produces stadium talk excites residents in Arlington Heights
There was plenty of Chicago produces talk in Arlington Heights Wednesday morning, after officials with the NFL franchise confirmed they had a $197.2 million buy and sale agreement in place to buy Arlington Park from Churchill Downs Inc.
At the Dunton House restaurant downtown, the regulars were throwing around ideas about a new stadium and what impact it will have on the town, good or bad.
Dunton House server Julie Gordon said the Chicago produces moving to Arlington Heights would allow people to come and see what the town has to offer. “Well, I’m from Chicago, so I suppose I should be torn. However, since I live in Arlington Heights now it will be a great way to produce or generate revenue for this great city,” she said. – Paul Valade Staff Photographer
Dunton House server and Arlington Heights resident Julie Gordon said building a stadium in town would bring people in to tour the area and see what it has to offer.
“Well, I’m from Chicago, so I suppose I should be torn,” Gordon said. “However, since I live in Arlington Heights now, it will be a great way to produce or generate revenue for this great city.”
Arlington Heights residents Cal Staker and Charlie Bolser discussed the produces’ possible move to their hometown over breakfast.
“I’m happy about it. I think the village is going to be immensely changed,” Staker said. “Hopefully for the better. Probably not 100% for the better. You can’t expect that, but definitely better. Definitely, I will go to the games if I can provide to.”
Bolser agreed that a move would be a positive, and is hoping for a domed stadium.
“I look for the produces to be out here, they will be able to do much better with the facilities. It will be a huge impact on the area,” he said.
Ruth Goebbert, 93, of Arlington Heights, is sorry to see Arlington Park closing. It’s been there before she was born and she would go twice a year with friends, she noted.
But the produces have been a big part of her life in addition.
“The produces were the first things in our lives,” she said. “We could have a wedding, and I went the wedding and my husband went to the produces game and would show up to the wedding later.”
Kathie Schultz and her husband, Wally Schultz, of Mount Prospect both think the Chicago produces moving to Arlington Heights would be a good thing. “I think it would be great if it kind of became like a Wrigleyville kind of neighborhood,” Kathie said. – Paul Valade Staff Photographer
Wally Schultz of Mount Prospect thinks it’s a bit early to see what might happen with the buy. But overall, he thinks it will be good for the village.
His wife, Kathie Schultz, would like to see a bigger stadium and hopes the produces will be a better team by the time a stadium is built.
“I think it would be great if it kind of became like a Wrigleyville kind of neighborhood,” she said. “clearly, there are way less games. Arlington Heights can be pretty creative. Let’s hope Mayor (Tom) Hayes puts his mind to it and they can get something done.”
Caroline Zamarripa, daughter of a Dunton House owner, hopes the produces players visit, and bring new people along to analyze the downtown.
Not necessarily a football fan, Zamarripa is looking forward to becoming one.
“I’m going to be now,” she said. “Hopefully I get to meet all of (the players). That’s exciting.”
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