SeatGeek Stadium


SeatGeek Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois, about twelve miles southwest of downtown Chicago. It is the home stadium of the Chicago Red Stars[9] of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), Chicago Fire FC II of the MLS Next Pro, Chicago House AC of the Midwest Premier League (MPL), and Chicago State Cougars men's and women's soccer teams of the NCAA Division I. The stadium has also hosted the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer, Chicago Machine of Major League Lacrosse, and Chicago Bliss of the Legends Football League (LFL). Originally Toyota Park when it opened on June 11, 2006, the facility has a capacity of 20,000 and was developed at a cost of around $100 million. The naming rights agreement with SeatGeek went into effect following the Fire's 2018 season.[10][11][2]

SeatGeek Stadium
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SeatGeek Stadium (then Toyota Park) in 2013
SeatGeek Stadium is located in Chicago metropolitan area
SeatGeek Stadium
SeatGeek Stadium
Location in the Chicago area
SeatGeek Stadium is located in Illinois
SeatGeek Stadium
SeatGeek Stadium
Location in Illinois
SeatGeek Stadium is located in the United States
SeatGeek Stadium
SeatGeek Stadium
Location in the United States
Former namesToyota Park (2006–2018)
Address7000 South Harlem Avenue
LocationBridgeview, Illinois
Coordinates41°45′53″N 87°48′22″W / 41.76472°N 87.80611°W / 41.76472; -87.80611Coordinates: 41°45′53″N 87°48′22″W / 41.76472°N 87.80611°W / 41.76472; -87.80611
OwnerVillage of Bridgeview
CapacitySoccer: 20,000[3][4]
Concerts: 28,000
Field size120 x 75 yards
SurfaceKentucky Bluegrass[5]
Broke groundNovember 30, 2004; 17 years ago (2004-11-30)
OpenedJune 11, 2006; 15 years ago (2006-06-11)
Construction cost$98 million
($132 million in 2021 dollars[6])
ArchitectRossetti Architects
Project managerICON Venue Group[7]
Structural engineerJohn A. Martin & Associates[8]
Services engineerA. Epstein & Sons International[8]
General contractorTurner Construction[7] Harbour Contractors
Chicago Red Stars (WPS, NWSL) (2009–2010, 2016–present)
Chicago Fire FC II (MLS Next Pro), (2022–present)
Chicago House AC (MPL) (2021)
Chicago State Cougars soccer (NCAA DI) (2021–present)
Chicago Fire (MLS) (2006–2019)
Chicago Bliss (LFL) (2011–2012, 2015–2017)
Chicago Machine (MLL) (2007–2009)
Roosevelt Lakers soccer (NAIA) (2010–2019)
Northwestern Wildcats soccer (NCAA DI) (2015)


The Chicago Fire entered Major League Soccer as an expansion team in 1998, playing its first four seasons at Soldier Field in Chicago, which they shared with the National Football League (NFL)'s Chicago Bears. Beginning in 2002, the club moved to Cardinal Stadium (now Benedetti–Wehrli Stadium) in Naperville for two seasons while Soldier Field was renovated, leading to calls for a soccer-specific venue. The Fire received several bids before announcing Bridgeview as the winner in 2003. Construction on the Bridgeview venue began on November 30, 2004,[12] and was completed on June 11, 2006.[citation needed]

Naming rightsEdit

In 2006, Toyota entered into a ten-year naming rights agreement and renamed the new stadium Toyota Park.[2] In 2016, it was reported that Toyota had opted against renewing their naming rights.[13] Despite this, the stadium continued to be known as Toyota Park through the 2018 season. Afterwards, new sponsor SeatGeek assumed stadium naming rights starting with the 2019 Fire season.[10]

The naming rights agreement signed in 2018 was the first such agreement SeatGeek entered into.[1][2] It was reported that as part of the deal, SeatGeek would also serve as the venue's primary ticketing service starting in 2019.[1] The company reportedly promised that they would work to "bring more live programming, including premier concerts, music festivals and international sporting events" to the stadium.[1][11]


The Fire and Bridgeview began negotiating a re-evaluation of the stadium lease in 2018, shortly after Joe Mansueto acquired his stake in the team.[14] In early April 2019, several media reports emerged about a potential contract buyout that would allow the Fire to move back to Chicago, playing temporarily at Soldier Field once again.[14][15] On May 8, 2019, Fire president Nelson Rodriguez confirmed that the team was negotiating a tentative deal with the village to terminate their lease, which was slated to run through 2036, at an estimated cost of $65 million.[16] The terms of the deal were confirmed on July 9, 2019. In consideration for releasing the Fire and MLS from the lease, the Fire will put money toward a "multisport recreation and entertainment center" at the site.[17] The Red Stars have no plans to move.[18] On January 27, 2021, Chicago House AC of the NISA announced that they had selected SeatGeek Stadium as their home.[19]


Incorporating traditional stadium features from American and European facilities, SeatGeek Stadium includes predominantly covered seating, a brick facade and stone entry archway, and first rows placed fewer than three yards from the field. It includes 42 executive suites, six larger party suites, the Illinois Soccer Hall of Fame, and the Fire club offices, as well as a large stadium club/banquet room measuring over 9,000 square feet (840 m2).

A practice facility with two fields (one natural grass; the other artificial turf) for the Fire club and its youth programs lies next to the stadium. The stadium's design allows expansion of 50% more seating at negligible expense. Its 120-by-75-yard (110 by 69 m) natural grass field's $1.7 million turf management system comprises full heating, drainage, and aeration capabilities.

A permanent stage allows the stadium to host concerts and quickly change configurations. A typical conversion from soccer to stage takes no more than 18 hours. The field accommodates 8,000 additional chairback seats for concerts and other stage events. SeatGeek Stadium is currently operated by Spectra.[1][2]

In July 2016, two large-scale murals were designed and painted by artist Tony Passero on the east and west walls of the stadium's stage suites. The murals measure 14 feet high by 27 feet in length, and are named "Offense" and "Defense".[20]

Major soccer eventsEdit

Date Teams Competition Attendance
September 10, 2008[21] United States   3–0   Trinidad and Tobago 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification–CONCACAF 11,452
October 11, 2016[22] Mexico   1–0   Panama Friendly 19,017
June 8, 2021 Canada   4–0   Suriname 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualification - CONCACAF 0
June 15, 2021 Canada   3–0   Haiti 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualification - CONCACAF 0
Panoramic view of SeatGeek Stadium (then Toyota Park) on June 8, 2013, during a regular season match between the Chicago Fire and the Portland Timbers. Downtown Chicago is visible on the horizon on the left.

On November 27, 2010, SeatGeek Stadium was the venue for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification match between USA and Italy; USA defeated Italy 1–0 and advanced to the World Cup.[23][24] SeatGeek Stadium was the venue for the 2006 MLS All-Star Game, in which the MLS side defeated Chelsea F.C. 1–0.[25] The stadium also hosted the 2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup's final, in which the Chicago Fire defeated the LA Galaxy 3–1.[26]

SeatGeek Stadium hosts annual friendly matches between Chicago Fire and the popular European and Mexican clubs, which in the past included A.C. Milan, Everton, C.D. Guadalajara, Club America, Santos Laguna, and others. SeatGeek Stadium hosted four matches during the group stage of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

Rugby unionEdit

SeatGeek Stadium hosted its first international rugby match in 2006, United States VS Munster. In June 2008 the stadium hosted three matches of the Churchill Cup, including United States VS Canada, England Saxons VS Scotland A, and Ireland Wolfhounds VS Argentina Jaguares. On June 6, 2009 the stadium hosted a 2009 mid-year rugby test series match between United States and Wales in a warmup match for the USA in its campaign to qualify for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.[27]

Date Winner Score Opponent Competition Attendance
June 21, 2008   Canada 26–10   United States 2008 Churchill Cup Bowl Final
June 21, 2008   Ireland A 33–8   Argentinian XV 2008 Churchill Cup Plate Final
June 21, 2008   England Saxons 36–19   Scotland A 2008 Churchill Cup Final
June 13, 2009   Wales 48–15   United States June tests 6,264[28]
November 4, 2016   Māori All Blacks 54–7   United States end-of-year tests 18,700[29]

Other sports eventsEdit

SeatGeek Stadium served as the home site for Roosevelt University men's and women's soccer matches from 2010 until 2019, when the team moved their matches to Illinois Institute of Technology's on-campus stadium.[30][31] It was announced in December 2019 that the Chicago Blitz of the Extreme Football League would play their inaugural season at SeatGeek Stadium.[32]

The first college football game at the stadium took place on September 7, 2013 between DIII schools John Carroll and Saint Norbert, a game which John Carroll won 41-0.[33]

For their 2021 season, the Chicago State Cougars men's and women's soccer teams are playing at the stadium.[34]

Music eventsEdit

The concert stage at SeatGeek Stadium, as seen during the 2010 B96 Pepsi Summer Bash

Since 2006,[35] SeatGeek Stadium has been the host venue for Chicago radio station B96's annual summer concert, The B96 Pepsi Summer Bash.[36] The Crossroads Guitar Festival was held on July 28, 2007 and again on June 26, 2010. A three-day, all-electronic music festival, Future Sound Dance Music Festival, was hosted at SeatGeek Stadium May 24–26, 2013. The Chicago Open Air festival, a 3-day rock festival put on by Danny Wimmer Presents, was held there July 15–17, 2016.

Date Artist(s) Opening act(s) Tour Tickets sold Revenue Additional notes
July 8, 2007 Dave Matthews Band Guster 2007 Summer Tour [37]
June 6, 2008 Dave Matthews Band Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings 2008 Summer Tour [38]
July 24, 2008 Jimmy Buffett The Year of Still Here Tour
July 26, 2008
June 13, 2009 Kelly Clarkson All I Ever Wanted Summer Fair Tour This concert was a part of the "B96 Pepsi SummerBash"[39]
July 31, 2009 Korn Powerman 5000
Escape from the Studio Tour
August 8, 2009 Jimmy Buffett The Summerzcool Tour Ilo Ferreria, Jake Shimabukuro and Joe Perry of Aerosmith were special guests.[40]
August 11, 2009 Phish Late Summer Tour 2009
August 15, 2009 Jimmy Buffett The Summerzcool Tour Ilo Ferreria was the special guest. This show featured a unique medley of “Tryin’ to Reason with Hurricane Season” with a verse of “Banana Republics” in the middle before going back to “Tryin’ to Reason with Hurricane Season.”[41]
June 11, 2010 Phish Early Summer Tour 2010
August 14, 2010 Jimmy Buffett Under the Big Top Tour
June 9, 2011 Kenny Chesney Billy Currington
Uncle Kracker
Goin' Coastal Tour
July 23, 2011 Jimmy Buffett Ilo Ferreira Welcome to Fin Land Tour This show was plagued by many technical issues before the power finally went out after Fins. Jimmy performed the first encore while they waited for power to be restored. Once restored, the band came back for the second encore.[42]
August 26, 2012 Evanescence
New Medicine
Carnival of Madness [43]
July 12, 2013 Bob Dylan Wilco
My Morning Jacket
Richard Thompson Electric Trio
Americanarama Festival of Music 11,075 / 13,068 $689,308
July 14, 2017 Kiss Kissworld Tour This concert was part of Chicago Open Air.


Pace operates the #387 SeatGeek Stadium Express nonstop from the Midway Orange Line Station for Chicago Fire matches and special events.[44] A $2.475 million transit center operated by Pace was constructed at the east end of the stadium's parking lot in 2014.[45][46]

The Fire had also provided bus transportation from nine different bar locations in the city to and from the games.[47] However upon moving back to Soldier Field that service is no longer offered for SeakGeek Stadium.

See alsoEdit


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External linksEdit

  • SeatGeek Stadium official website
  • SeatGeek Stadium at
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