WLUP's Hector to dribble soccer ball from downtown Chicago to Fire's new ome, Toyota Park, Friday beginning at 9 a.m. CT

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.- The Chicago Fire has teamed up with local radio station WLUP 97.9 FM to have Hector from the Jonathan Brandmeier show raise funds for the Fire's charitable arm, the FireWorks For Kids Foundation, and its Kicks for Kids Program. On Friday, June 23 at 9:00 a.m., Hector will dribble a soccer ball from the WLUP studio in downtown Chicago to the club's brand new stadium, TOYOTA PARK, in Bridgeview, Illinois. It is expected that Hector's 14-mile dribble from WLUP (at the Merchandise Mart) to TOYOTA PARK will last approximately eight hours. Hector will need all the support he can get, and Chicago Fire fans are asked to join in on the fun by following Hector from the start to the end or by making a donation. A rest stop / reception is scheduled to take place along the way at LA CHIQUITA No. 1 Restaurant, located at 3555 West 26th Street in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood.

Fans are asked to show their support for Hector by pledging a dollar amount for every mile he travels. Fans can click on the links below to donate to the FireWorks For Kids Foundation and Kicks For Kids Program, which supports organizations whose programs provide educational and recreational opportunities for economically or otherwise challenged children.

The Fire will officially open its home schedule at TOYOTA PARK this Sunday, June 25 in the Grand Opening Match against the New York Red Bulls (6:00 p.m, CSN). More than 20,000 fans are expected to attend the event. Individual game tickets for Sunday's game or any of the Fire's remaining home games during its Inaugural Season at TOYOTA PARK can be purchased through Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 312-559-1212 or visiting Tickets can also be purchased in person at the TOYOTA PARK Ticket Office, located at 7000 S. Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. CT. To order season tickets or for group discounts, please call 1-888-MLS-FIRE.

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About Chicago Fire Soccer
Chicago Fire Soccer was founded on October 8, 1997 as a Major League Soccer expansion team. The Fire won the MLS Cup in its inaugural season in 1998 and was crowned the champion of U.S. Soccer's national tournament, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, in 1998, 2000 and 2003. The Fire moved into its 20,000-seat permanent, world-class home of TOYOTA PARK in Bridgeview in June 2006.

TOYOTA PARK, owned by the Village of Bridgeview and operated by a division of AEG, is a multipurpose sports and entertainment venue located approximately 15 minutes southwest of Chicago. Serving as the permanent home to the Major League Soccer team Chicago Fire and operated by AEG, the stadium will also feature a regular line-up of sporting, live entertainment, and special events. For more information, please visit,

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