Lori Lightfoot, the mayor of Chicago, slammed the Chicago Bears on Friday, just one day after the team revealed it had made a proposal for property in Arlington Heights with the intention of potentially building a new stadium there.

Lightfoot, a self-described longtime Bears supporter, released a statement dismissing the news as “noise.” The Bears are obligated to stay at Soldier Field until 2033 under a lease agreement. Additionally, the Bears’ statement comes amid ongoing talks for Soldier Field upgrades. Lightfoot also said that this is obviously a bargaining strategy the Bears have employed in the past.  Lightfoot said in his statement.

She said that as a season ticket holder and lifelong Bears fan, she is dedicated to our football club retaining the ‘Chicago’ moniker.”

To emphasise her argument, Lightfoot made a dig at the Bears.

Lightfoot stated that like the majority of Bears fans, we want the organization to concentrate on fielding a successful football team, ultimately defeating the Packers, and being relevant beyond October. Everything else is a distraction.

The Bears have competed at Soldier Field since 1972, and despite continuing discussions about improvements, the organization’s desire to move is mostly driven by capacity concerns.

On Thursday, President & CEO Ted Phillips released a statement announcing the company’s offer for the Arlington International Racecourse property, located 35 miles outside of Chicago.

Phillips added that it is their responsibility to exhaust all possibilities in order to guarantee that they are doing what is best for their company and its future. If chosen, this stage enables them to conduct a more thorough evaluation of the property and its possibilities.