Amazon Stadium Included in a Chicago Pitch

Amazon Stadium

As part of its pitch for the second Amazon headquarters, a Chicago developer has included a plan for Amazon Stadium

Sterling Bay has come forth with a plan to bring Amazon’s HQ2 to Chicago, with the Lincoln Yards development proposed as a site. Within the conceptual designs for its pitch, Sterling Bay has included a rendering for a proposed stadium–depicted in a soccer configuration–that could sports and other events.

The proposal from Sterling Bay accounts for one of the 10 sites that were featured in a formal bid from Chicago and Illinois officials, and some of the elements behind the plan are preliminary and subject to change. Amazon Stadium, however, is highlighted as one of the major amenities in the pitch. More from The Chicago Tribune:

The developer describes preliminary plans for “a world-class sports and entertainment stadium” in the materials obtained by the Tribune.

“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,” Sterling Bay said in its Amazon proposal. In renderings and a video sent to Amazon, the stadium is shown along the west, or Bucktown, side of the river.

Chicago and state officials submitted a formal bid for Amazon’s HQ2 on Oct. 16 that includes 10 potential sites, including Sterling Bay’s 70-plus-acre site along the river near Lincoln Park and Bucktown.

“The city asked us for our boldest ideas on Amazon’s HQ2 and that’s what we did at Lincoln Yards,” Sterling Bay managing principal Andy Gloor said in an email to the Tribune. “These are conceptual designs for the Amazon proposal, and we hope they see what we already know: Chicago and Lincoln Yards provide unmatched possibilities for HQ2.”

In its search for the location of its second headquarters, Amazon said it landed bids from 238 cities and regions in 54 districts, provinces, states, and territories across North America. A decision is expected in 2018.

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