Joe Mansueto

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Chicago Fire announce return to Soldier Field

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Chicago Fire owner Joe Mansueto confirmed that the club is moving back to Soldier Field, returning the Fire from the ‘burbs.

Using the occasion of the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, Mansueto also announced that the date of the Fire’s 2020 home opener, a March 21 date with Atlanta United.

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Chicago played at Soldier Field from 1998-2001 and 2003-05 before leaving for Bridgeview, Illinois, where it staged games at SeatGeek Stadium.

The Fire has not won an MLS Cup since leaving Soldier Field.

Soldier Field was renovated in 2003, and holds 61,500 spectators. It’s the home of the Chicago Bears.

The change will happen without legendary center midfielder turned center back Bastian Schweinsteiger, who is retiring.