Going into the season players and coaches tried to downplay the fact that the team would have to travel every week. However, looking back on the season after going 3-5 at home things might not have been as smooth as the team had hoped.

Head coach Dick Jauron didn't want to blame the additional travel for a 4-12 season, but thought it was a contributing factor.

"So many other things went wrong, I'm not sure I can make any judgment about how playing here affected us," Jauron said. "I just can't say whether or not it was a factor because we faced so many other issues. You never want to travel every week, and we knew coming in it would be hard."

With Soldier Field not scheduled to open until the third game of the regular season the team will have to return to Champaign for the preseason.

The Bears two preseason games will be played in Champaign, but the drive from training camp in Bourbonnais to Memorial Stadium is just an hour.

The Bears are hoping regain their magic of 2001 with a return to Chicago. The team won seven of eight games at Soldier Field on their way to a 13-3 campaign, before losing at home to the Eagles.

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