Toyota Park

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This article is about the soccer stadium near Chicago, Illinois. For the two soccer stadiums in Texas see Toyota Stadium and Toyota Field. For other uses, see Toyota Park (disambiguation).
Toyota Park
Toyota Stadium logo.svg
Toyota Park Home of Chicago Fire.JPG
Former names Bridgeview Stadium
Address 7000 South Harlem Avenue
Location Bridgeview, Illinois
Coordinates 41°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
Owner Village of Bridgeview
Operator Village of Bridgeview
Capacity Soccer: 20,000[1]
Concerts: 28,000
Field size 120 x 75 yards
Surface Kentucky Bluegrass[citation needed]
Construction
Broke ground November 30, 2004
Opened June 11, 2006
Construction cost $98 million
($115 million in 2016 dollars[2])
Architect Rossetti Architects
Project manager ICON Venue Group[3]
Structural engineer John A. Martin & Associates[4]
Services engineer A. Epstein & Sons International[4]
General contractor Turner Construction[3]
Tenants
Chicago Fire (MLS) (2006–present)
Chicago Red Stars (WPS, NWSL) (2009–2010, 2016–present)
Chicago Bliss (LFL) (2011–2012, 2015–present)
Chicago Machine (MLL) (2007–2009)
Roosevelt University Lakers men's and women's soccer (NAIA)
Northwestern Wildcats men's and women's soccer (NCAA) (2015)

Toyota Park is a soccer-specific stadium at 71st Street and Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview, Illinois, about twelve miles southwest of downtown Chicago. It is the home stadium of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club of Major League Soccer (MLS), the Chicago Red Stars[5] of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), and the Chicago Bliss of the Legends Football League (LFL). The stadium has also hosted the Chicago Machine of Major League Lacrosse. Toyota Park was developed at a cost of around $100 million, with a capacity of 20,000. The facility opened June 11, 2006.[6]

Stadium[edit]

Toyota Park in March 2013

Incorporating traditional stadium features from American and European facilities, Toyota Park includes predominantly covered seating, a brick facade and stone entry archway, and first rows placed fewer than three yards from the field. It includes forty two 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 yard by 75 yard 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 eighteen hours. The field accommodates eight thousand additional chairback seats for concerts and other stage events.

In 2006, Toyota entered into a ten-year naming rights agreement and renamed the new stadium Toyota Park. In August 2016, it was announced in the local news circulars that Toyota chose not to renew the naming rights. The stadium will still be known as Toyota Park for the foreseeable future, as no new naming rights agreements have been announced. [7]

Major soccer events[edit]

Date Teams Competition Attendance
September 10, 2008[8] United States  3–0  Trinidad and Tobago 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – CONCACAF Third Round 11,452
October 11, 2016[9] Mexico  1–0  Panama Friendly 19,017

On November 27, 2010, Toyota Park 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.[10][11]

Toyota Park was the venue for the 2006 MLS All-Star Game in which the MLS side defeated Chelsea F.C. 1–0.[12]

The stadium also hosted the 2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup's final in which Chicago Fire defeated Los Angeles Galaxy 3–1.[13]

Toyota Park 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.

Toyota Park hosted four matches during the group stage of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

Other sports events[edit]

Toyota Park 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 v. Canada, England v. Scotland, and Ireland v. Argentina. 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.[14] Toyota Park also serves as the home site for Roosevelt University men's and women's soccer matches.[15]

Music events[edit]

The concert stage at Toyota Park, as seen during the 2010 B96 Pepsi Summer Bash

Since 2006,[16] Toyota Park has been the host venue for Chicago radio station B96's annual summer concert, The B96 Pepsi Summer Bash.[17] The Crossroads Guitar Festival was held here 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 Toyota Park May 24–26, 2013. The Chicago Open Air festival was held there from July 15–17, 2016. It was a 3-day rock festival put on by Danny Wimmer Presents.

Accessibility[edit]

Pace operates the #387 Toyota Park Express nonstop from the Midway Orange Line Station for Chicago Fire matches and special events.[18]

Chicago Fire provides bus transportation from nine different bar locations in the city to and from the games.[19]

Panoramic view of Toyota Park on June 8, 2013 during the MLS regular season match between Chicago Fire and Portland Timbers. Downtown Chicago is visible on the horizon on the left.

Economic development[edit]

In 2015, a Shell gas station and Circle K convenience store opened at the east end of the stadium's parking lot, accessible from Harlem Avenue.[20] Additionally, a $2.475 million transit center operated by Pace is under construction at the east end of the stadium's parking lot.[21][22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fun Within Reach". Toyota Park. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved October 21, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Toyota Park". Iconvenue.com. June 11, 2006. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Built for Sports and Showbiz". Sports Business Journal. Street's and Smith's. July 10, 2006. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Chicago Red Stars to Play 2016 Season at Toyota Park". Chicago Red Stars. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  6. ^ http://www.worldofstadiums.com/north-america/united-states/illinois/toyota-park/
  7. ^ "AEG and Toyota Announce Naming Rights Partnership for New Bridgeview Stadium". Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ "USA vs Trinidad and Tobago". September 10, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Peralta nets winner as Mexico tops Panama". October 11, 2016. 
  10. ^ uefa.com. "Italy fall to United States as lineup confirmed". Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  11. ^ FIFA.com. "FIFA USA beat Italy to seal final spot". Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  12. ^ mlssoccer.com. "MLS All-Star Game 2006". Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  13. ^ ussoccer.com. "Chicago Fire Defeat L.A. Galaxy, 3-1, to Win Fourth U.S. Open Cup Title". Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  14. ^ bbc.co.uk. "United States 15-48 Wales". Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  15. ^ "ATHLETIC FACILITIES". rooseveltlakers.com. Roosevelt University. Retrieved June 14, 2015. Men's and Women's Soccer Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL 
  16. ^ allaccess.com. "B96 Announces Summer Bash Lineup In Chicago". Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  17. ^ b96.radio.com. "B96 Pepsi SummerBash". Archived from the original on March 17, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  18. ^ pacebus.com. "Toyota Park Express Bus Service". Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  19. ^ "2016 Chicago Fire Pub To Pitch Bus Schedule". chicago-fire.com. Retrieved June 28, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Circle K to arrive at Toyota Park". January 31, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Pace selects Toyota Park for new transit center" (PDF). October 2013. 
  22. ^ "Lipinski announces construction of new transit center at Toyota Park". November 12, 2013. 

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Preceded by
Soldier Field
Home of
Chicago Fire

2006 – present
Succeeded by
current home