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Toyota Park opened in 2006, and is the home of several professional sports teams in Chicago. The venue is located roughly 12 miles away from Chicago proper, in Bridgeview, Illinois. With a capacity of 20,000 fans for sporting events, the stadium is the home to the MLS' Chicago Fire, the Chicago Red Stars of the NWSL, and the Legends Football League's Chicago Bliss.
Before the Fire moved to Toyota Park, they played in Soldier Field, the famous home of the NFL's Chicago Bears. Soldier Field, being an NFL venue, had a vast amount of seats to fill, something that not even the best MLS clubs do on a regular basis, creating the need for the soccer-specific stadium. Toyota Park came at a cost of a reported $100 million, a contentious cost in the city, as most sports stadiums are.
Fortunately for fans of the Fire, there should soon be an even better reason to attend matches in the near future, as the Fire recently brought in German international star Bastian Schweinsteiger. Schweinsteiger's storied career includes seasons with Bayern Munich and Manchester United, as well as a World Cup victory with Germany. Needless to say, he's generated quite the buzz in Chicago.
Aside from the Fire, Toyota Park has played host to other noteworthy sporting events, including a 2010 World Cup qualifier, in which the United States thrashed Trinidad and Tobago by a 3-0 final score. The United States was able to ride that win into the rest of their qualifying campaign, which saw them qualify for the World Cup, in which they advanced out of their group before falling to Belgium in extra time in the round of 16.
Q: What are the best places to sit at Toyota Park?
A: Fieldside tickets are the way to go at Toyota Park. Advertised by the club as being five feet away from the field, these tables for two or four people are as close as you can possibly get to the action. For a less expensive option, Center Circle tickets are still 100 level seats, and are all located in the middle of the field. The Harlem End supporters section is a great option too, if you don't mind standing, as that's where all of the fun is.
Q: Toyota Park tips and tricks
A: Gates at Toyota Park open an hour ahead of kickoff time, which works out great for fans who can head into the park and catch the teams getting ready for action. Fans should enter though Gates A, B, C, or F if they're in the corner of the park, or gates A and F if they're in the center. Gate D is reserved for club seating. Also, be sure to check out Fire Fest two hours before the match at Gate B, with games and prizes to be had before the Fire take the field.
Q: Toyota Park club areas
A: Most of Toyota Park's club seating is located in the 100 level of seating, specifically in 127, 128 and 129, which are behind the team benches. In addition to the great sightlines for the match, these seats offer in-seat dining options and a VIP entrance gate.
Q: What makes Toyota Park unique?
A: In 2016, murals were painted on each side of Toyota Park, on the east and west walls of the stadium. Named Offense and Defense, these murals span a combined 50 feet wide, and give Toyota Park a unique look all its own.