|Former names||Bridgeview Stadium|
|Location||7000 South Harlem Avenue
Bridgeview, Illinois 60455
|Owner||Village of Bridgeview|
|Operator||Village of Bridgeview|
|Field size||120 x 75 yards|
|Surface||Kentucky Bluegrass|
|Broke ground||November 30, 2004|
|Opened||June 11, 2006|
|Construction cost||$98 million
($115 million in 2016 dollars)
|Project manager||ICON Venue Group|
|Structural engineer||John A. Martin & Associates|
|Services engineer||A. Epstein & Sons International|
|General contractor||Turner Construction|
|Chicago Fire (MLS) (2006–present)
Chicago Machine (MLL) (2007–2009)
Chicago Red Stars (WPS, NWSL) (2009–2010, 2016–present)
Chicago Bliss (LFL) (2011–2012, 2015–present)
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 located 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 Bliss of the Legends Football League (LFL), and the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). The Red Stars had played at the park too as members of Women's Professional Soccer. The stadium has hosted the Chicago Machine of Major League Lacrosse. Toyota Park was developed at a cost of around $100 million, with a stadium capacity of 20,000. The facility opened June 11, 2006.
Designed to incorporate traditional stadium features from both 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 of natural grass; the other of artificial turf) for the Fire club and its youth programs lies adjacent to the stadium. The stadium's design intends future 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.
The stadium's design includes a permanent stage, to facilitate not only hosting concerts but also quick conversions from one configuration to the other. 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.
On September 10, 2008 the stadium hosted a 2010 World Cup qualifying match between USA and Trinidad and Tobago resulting in a 3–0 victory for the US team. 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.
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.
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. Toyota Park also serves as the home site for Roosevelt University men's and women's soccer matches.
Since 2006, Toyota Park has been the host venue for Chicago radio station B96's annual summer concert, The B96 Pepsi Summer Bash. The Crossroads Guitar Festival was held here on July 28, 2007 and again on June 26, 2010. A new three-day, all-electronic music festival, Future Sound Dance Music Festival, will be hosted at Toyota Park May 24–26, 2013. The Chicago Open Air festival will be held there on July 15–17, 2016. This will be a 3-day rock festival put on by Danny Wimmer Presents.
Chicago Fire provides bus transportation from nine different bar locations in the city to and from the games.
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. In 2016, Bridgeview mayor Steven Landek announced plans for an inflatable sports dome to be built in the northern park of the lot, replacing the old sports dome that had collapsed in an ice storm. Additionally, a $2.475 million transit center operated by Pace is under construction at the east end of the stadium's parking lot.
Men's and Women's Soccer Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL
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2006 – present