with the team name in traditional font, plus four walls with one of the team's core value on each (Respect, Integrity, Team, Excellence). And ...

Mural

Designed by Czr Prz, this 14-by-45-foot mural is pretty sweet, too.

Staff Huddle

A meeting-of-the-minds location, this is part of a new learning center and staff training area including a wellness center, enclosed patios that open to allow fresh air and additional sunlight, now in abundance throughout Halas after the installation of glass walls and relocation of some exterior offices.

(All of the above photos were taken by Bears photographer Matt Sisneros.)

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