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Sports Fans Can Take A Lesson from Section 8

Fred Huebner

Much more than a sports guy, a big fan of tv, movies and music, (classic rock). TV play-by-play man for the Chicago Fire. Between Sports Phone and The Score, I have covered and talked sports for 32 years in this town.

Saturday afternoon, I traveled to Toyota Park.  No, the Chicago Fire were not practicing, they are in the sun of Arizona getting ready for the start of the 2010 campaign.

The Fire supporters' group, Section 8, was having their Annual General Meeting.

About one hundred or so fans turned out, enjoyed socializing with their fellow fans, and enjoyed a beer or three before they got down to business.

Section 8 is a not for profit, independent supporter's association for the Chicago Fire soccer club.  Saturday was their day to elect and re-elect the Board of Directors for the upcoming season.

You see, all of the game day excitement that Section 8 provides for every home game, and them making their way to stadiums across Major League Soccer, to cheer on the "Men in Red", doesn't just happen automatically. 

These people are passionate about their team and about supporting them.

Besides the Chairperson, who oversees all Section 8 activities and presides over all meetings, six other Board of Directors positions were filled for the season, including Vice Chairperson, Director of Merchandise, Director of Communications, Director of Finances, Director of Operations, and Directors of Events.

Section 8 is a lot of work.  These people are serious their fun.  It's not easy to organize all of the tailgating, the game day events, the events away from the stadium, and the numerous road trips that the supporters take. 

Next season, when you head on out to a game and look in amazement at the fun that Section 8 is having, don't be afraid.  Walk on over at halftime or just after another Fire victory and find out more about how you can become part of the action.

If you can't wait for the April 10th home opener, check out their website at,



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Warren said:

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love it! Fire till I die!!!

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