Inside the Chicago Bears Locker Room: MSA Students Tour Soldier Field
During his two years in Northwestern’s Master of Arts in Sports Administration program, Kevin Mroz ’13 took advantage of as many opportunities as he could to experience the world of sports from the inside. Mroz, who works for Vasta & Associates, a firm that handles operations for high-profile special events, listened to talks by executives from the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Fire. He toured US Cellular Field and the United Center. Grateful for these experiences, Mroz organized an opportunity for his classmates: a behind-the-scenes look at operations at Soldier Field.
Mroz was already familiar with Soldier Field, having worked as a fan services representative during Chicago Bears home games last season. But the MSA tour that Mroz organized in May opened up parts of the stadium even he had never seen. “This was not your typical stadium tour,” said Mroz, who served as president of the MSA Student Board. “The tour focused on how Solider Field runs. It was great to hear from Chicago Bears employees and go to parts of the stadium that are usually off limits.”
One of the group’s tour guides was Bob Laskowski, director of stadium experience for the Chicago Bears and Mroz’s boss during those home games. Laskowski and Bryan Pett, director of stadium operations, showed the group of 20 MSA students and alumni the United Club, a luxury suite, and the Mezzanine Concourse before ushering them into the Chicago Bears locker room, the highlight for Mroz: “It’s really cool to imagine what a game day is like and how many great players have been in there. We were able to go through all parts of the locker room including the media room, family room and trainers room.”
Throughout the tour Laskowski and Pett fielded questions from the group. Mroz was surprised to learn that Soldier Field, with a capacity of 61,500, is the second smallest stadium in the NFL, topping only the multi-purpose O.co Coliseum, where the Oakland Raiders play.