- Address: 7000 South Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview
- Country: United States
- Capacity: 20,000
- Opened: 11 June 2006
- Main use: Football, rugby union
- Tenants: Chicago Hounds (rugby union), Chicago Red Stars (football), Chicago State Cougars (football)
Extra stadium info – SeatGeek Stadium
The construction of the SeatGeek Stadium, which opened as the Toyota Park, started in 2004. The construction costs of the stadium were $98 million and it is known as a venue for several events, like concerts, field lacrosse, football and rugby union. Several world famous football clubs played at the SeatGeek Stadium. The venue hosted its first-ever FIFA World Cup qualifier in 2008, when the national football team of the United States defeated Trinidad and Tobago 3-0. The national rugby union team of the United States played various matches at the SeatGeek Stadium. The venue opened as the home of football club Chicago Fire.
The Chicago Hounds, the Chicago Red Stars and the Chicago State Cougars use the venue named SeatGeek Stadium for football matches. The Red Stars became one of the first women’s football clubs with home attendances above 10,000. The club was founded in 2006. The Chicago Red Stars perform in the National Women’s Soccer League, the most popular women’s football league in the United States.
Major League Soccer and the Chicago Fire
The Chicago Fire played numerous home games at the SeatGeek Stadium. They are Major League Soccer members. Major League Soccer became one of the first sports competitions with 1 million followers on its main social media page. In 1998, 36,000 people attended the first-ever Major League Soccer home game for the Chicago Fire. That year, they gathered 56 points in 32 MLS matches. They won 20 league games. Two league games ended in a draw and two league games ended in a loss. The Fire won their first-ever MLS Cup in their inaugural league season in 1998. The Chicago Fire won the title after beating DC United 2-0 in Pasadena in front of a crowd of 51,000. They reached the final after defeating the LA Galaxy from California at the Soldier Field. 32,000 fans attended the game.
In 2017, the Chicago Fire signed the world famous football player Bastian Schweinsteiger, who played in the 2014 FIFA World Cup final. He won the match with the national football team of Germany after defeating the Argentine Republic 1-0 in front of 74,000 spectators. Bastian Schweinsteiger also played for FC Bayern München and Manchester United FC, two of the first clubs with a FIFA Club World Cup title, before he moved to the Chicago Fire. Schweinsteiger became one of the first football players with 1 million followers on his main social media page.