US Open Cup Match To Be Played In Peoria

Since playing a US Open Cup qualifying match at Toyota Park was apparently not an option, the Fire have announced that the March 30 match up against the Colorado Rapids will be played at Bradley University’s Shea Stadium in Peoria. 

While the Fire have played Open Cup matches in Peoria before, 2008 against the Crew was the last one, staging a match three hours from their home field on a Wednesday night will make it difficult for most local supporter’s to attend.  Section 8 Chicago is arranging travel plans for all interested in making the trek.

I would hope that live internet streaming is made available for this one. 

Filed under: U.S. Open Cup

Tags: Chicago Fire, US Open Cup


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  • New All In podcast (Barouch and Videira guests)......

  • polls players about the toughest places to play.....

    I think they're confusing toughest places to play with best support in each stadium...the two aren't one and the same but they make it sound that way.

    Toyota Park is #5.

  • In reply to cesba:

    If it were the other way, TP would be much, much lower.

  • In reply to cesba:

    If any of you complaining about the location of the US Open Cup are so butt-hurt about it, it would have been great to have seen your ugly mus out at the Q&A with Julian Posada. I don't give a rat's ass about your opinion of the man, but make sure you ask the questions to those in charge.

    There are requirements that have to be met to host a US Open Cup match, both for field and venue. None of the locations in the area that were investigated panned out in the timeframe they needed once the date was announced. And yes, SEVERAL locations were discussed at the Q&A, so don' blame the Fire for going with a location that is/was friendly, had a record draw, and was/is easy enough for most to get to.....and yes, I say that as a non-driver.

    Bus info will be announced within the next few days.

    On a different note; get out to support the club. Start with Tuesday's match AT Toyota Park for the Academy kids, they'll be playing the Mexico National U-17's. Beer bus and match ticket available through Section 8 Chicago for $15--just to to their website for more info.

  • This is CRAP. Not that I could attend (live in the Mid-Atlantic now), but still...

  • So many closer places to Chicago, I don't know what the benefit is playing in Peoria?

  • In reply to Adam25:

    Peoria? Just another classic example of the Incompetence of
    The Fire Front Office Staff. They say they want to promote the
    team and want to tap into the hughe Soccer Fan base in Chicago
    and its Suburbs. "Then these Idiots select Peoria."

  • In reply to Adam25:

    Last time they played an Open Cup qualifier in Peoria, they drew 3,829 people.

    Last year vs. Charleston at Toyota Park - 2,526

    Sucks it won't be at Toyota Park but if you're only getting that much in for an Open Cup match in the summer, how much do you think they'll get for a qualifier in March?

    The cost of opening the stadium to only get 2-3 thousand people probably isn't worth it... Not saying I like it, just saying Bradley probably gave them a decent deal and can get a good number out...

  • In reply to trendingarea:

    We do share some of the blame in this, if we show up in respectable numbers for these matches it is a non issue to host them at Toyota Park. I hate to say it but we can't call out DLC for not taking the Open Cup seriously last year if we don't show up ourselves.

  • In reply to DerSting:

    Have to agree with you on this one.

  • In reply to DerSting:

    Northwestern's Lakeside Field would have been a better choice. Even Loyola U's field is OK (no parking though). Is Peoria really a better deal financially? It must have been.

  • In reply to DerSting:

    agreed, i was there last year and with 2 for 1 tickets you couldn't beat it.

  • In reply to DerSting:

    The last time the Fire played in Peoria there were some local sponsorship deals around the game. With ticket sales and financial support for the game, the Fire probably came out okay on money. This is not to say it is the best choice, but why Peoria is a consideration.
    Apparently the Fire and Crew were going to play in Peoria last year if both advanced. Of course, we know how that turned out.

  • In reply to DerSting:

    I'll be there!! It's only about 2 1/2 hours from St Louis.
    BTW--whatever happened to the announcement of another forward??? OH, his ITC was lost!! LOL

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    There's another forward they're looking at but according to Klopas they also have different options. (possible trades or allocation switching hands)

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    "The Don" teleconference is on

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Off topic - did anyone get their season tix yet?

  • In reply to JeannieH:

    Yes, last October . . . oh, you mean received them?! No.

  • In reply to fireman451:

    Haven't gotten mine either. Jeff Crandall said they should be mailing out the middle of this month. From what I've gathered from the talk going on in numerous places, it should be anytime next week.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    TFC trades Nick Labrocca to Chivas USA for Alan Gordon

  • In reply to cesba:

    Whats the plan for tomorrow?

  • In reply to Adam25:

    Live chat...I'll have a post up shortly.

  • In reply to Adam25:

    The Chicago-Fire is suposed to be a "Chicago Team"
    There are a lot of Soccer Stadiums in Chicago and nearby Suburbs.
    They "Dont have to go all the way to Peoria."
    "The Idiots in Charge should have picked a Facility in Chicago."

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