|Former names||Bridgeview Stadium|
|Location||7000 South Harlem Avenue
Bridgeview, Illinois 60455
|Owner||Village of Bridgeview|
|Field size||120 x 75 yards|
|Broke ground||November 30, 2004|
|Opened||June 11, 2006|
|Construction cost||$98 million
($115 million in 2014 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 Bliss (LFL) (2011–2012)
Chicago Machine (MLL) (2007–2009)
Chicago Red Stars (WPS) (2009–2010)
Toyota Park is a soccer-specific stadium located at 71st Street and Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview, Illinois, about 12 miles southwest from downtown Chicago. It is the home stadium of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, members of Major League Soccer (MLS). Toyota Park was developed at a cost of around $100 million. The facility opened June 11, 2006. It also previously hosted the Chicago Machine of Major League Lacrosse and the Chicago Red Stars of Women's Professional Soccer. In 2011 and 2012, the Chicago Bliss of the Lingerie Football League also played in Toyota Park.
Designed to incorporate traditional stadium features from both American and European facilities, Toyota Park includes mostly covered seating, a brick facade and stone entry archway, and first rows that are less than three yards from the field. It also includes 42 executive suites, 6 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, one artificial turf) for the Fire club and its youth programs is adjacent to the stadium. The stadium's design is expandable to 30,000 seats without great cost for future growth. The natural grass stadium field includes a $1.7 million turf management system including full heating, drainage, and aeration capabilities and measures 120 yards (110 m) long by 75 yards (69 m) wide.
A permanent stage was incorporated into the stadium design to not only facilitate hosting concerts but also to be able to quickly change from stage configuration to soccer configuration and vice-versa. A typical conversion takes less than 18 hours to complete, and an additional 8,000 chairback seats can be accommodated on the field 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 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 from May 24–26, 2013.
Chicago Fire provides luxury bus transportation from five different bar locations in the city to and from the games.
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2006 – present