Fire fans got the news they have all been waiting for: Soldier Field is now allowed to host fans to watch the Chicago Fire.
Fans will be able to watch the Fire at Soldier Field beginning with the club's home opener on April 17th against the New England Revolution. The club posted the announcement earlier today in conjunction with Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Under guidelines set by the Chicago Department of Public Health, Soldier Field will be allowed to host up to 25% of its capacity, which is roughly 15,500.
The Fire's average attendance over the last three seasons was roughly 14,800 per game, but fans will be eager and excited to watch the Fire play at their original home for the first time since 2005. That should drive up ticket demand to the point available seats are sold out by kickoff.
"Today is an exciting day for the Club...We are looking forward to April 17, when fans will be able to cheer on the team in-person at Soldier Field. We welcome all Chicagoans to come see a game this year."
- Joe Mansueto, Owner and Chairman of Chicago Fire FC
A phased approach will be followed as only 100- and 200-level sections of the stadium will be opened first. Social distancing will be required, as will wearing masks unless eating or drinking at your seat. Other health and safety protocols include staggered entry times, designated entry gates, and hand sanitizers throughout the facility.
As expected, season and partial plan ticket holders will get first access to tickets before the general public.