Keys to the New Place | Four Things to Know About the Fire's Move to Soldier Field

A Day to Remember

On Tuesday -- the 148th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire -- the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District announced that the soccer team will return to the heart of the city and play its home games at Soldier Field, beginning in 2020. Located in the Near South Side of Chicago alongside the Lake Michigan shoreline, the 61,500 capacity stadium has been a staple of Chicago's iconic sports landscape since it first opened its doors in 1924. It has additionally been the home field of the National Football League's Chicago Bears since 1971.

Come Try It Out

Fans can place a refundable $20 deposit today to secure a spot in line to select seats at Soldier Field. The refundable deposit can be applied to any 2020 ticket – season tickets, multi-game plans or single games. Seat selection priority will be given to, in order: renewing season ticket holders; renewing partial season ticket holders; new fans who have made a $20 deposit, based on the date and time of purchase. On November, 1, 2019, ticket package offerings will be announced and seat location selection will begin.

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Coming Home Again

Tuesday's announcement ushers in the Fire's second stint at Soldier Field. After the Club was founded in 1997, Soldier Field was the team's first home when it began play in the 1998 Major League Soccer Season. In the Club's inaugural campaign, the Fire famously won the 1998 MLS Cup as an expansion side and hoisted the 1998 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a 2-1 win over Columbus Crew SC in Chicago. Though the Fire played matches at Naperville's Cardinal Stadium in 2002 and 2003 while Soldier Field underwent renovations, the stadium remained the Fire's primary home until 2006, when home matches were moved to Bridgeview's SeatGeek Stadium.

A New Era Begins

The Chicago Fire will open its 2020 season at home on Saturday, March 21 in a nationally televised game against the reigning MLS Cup champions and current Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Champions, Atlanta United FC. Major League Soccer has 34 regular season games – 17 away and 17 home games played between February and October. All regular season Fire home games will be played at Soldier Field. Any regular season and MLS Cup Playoffs games will be scheduled to not interfere with Chicago Bears home games. The new agreement is for an initial term of three years.

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