Toyota Park

Toyota Park
Toyota Stadium logo.svg
Toyota Park, 9 March 2013.jpg
Toyota Park in March 2013
Former namesBridgeview Stadium
Address7000 South Harlem Avenue
LocationBridgeview, Illinois
Coordinates41°45′53″N 87°48′22″W / 41°45′53″N 87°48′22″W / 41.76472; -87.80611
OwnerVillage of Bridgeview
OperatorSpectra[1][2]
CapacitySoccer: 20,000[3][4]
Concerts: 28,000
Field size120 x 75 yards
SurfaceKentucky Bluegrass[5]
Construction
Broke groundNovember 30, 2004
OpenedJune 11, 2006
Construction cost$98 million
($119 million in 2017 dollars[6])
ArchitectRossetti Architects
Project managerICON Venue Group[7]
Structural engineerJohn A. Martin & Associates[8]
Services engineerA. Epstein & Sons International[8]
General contractorTurner Construction[7]
Tenants

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[9] 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.

Following the Chicago Fire's 2018 season, the stadium will adopt the name SeatGeek Stadium.[10][11][2]

Stadium

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.

Toyota Park is currently operated by Spectra.[1][2]

Naming rights

In 2006, Toyota entered into a ten-year naming rights agreement and renamed the new stadium Toyota Park.[2] In 2016, it was reported that Toyota had opted against renewing their naming rights.[12] Despite this, the stadium has continued to be known as Toyota Park, and will retain than name through the 2018 season. Afterwards, new sponsor SeatGeek will take over stadium naming rights starting with the 2019 Fire season.[10]

The naming rights agreement that was signed in 2018 is the first such agreement that SeatGeek has ever entered into.[1][2] It has been reported that, as part of the deal, SeatGeek will also serve as the venue's primary ticketing service, starting in 2019.[1] SeatGeek has reportedly promised that they will work to, "“bring more live programming, including premier concerts, music festivals and international sporting events” to the stadium.[1][11]

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