Next Toyota Park Opening Day: March 24, 2012

Long sleeves and gloves on the field and lots of coats in the stands? It's Chicago soccer in March.

I was driving around just this weekend thinking about how much I miss going to Toyota Park for Chicago Fire soccer.  Now we all have a target date for when the action will return: Saturday, March 24, 2012.  We don't know the time or the opponent just yet but hey let the countdown begin to the beginning of the Chicago Fire's 15th season.

  • Last season's home opener was on a bitterly cold March 26th afternoon.against Sporting KC
  • March 24th, 2011 kicked off a cold spell after Chicago had some 'decent March temperatures'.  Last year's season opener on March 19th saw good weather in both Dallas and Chicago
  • The Fire season opener will NOT be against the Columbus Crew, New England Revolution, Toronto FC, or the New York Red Bulls based on their home openers
  • Colorado and D.C host some potentially chilly games on March 10
  • Portland's home opener is on a Monday
  • Don't forget you can get in on the action by purchasing season tickets from Chicago Fire/Our City Our Club or Section 8 Chicago.  You can also call 1-888-MLS-FIRE (657-3473)

The full list of 2012 MLS home openers is after the break.   

2012 MLS Home Openers

 

WEEK 1

Saturday, March 10: Colorado Rapids, D.C. United, LA Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Sunday, March 11: Chivas USA, FC Dallas

Monday, March 12: Portland Timbers

 

WEEK 2

Saturday, March 17: Sporting Kansas City, Montreal Impact, Real Salt Lake

Sunday, March 18: Philadelphia Union

 

WEEK 3

Saturday, March 24: Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew, New England Revolution, Toronto FC

Sunday, March 25: New York Red Bulls

 

WEEK 10

Saturday, May 12: Houston Dynamo (new stadium opener)

 

Odds that the Chicago Fire will be playing in Houston on May 12?  I'm going with 3 to 1.

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