The ceremonial groundbreaking will be Nov. 30.
Chicago Fire

Stadium groundbreaking set for Nov. 30

CHICAGO - The Chicago Fire, its parent company, AEG, and the Village of Bridgeview announced Thursday that they will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking for Bridgeview's new stadium. The historic event, which will also serve to unveil the new stadium renderings, will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 2:00 p.m. at the site of the Fire's future permanent home on 71st Street and Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview, IL. Construction for Chicagoland's newest world-class sports and entertainment venue will conclude with the grand opening of the stadium, which is scheduled for Spring of 2006.

The 20,000-seat, $70 million stadium will be located at 71st and Harlem on approximately 100 acres. The Fire will be the stadium's primary tenant, and the site will house the team's offices and official training center. AEG will operate and manage the stadium for the Village. The stadium will be a multi-purpose facility, serving as a major concert venue and a resource for the rapidly growing youth soccer communities and the Southland area at large.

WHAT: Groundbreaking & Unveiling of Renderings for Bridgeview Stadium

WHO: Village of Bridgeview Mayor Steve Landek, AEG President and CEO Timothy J. Leiweke, Chicago Fire President and GM Peter Wilt, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, Chicago Fire Players and Coaches

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 2:00 p.m. CT

WHERE: Stadium Site at 71st & Harlem in Bridgeview, IL


From Chicago: Take I-55 South to Harlem. South to 71st Street (Northwest corner)

From I-294: Exit I-294 at 95th Street. East on 95th to Harlem. North on Harlem to 71st (Northwest corner)