Fire Stadium Candidates: Bridgeview, Bridgeport, Soldier Field

Discussion in 'Chicago Fire' started by alf, Oct 12, 2003.

  1. alf

    alf Member+

    Jun 29, 1999
    Illinois
    Club:
    Chicago Red Stars
    Fire Stadium: Down to TWO

    http://www.dailysouthtown.com/southtown/dssports/pro/113sd9.htm

    http://www.suntimes.com/output/fire/cst-spt-fire11.html
     
  2. Fanaddict

    Fanaddict Member+

    Mar 9, 2000
    streamwood IL USA
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I would be surprised if the two sites that remain in the running are not Bridgeview and the one near sox park.
     
  3. Fuhrer

    Fuhrer New Member

    May 25, 2003
    Elmwood Park, IL
    I hope that when they will build a chicago fire stadium it won't have less then 30k seats.
     
  4. Fanaddict

    Fanaddict Member+

    Mar 9, 2000
    streamwood IL USA
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    If they do build one it will be for around 25,000.
     
  5. Fuhrer

    Fuhrer New Member

    May 25, 2003
    Elmwood Park, IL
    I guess 25k isn't too bad, but more seats will = more money for the fire in the long run.
     
  6. Fanaddict

    Fanaddict Member+

    Mar 9, 2000
    streamwood IL USA
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Less seats will me more people will buy season tickets and tickets in advance. Money in the bank ahead of time. Then when the weather isn't great you still have those tickets sold.We aren't going to draw 30,000 too often. In fact I doubt if we will have even 20,000 for the 10/18 game.
     
  7. alf

    alf Member+

    Jun 29, 1999
    Illinois
    Club:
    Chicago Red Stars
    Not if you don't sell out every single game. The point is to create demand. The goal is to sell out the game before the game. Increase season ticket sales. Smaller is better to create an more intimate atmosphere... When the Fire can fill 30,000 seats everygame, then you can always expand.
     
  8. Fuhrer

    Fuhrer New Member

    May 25, 2003
    Elmwood Park, IL
    Eh ok then. Well 25k would be fine then I guess.
     
  9. bunge

    bunge BigSoccer Supporter

    Oct 24, 2000
    That was the most polite conversation I've ever read on BigSoccer.
     
  10. Segroves must be on vacation.
     
  11. fatboy15

    fatboy15 New Member

    Mar 31, 2000
    LaPorte, IN, USA
    Yes, but you're forgetting the whole concept of dead-weight loss...(i heard that word in my econ course for my minor. does anybody out there know if that makes sense?)
     
  12. According to the sales people the 10/18 game is selling as well as the re-opener did.
     
  13. Greddy

    Greddy Member

    Jun 24, 2003
    Chicago
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yeah, but wait til all the Cub fan/ ticket holders realize that saturday is game one of the series.
     
  14. Kqql

    Kqql Member

    Sep 22, 2003
    Looks like Fire will stick around at SF.
     
  15. FairWeatherFan

    Sep 9, 2002
    Chicago
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    when this future expansion occurs, will we get to go back to Naperville during construction time?

    ps- Sox Park. My vote is in.
     
  16. Fanaddict

    Fanaddict Member+

    Mar 9, 2000
    streamwood IL USA
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Once we get a stadium any expansion would be accomplished without us having to move out.
     
  17. JeffGMc

    JeffGMc Member

    Oct 14, 2000
    New York City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    It would make more sense to move back to SF for that summer.
     
  18. HalaMadrid

    HalaMadrid Member

    Apr 9, 1999
    Yeah, that's what i'm thinking there.
     
  19. -cman-

    -cman- New Member

    Apr 2, 2001
    Clinton, Iowa
    Watching the Crew game via the Shootout package, which was using the Columbus commentating and Fox crew, the commnetators mentioned that they had heard from PW (and I am paraphrasing here, but the general emphasis is correct) "In strong terms that the Fire would like to stay along the lakefront. There are several proposals still in the running but they would have to be very attractive to make the fire move from SF."

    Nothing particularly new there but their emphasis on PW's emphasis that the Fire are pretty happy with the SF deal was a bit surprising.

    Personally, anything that gets us away from gridiron lines during the most exciting part of the season would be well worth the effort.
     
  20. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    I'm sure new Solider Field is beautiful, but as a soccer fan, I would be disapointed if the team was so enamored with its new surroundings that they passed on having their own barn and all that goes with it.

    It's not just the gridiron lines or the scheduling conflcts or the control of revenue, it's just the prestige of having your own place and the bump that gives both the league and the club and the feeling you get when you're in a place that is sold out or close to it, which just isn't going to happen in an NFL venue.

    Right now, Solider Field is New P***y and everyone always loves New P***y. But you should not let getting some New P***y cloud your judgement about what is really for your best long term interests.

    BTW, in the off chance you don't know what P***y is, feel free to IM me.
     
  21. Fanaddict

    Fanaddict Member+

    Mar 9, 2000
    streamwood IL USA
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I figured the Fire would eliminate Hanover Park and Hoffman Estates as just too far from the center of the metro area. I consider downtown chicago as the center despite what maps show.
     
  22. alf

    alf Member+

    Jun 29, 1999
    Illinois
    Club:
    Chicago Red Stars
    [Cleaned up thread. Lets keep this on topic and appropriate please]


    I would expect an annoucement in a week... Or sometime right before playoffs.
     
  23. HalaMadrid

    HalaMadrid Member

    Apr 9, 1999
    I'd say definitely MLS Cup, if there is an announcement at all.
     
  24. Eric B

    Eric B Member

    Feb 21, 2000
    the LBC
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Is that 60-90 days?
     

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