Supporters' Charter Signed

Fire and fans form groundbreaking agreement

The
Chicago Fire Soccer Club and Section 8 Chicago, the Independent Supporters’
Association for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, jointly announced today that they
have reached a groundbreaking agreement to institute the first-ever Chicago
Fire Soccer Club Supporters’ Charter. The document serves to cement an ongoing,
iterative dialogue between the Chicago Fire and its fans, and marks the first
such organized effort in U.S. professional sports. Both parties signed the
Charter just before the Club’s first home match on April 10, 2010.

The
Charter, a year-long collaborative initiative spearheaded by Fire Owner Andrew
Hauptman, was created and instituted to ensure the Fire’s core
values—tradition, honor and passion—are respected and successfully carried out
by all those associated with the Club, including its supporters, Fire staff,
players and stadium personnel. It further establishes a covenant of respect and
understanding between the Chicago Fire and its supporters, and a mutual
commitment to open and honest communications. The Charter outlines the rights
and expectations of all parties, as well as summarizes the club’s continued
commitment and involvement within the broader Chicago community. The Charter is
an independent agreement between the Club and its supporters, but it also
serves to augment the MLS Pledge to Fans, MLS Fan Code of Conduct and the
TOYOTA PARK Code of Conduct.  

“I
truly appreciate the tireless efforts of everyone at the Fire and Section 8
Chicago who helped make this unprecedented initiative happen,” said Fire Owner
Andrew Hauptman. “I’m consistently humbled and inspired by our supporters'
passion and dedication to the Fire. They are the Club's heart and soul and, in
my view, the Charter was created to recognize and cultivate this spirit. Our
fans constantly remind the entire Fire organization of what's possible and what
we are capable of accomplishing together as a community. The Charter symbolizes
the openness, inclusiveness and loyalty that exist in a club like the Fire,
which is unique in so many ways. From our players to our front office, to our
youth academy to each any every one of our supporters, the Fire is proud and
passionate, unapologetic and authentic, and I'm very proud to have had a small
role in the Charter’s development and institution, and its future.”

“On
behalf of Section 8 Chicago, the Independent Supporters’ Association for the
Chicago Fire Soccer Club, I am delighted to have signed the first Supporters’
Charter in Major League Soccer,” said Section 8 Chicago Chairman Tom Dunmore.
“We believe strongly in the values of the Club outlined in the Charter, and we
are proud to have worked closely with the Club to create this public statement
of our shared mission to, as one of our supporters once put it and as is stated
in the Charter, ‘make Chicago known for all time.’ We would like to thank the
Club for collaborating with us in a spirit of honest and open dialogue to
complete the Charter, and we look forward to seeing this document in the hands
of every Fire supporter, player and staff member as we continue our work to
help make the Chicago Fire Soccer Club the standard-bearer of Major League
Soccer. The completion of the Charter is an important step towards that goal.”

The
Charter is publicly available on the Fire’s website at

www.chicago-fire.com
and Section 8 Chicago at www.cf97.com. Download the PDF by clicking here.  

 

You can also see photos from the Charter signing here.