BRIDGEVIEW IL - SEPTEMBER 08: Fans of the Chicago Fire wave City of Chicago flags before an MLS match against Toronto FC on September 8 2010 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The Chicago Fire might be in the middle of a nine-day first team break from action but being a fan of the Fire can be a 24/7 kind of thing if you want it to be. Keep reading for a quick hit on several Fire fan related notes but first, congratulations to Section 8 on hitting 900 season ticket holders. Can you feel the 1,000 mark coming?
The most important thing coming up is the monthly Section 8 Chicago board meeting this Thursday. Everyone and anyone is invited to attend these meetings. This meeting is taking place at The Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace, at 7:00 PM on Thursday, April 7th. Some of the items up for discussion are Manchester United coming to Solider Field, Road Trip info, Columbus trip now that the team is paying for free buses, taking the Tailgate to the next level, a 2011 Education Initiative (podcast, zine, fliers, photographers), Tifo update, Upcoming Watch Party plans, new Merchandise, and as always, some open discussion. I'm glad to see 'next level tailgate' being on the agenda. I thought the tailgate for the home opener was somewhat lacking. Providing food for over 900 people will be a big issue. Equally important is donating to the tailgate if you are partaking. With so many fans and so many NEW fans, it might be best to build a larger tent and even require fans to pay $5. These are not hurdles that can't be overcome but a good debate is required. If you had any thoughts on the tailgate, drop a line to michael(at) section8chicago.com.
On a lighter note, the Section 8 Education Initiative includes things like a new podcast wonderfully titled "Hot Mess". It is all kinds of awesome... but at times not for the weak of heart either. Give them feedback, provide them with some backup music, or give some ideas by writing them at hotmesscf97(at)gmail.com.
Section 8 is hosting its watch party for the Seattle Sounders game this Saturday at the Globe Pub. Full info is Saturday, April 9 @ 3:00 PM - Globe Pub, 1934 W. Irving Park. We'll have a watch party post later in the week. If you have a watch party you want mentioned, E-mail us at HotTimeInOldTown(at)gmail.com.
If you like free soccer, you'll love the promotion the Chicago Fire PDL team has going on. The first 500 people to 'like' their facebook page will receive a free season ticket for their 8 home games at Evanston Township High School. The regular home season kicks off on May 21st. Check out their page for more details.
Going back to Section 8, take a look at their 'Better Know a Capo' series. Madmen of the Capo Stand Part 1: Ethan Faure, Josh Graning, and Jason Zagraniczny. Madmen of the Capo Stand Part 2: Peter 'Chow' Bychowski, Pattrick Stanton, and Marcin Tlustochowicz. Being a capo really is an extraordinaire act. You love the game so much, you turn your back the entire time and lead the crowd. Thank you to the 'Madman of the Capo Stand'. Keep up the madness.
Finally, here are some links to media coverage the Peoria travelers received: