Interesting tidbit this morning on profootballtalk.com.
The Bears will likely be opening the 2009 season on the road. At least according to an official U2 Web site they will be. The band has a list of dates and sites for its upcoming U2 360 Tour and the first North American date is Saturday, Sept. 12 at Soldier Field. That's one day before the first Sunday of the NFL season. Of course, the schedule will open on Thursday, Sept. 10, but the Bears are highly unlikely to be hosting a game that night. Typically, that date goes to the defending Super Bowl champion.
Unless the league wanted the Bears and Chicago Park District to turn around Soldier Field in 48 hours in time for a game on Monday, Sept. 14, they'll be starting away from home for the fifth straight year. Considering the turf issues the field endured at the end of last season, a little extra time to prepare for the regular season wouldn't be a bad thing.
The Bears played their first two games on the road last season--at Indianapolis and at Carolina. That marked the first time since 2000 they had done that and just the second time since 1969. The league usually releases the complete schedule in early April.