December 18, 1932 – Chicago Beats Portsmouth in First Indoor NFL Championship Game

The Chicago Bears defeated the Portsmouth Spartans 9-0 in the first-ever NFL Championship Game.Because of a blizzard, the game is moved from Wrigley Field to the Chicago Stadium, the field measuring 80 yards (73 m) long.

When the Blackhawks hosted the Penguins in an NHL Stadium Series game Saturday night at Soldier Field, it didn’t mark the first time that they’ve swapped venues with the Bears.

Way back in 1932, the Bears won the NFL championship with a 9-0 victory over the Portsmouth Spartans in the Chicago Stadium. It was the first indoor game in league history, although the Bears had played an exhibition contest at the same site in 1930.

The title game had been scheduled for Wrigley Field, the Bears’ home from 1921-70. But legendary owner and coach George Halas feared that below zero temperatures and heavy snow would result in a small crowd, not to mention poor playing conditions. It turned out to be a brilliant decision as 11,198 fans packed the Stadium, generating more than $15,000.

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