Home sweet …?

In fact, the Bears change home parks almost as much as they change head coaches.

When the Bears trot onto Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill., in the fall, they will be playing in their ninth home park under Dick Jauron, who is their 11th head coach. The Bears will play at the University of Illinois' home until the renovation of Soldier Field is completed for the 2003 season.

With their second home game in 2002, Memorial Stadium will become the third-most prolific home field in Bears' history. With their sixth home game in 2002, Memorial Stadium will become the third most prolific home field in franchise history.

Here's how that breaks down:

The Bears have played the most home games at Wrigley Field. The Bears went 219-89-22 in 330 home games at the corner of Clark and Addison from 1921 to 1970. Soldier Field is the Bears' second-most popular home park. The Bears are 147-100-1 in 248 home games at Soldier Field.

The Bears have played one home game at five other venues -- DePaul Field (Oct. 11, 1925), Mills Stadium (Sept. 21, 1930), Loyola Stadium (Sept. 18, 1931), the Chicago Stadium (Dec. 18, 1932) and Northwestern University's Dyche Stadium in Evanston, Ill. (Sept. 27, 1970) – thus putting Memorial Stadium in prime position to take over the third spot in Bears' history.

Prior to moving to Chicago in 1921, the Bears played in Decatur, Ill., as the Staleys. In their inaugural season of 1920, George Halas' charges called Staley Field home. The team played four home games there. The Chicago Bears played one home game in Decatur in 1921 and then played all subsequent home tilts in the Windy City (except for the Dyche Stadium game), thus giving the franchise five home tilts in that city.

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