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Chicago Fire move a step closer to playing at Soldier Field after a Park District vote
SEP 11, 2019 | 2:35 PM

The Chicago Fire are a step closer to playing at Soldier Field as soon as next year.

On Wednesday, the Chicago Park District voted at its monthly board meeting to continue negotiations and enter into a permit and operating agreement for the Fire’s use of the 61,500-seat stadium starting with its 2020 MLS season.

Main elements of the agreement include a three-year term with extension options for eight more years, Juliet Azimi, chief administrative officer, said. The Fire would pay the Park District a use fee and for operating expenses for home games. The Park District also would receive a facility fee for each attendee, as well as a share of net revenue from parking, concessions and merchandise sales.

Past expected attendance was between 10,000 and 15,000, which Superintendent Michael Kelly said officials would be happy with. “But we’ll be happier if they achieve more than 25,000,” he said.
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