MLS: Fire to build $70 million stadium in Bridgeview

The Chicago Fire has signed an agreement with the Village of Bridgeview to build a $70 million, 20,000- to 25,000-seat soccer stadium in Chicago's Southland region that will house the Major League Soccer team permanently with a targeted move-in date of Spring 2006.

With last summer's completion of The Home Depot Center, home to MLS's Los Angeles Galaxy and all U.S. National Soccer Teams, the Columbus Crew Stadium (inaugurated in 1999), and a new stadium currently undergoing construction for the Dallas Burn in Frisco, Texas, the Fire house will become the fourth soccer-specific stadium in MLS.

Bridgeview is approximately 17 miles from downtown Chicago. The new stadium will be located at 79th and Harlem on approximately 60 acres. The Fire will operate as the stadium's primary tenant, and the site will house the team's offices and official team training center with an additional training field to be built adjacent to the stadium.

The stadium is expected to create more than 700 construction jobs, and nearly 350 new jobs -- 100 of them full time -- will be required for the operation of the facility once it opens. In addition, the activity brought by the stadium is expected to help inject more than 200 jobs in the local economy.

Similar to AEG's Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., the stadium will be a multi-purpose facility that can be used by the fast-growing youth soccer communities in the Southland region for camps, clinics and games. Additional planned uses are for NCAA and international soccer matches, high school football and concerts. Since its inauguration last June, The Home Depot Center has drawn more than 750,000 people to the 27,000-seat venue.

The new site will also be the center point of a re-development that is expected to include restaurants, theaters and other commercial establishments. A new 110-room AmeriSuites Hotel is planned adjacent to the proposed site to supplement the existing 7,000 hotel rooms in the area.

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