Weekly update: Be there opening day

Fire's Special "Home Opener Holiday Pack" Deals Available Through Thursday
When the Fire steps onto the lush new field in its state-of-the-art stadium in Bridgeview next season, don't expect there to be an empty seat in the house. To guarantee your spot at next spring's historic first game at Bridgeview Stadium - and to keep you warm during the off-season - the Fire is now offering two "Home Opener Holiday Pack" packages just in time for the holiday season. Through this Thursday, Dec. 22, the Fire is offering a $200 package that includes four Premier level tickets for opening day and two Firehouse vouchers to be used for regular season Fire games, along with a Fleece Pack that includes a set of red fleece gloves, scarf, and an ear band that displays the Chicago Fire logo.

The Fire is also offering a $160 package that includes four Corner Kick level tickets for opening day and two Firehouse vouchers to be used for regular season home games along with the Fleece Pack. As a bonus, the first 200 fans to order either package will receive a complimentary red fleece Chicago Fire blanket, perfect for bundling up for the upcoming winter chill - or next year's late-season games! For more information regarding the "Home Opener Holiday Pack," or any other ticket packages available for the 2006 season at Bridgeview Stadium, please call 1-888-MLS-FIRE or visit

Season Tickets for Inaugural Season at Bridgeview Stadium on Sale
The Fire has kicked off its public on-sale for 2006 Season Tickets at Bridgeview Stadium, giving fans the opportunity to choose their seats for the club's inaugural season at the new, world-class facility, located on the corner of 71st Street and Harlem in Bridgeview. Fans can pick out their seats by checking out the Bridgeview seating chart in the Ticket section at For more information on the public on-sale and the Bridgeview Stadium project, please call 1-888-MLS-FIRE or visit

Get Them While They're Hot! Club Seat Selection Process at Bridgeview Stadium Now Underway
Club seat selection for the Fire's inaugural season at Bridgeview Stadium began on Dec. 15 for all current season ticket holders. Club seat sections are currently 70% sold out, so now is the time to place your order and save your spot for the Fire's historic 2006 season in the Chicago Southland. Located at mid-field on the stadium's East side, the Fire's club seats offer the unique combination of the best sightlines for exciting Fire soccer and other special events and are perfect for entertaining clients, closing business deals, recognizing employees, or simply relaxing and enjoying the game. For a full list of all the benefits Bridgeview Stadium Club Seating has to offer, please contact the Fire's Premium Seating Department at 312-705-7230 or visit for more details.

Fire Enters 2006 MLS SuperDraft With Six Selections
The Chicago Fire will enter the 2006 MLS SuperDraft with six of the draft's 48 picks, including the 10th overall selection. The 2006 MLS SuperDraft will be held on Friday, January 20, 2006 in Philadelphia, Pa. in conjunction with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Fire currently holds four slots in the draft's second round - the 14th, 19th, 20th and 22nd overall selections - but will be forced to hand over one of those picks to FC Dallas to complete last year's draft day deal that sent goalkeeper Henry Ring to Dallas in exchange for the 29th overall selection in last year's draft, which Chicago used to take eventual 2005 Gatorade Rookie of the Year finalist and 2005 Fire/Budweiser Golden Boot winner Chris Rolfe. Chicago will round out the 2006 MLS SuperDraft with its natural third round (34th overall) and fourth round (46th overall) selections.

Fire to Play at Dallas and Columbus During First Month of 2006 MLS Regular Season Campaign
For the second straight year, the "Men in Red" will travel to Texas to take on FC Dallas in a season-starting showdown, this time on Saturday, Apr. 1, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. CT at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, TX. In addition to the opening day tilt at FC Dallas, the Fire has announced that it will serve as the opponent for the home opener of Eastern Conference rival Columbus Crew on Saturday, Apr. 15 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH. The two announced games are part of a series of road contests for the Fire that will lead up to the club's highly anticipated debut at its new permanent home of Bridgeview Stadium later in the spring of 2006. The complete 2006 MLS regular season schedule, including television broadcast information, will be released in the near future.

The Fire holds a 3-2-3 record in regular season openers, but will be looking to exact some revenge this year as both of its previous season-opening losses came on the road at the hands of FC Dallas in 2000 and 2005. Chicago currently trails the all-time regular season series with Dallas by a 10-12-1 margin, but the advantage for the "Hoops" shrinks to 14-15-2 when U.S. Open Cup and MLS Cup Playoff games are included. Two weeks after the opener against FC Dallas, the Fire will turn its attention to the Eastern Conference when it travels to the heart of Ohio to renew its rivalry with the Columbus Crew. After taking last year's series with a 2-1-1 record, Chicago is now 14-9-5 in MLS regular season match-ups against Columbus, including a 6-5-3 mark in road contests.


  • The Fire would like to congratulate the eight members of the 2005 Chicago Fire Premier (PDL) squad that have been invite to participate in the 2006 adidas MLS Player Combine, to be held at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA from Jan. 12-15, 2006. The eight players - Kyle Brown (Forward; Tulsa), Ray Burse (Goalkeeper; Ohio State), Omar Jarum (Forward; Dayton), Jimmy Klatter (Forward; Eastern Illinois), David Leung (Forward; Oral Roberts), Jeffrey Rowland (Forward; New Mexico), Daniel Wasson (Forward; Tulsa) and Lance Watson (Midfielder; New Mexico) - are among the 54 seniors from NCAA Division I teams named to the preliminary list of players, which will grow with the addition of players from NCAA Divisions II and III and NAIA institutions, and elite underclassmen and high school players who will be part of the next Generation adidas class.

  • The Fire Premier's eight players won't be the only ones with a connection to the Fire at the adidas MLS Player Combine. Georgetown defender Jeff Curtin, the brother of Fire defender Jim Curtin, has also been invited to work out for MLS coaches and scouts at The Home Depot Center next month.

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