Toyota Park History
The popularity of the MLS is at an all time high, with an influx of international players and
home grown heroes making their names known playing in this ever expanding league. In Chicago, the Chicago Fire are always
one of the hottest tickets in one of the best sports towns in the country. Chicago sports fans are truly fanatics and they
pack Toyota Park for every home game during the MLS season, enjoying every aspect of this state of the art facility. Since
the franchise's inception in 1997, the Fire have been looking for their permanent home after playing in many different venues
in their early years. After multiple years at Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, and Cardinal Stadium, home of the
North Central College Cardinals, the Fire finally got the soccer-centric stadium that the team and fans so richly deserved
when Toyota Park opened in 2006. It was built to feature styles of both European and American soccer stadiums, and offers
mostly covered seating for fans in the unpredictable Chicago climate. Toyota Park is an essential stop on any soccer fan's
list of must-see stadiums.
Toyota Park Events
The Chicago Fire of the Eastern Conference of the MLS have
enjoyed much success in the team's history and many of the sports biggest names have worn the blue and red. Players like DeMarcus
Beasley, Carlos Bocanegra, Brian McBride, and Eric Wynalda have all led the Fire on the pitch. Toyota Park hosts many other
events during the year other than the Chicago Fire. The state of the art venue has hosted the 2006 MLS All Star Game, which
featured the MLS All Stars against Chelsea FC of the Premier League. Toyota Park also hosted lacrosse, rugby and women's soccer.
When the pitch is not being used for sporting events, Toyota Park is known to host concerts featuring the biggest names in
entertainment, like the B96 Pepsi Summer Bash and the Crossroads Guitar Festival.
is no city in the world quite like Chicago. Nicknamed "The Windy City", Chicago is known as much for its unpredictable and
problematic weather as it is for its world class architecture, dining, sports and entertainment. From the beaches of Lake
Michigan to the shops of the Magnificent Mile, Chicago is a dynamic city that welcomes millions of people through its airports
every year, but those who stop and stay awhile in Chicago are treated to one of the best places in the world to dine, drink,
cheer, relax and learn.
Toyota Park Seating Layout
Toyota Park, home of the Chicago Fire, is the most
intimate venues in the MLS, with its seating bowl that starts seats just 12 inches above the field. Fire fans get an up close
and personal look at their favorite team, from any of the stadium's 20,000 seats. Toyota Park features almost 50 luxury suites
for optimal viewing that sit just 52 feet above the field. No matter where your seats are at Toyota Park, you will feel like
you are on the pitch with your favorite Fire players.
Toyota Park Trivia
Did you know that Toyota Park
has a built in stage just off the pitch, making it possible for the venue to host a soccer match during the day and a concert
at night? Toyota Park was built as a duel threat, sports and concerts, and it does amazing well at both.