Tifo crew

Section 8 needs help to pull of displays

Dan Martin, Section
8 Chicago’s
Communications
Director, explains how all Fire fans can get involved to help create displays
of support for the team at Toyota Park.

Since the inception of the Fire organization, fans of the club
have expressed their love and support for the players on the field in
organized, colorful displays (
view
some history of Fire fan displays here
), known as tifo. Via rolls of colored paper, large numbers of temporary flags,
two-poles, and banners, or even the legendary
Megabandera
(RIP), Fire fans have made choreographed tifo displays an important part of our
culture.

It’s important to remember that these tifo displays are paid for, organized by and executed by fans out
of their love for the club. The front office often gives us logistical support
(such as space to construct displays spanning hundreds of feet), but this is
all done in the spirit of Do It Yourself as an active supporter of the club. It
takes a lot of time to create a big display like
last
year’s playoff banners
, but being part of creating awesome displays is more
than worth it in the end.

Now, a great opportunity has arisen for Fire fans interested
in creating new displays, both for the remainder of the 2010 season and into
the future, to join in and help us out this season and beyond.

As one of our old-timers put
it on our forum
, it’s time to form a Tifo Crew:

 “Tifo Crew will
focus on ideas, design, and implementation of tifo displays, and the creation
of banners and flags. The best part about this crew is that anyone is welcome
to join. It doesn’t matter if you are part of a supporters group or an
independent, or a newbie. The purpose of this is to get anyone who has been a
part of tifo in the past, or anyone interested in helping, to come together for
one main cause. Bringing everyone together will allow us to have multiple
ideas, opinions, and most importantly, hands to help.”

Our recent tifo contest – resulting in hundreds
of umbrellas unfurled around Toyota Park in co-ordinated fashion
before the
Galaxy game – was a first step, but we have moved beyond that phase. Whether
you're a member of a long-standing supporter group or a newbie experiencing
your first Fire season, Tifo Crew is about bringing supporters together in the
interests of the cause. The aim is to include any supporter who wants to
contribute to bigger and better displays for the future.

Chicago is a hotbead of artistic and creative talent. Look
at the architecture, the parks, the public sculptures and murals -- all these
things come back to the city we inhabit and love. Fire tifo displays have
always used civic iconography as inspiration for design and message. Bring your
ideas to the table and make them a reality. As
Daniel Burnham once put it:
“Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably
themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work.”

Getting involved in Tifo Crew is easy. Come
to The Pitch
on Wednesday, September 29th at 8PM to take part in the
inaugural Tifo Crew organizational meeting (and stick around to watch the Fire
take on San Jose at 10PM). To join our Google group for tifo discussion, email
tom@section8chicago.com.