Big happenings are products of circumstance. As he walked
through Gate C at Toyota Park around 1:30pm Saturday, Jake Selke’s circumstance
was the need to use a restroom but would relief would have to wait as he
received a tap on the shoulder.
“I immediately thought this guy was trying to sell me
something,” said Selke. “I was desperate to get to a bathroom but he said,
‘Congratulations, you’re our three millionth fan.’”
With the club’s regular season attendance sitting at
2,998,545 entering Saturday afternoon, an edict was put out encouraging fans to
get into Toyota Park early for the chance to become the Chicago Fire’s three
millionth fan – Selke’s bathroom necessity put him in the right place at the
Jake was joined by his wife Allie, who purchased the two
tickets to Saturday’s game for his 32nd birthday last month – that
investment ballooned for the couple. As fans number 3,000,000 and 3,000,001
Saturday afternoon they were greeted as fireworks went off at the Harlem End
and confetti rained down on the couple from Peoria. The two received ticket upgrades,
taking in the match field side, but the big win was the two Premier Season
Tickets for the 2011 season.
“I bought these tickets for him a while ago just thinking
we’d come and have a good time,” said Allie. “This was my first Fire game and I
loved it, I couldn’t have asked for anything more except for maybe three
Jake echoed his wife’s sentiments about the match.
“It was an awesome game. We saw my favorite Fire player Sean
Johnson make a great save on a penalty. A great goal from Collins John and then
we were brought down to earth a little bit -- it was a shame to have that goal
go in at the end, but still a great day.”
With his last Fire match came during the 2008 season, Jake
plans to make the nearly three hour drive from Peoria for games much more
“It’s been a struggle to come to games the last few years
because we have two little kids – we don’t get this way very often. We didn’t
get to any games last year, we were just happy to come for the game and get a
weekend in Chicago – we had no idea the team was doing something like this.
With this deal, we’ll be up here a lot next season.”