Booker brags about new home

<!--Default NodeId For Marty Booker is 722190,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:722190]>Marty Booker</A> is one of the few Bears that has had the opportunity to see the new Soldier Field and the receiver is giving it rave reviews.

"At old Soldier Field, there was a sense of intimacy with the fans, but in the new stadium, that will be much more intense," he said. "The stadium has been designed so that the seats seem a lot closer to the field. The interior of the stadium is shaped as a narrow oval. My guess is that this design will result in a pretty intense noise level. That should give us a definite home field advantage."

The Bears were 7-1 in their last year at Soldier Field, but in 2002 went 3-5 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

The creature comforts will be better for both players and fans alike. The lockerroom is about three times the size of the one in the old stadium, which means more room during post game victory celebrations.

There are several new amenities for the fans including wider seats from 18 inches to at least 19 inches, twice as many bathrooms and concession stands and two video scoreboards.

Architecturally the new stadium, which cost approximately $365 million, is open for debate in terms of the blending of the colonnades and the glass exterior.

"I know that there has been a lot of discussion about the new stadium, but I think that the fans will be pleasantly surprised when they see it. I know that the players are going to be very happy to play there," Booker said.

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