There’s no place like home

Chicago Fire builds family-friendly stadium in Bridgeview


 
 
 Going to a Major League Soccer game at Soldier Field in Chicago was always exciting, especially for kids who play soccer. And going to a Major League Soccer game at Toyota Park in Bridgeview is just as exciting, but a whole lot easier.

The 20,000-seat, $98 million stadium that opened in June is smaller and easier to navigate from the moment you enter the parking lot.

Even trips to the concession stands are easier—the walk is not long and the walkway offers a view of the field, so you don’t have to miss a minute of the action.

Be sure to arrive early to catch FireFest before the game.

Starting about an hour and a half before kickoff, the free program offers kids (and adults) a chance to kick a goal, win a hacky sack, jump in an inflatable or run through an obstacle course. My three soccer-playing daughters, ages 12, 9 and 7, all took part—but the games seemed to engage the younger two.

Inside the stadium, there are no bad seats.

General admission tickets are $20 in the "Fire House" section behind the north goal. Yes, they’re the least expensive seats in the stadium, but it’s general admission to the section and home to the hardcore fans, which can mean it’s not the best place for children.

Reserved seats in other sections range from $25-$45 per ticket.

The Fire also has special ticket offers for young fans including birthday parties and a free Kid’s Club.

Toyota Park is at 71st Street and Harlem Avenue. The parking is in three lots, $15 per car. Concession stands offer food from hot dogs ($2.75) and nachos ($4.75) to Italian sausage ($5) and churros ($3.25).

For more information, visit www.chicago-fire.com or call (888) MLS-FIRE (657-3473).

Jenny Du Brock

 
 





 
 
 
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