Toyota Park is the home stadium for the Chicago Fire, members of Major League Soccer (MLS). Located at 71st Street and Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview, Illinois, it is a soccer-specific stadium and concert venue developed at a cost of more than $100 million. The facility opened June 11, 2006.
The Village of Bridgeview recently approved development on of the stadium site near the corner of 71st and Harlem for two mid-range hotels, an indoor water park, four to six restaurants, and other retail to begin construction in late 2007.
Toyota Park also hosts the Chicago Machine of Major League Lacrosse, and will be the home of the Chicago Red Stars of Women's Professional Soccer beginning in the 2009 season. Only the stadium's east end stands are used for lacrosse. The stadium will host a 2010 World Cup qualifying match between USA and Trinidad and Tobago.
A practice facility with two fields (one natural grass, one turf) for the Fire club and its youth programs is adjacent to the stadium. According to statements by then Fire President John Guppy, the stadium's design has the planned-in ability for expansion to 30,000 seats without great cost in anticipation of future attendance growth. The natural grass stadium field includes a $1.7 million turf management system including full heating, drainage, and aeration capabilities and measures long by wide.
A permanent stage was incorporated into the stadium design to not only facilitate hosting concerts but also to be able to quickly change from stage configuration to soccer configuration and vice-versa. A typical conversion takes less than 18 hours to complete, and an additional 8,000 chairback seats can be accommodated on the field for concerts and other stage events.
Stadium naming rights were reportedly agreed upon as early as summer 2005 with Bridgeview Bank Group to name the facility Bridgeview Bank Stadium, but talks repeatedly broke down and subsequently reopened. In 2006, Toyota announced that it had entered into a 10-year naming rights agreement with the Village of Bridgeview, as the stadium was renamed Toyota Park.