Now is your chance! Tomorrow the Riot will be having a Brainstorming Session, in which fans are invited to join Peter Wilt and Jeff Kraft. The event will take place at the Odeum Lounge, and fans will be asked to brainstorm ideas on how to market the Riot to the Chicagoland area. Attendees will be entered in a drawing to win a prize, as well as be able to tour the arena and look at views from the different sections of the arena. There will be a cash bar with beer, soft drinks, and food.
I think it's amazing that your average fan gets to have their input heard DIRECTLY by the owner of a professional soccer club. I was able to speak with Peter during an interview we posted on the site, and I can tell you from experience he cares about what each and every person will have to say. In the interview he mentions fans as being a top priority and having an integral part of the organization and functioning of the team, and he is starting right off the bat getting fan input. Truly an incredible experience that you should try to attend if possible. Join me after the break for a couple of other Riot blurbs...
One of the great things about the Fire is affordable season ticket packages, no matter what your budget. The Riot also have fantastic deals to catch all the wonderful MISL action in their inaugural season. Check out this link to the Riot's website for full season ticket info. It's insane that you can get season tickets for only $199 at midfield! Can't get much closer to the action than that, plus everyone parks for free.
Also don't forget to sign up for the Riot's official newsletter. It will keep you up to date on all things Chicago Riot. I know I am excited for the club to start playing. I won't be able to make a lot of games due to my personal distance, I will definitely make one every time I am in the area and the Riot happen to be playing at home. I will admit that I don't know much about the MISL and I have never been to an indoor soccer match, but after talking with Peter, I would jump at the opportunity to see in a Riot match. I think it's wonderful for Chicago to be getting a team that cares as much about the community/fans as the fans care about the team. Much like the Fire, the team will be very involved in the community. If you combine that with the cheap cost of actually attending games and the fact that the venue itself is so intimate, you can't really go wrong.
If you're like me, you can't wait to see our beloved Fire in action again. And, if you're like me, you also hate the winter. What better way to pass these next cold Chicago months than to catch a few Riot games? The season ends in early March, just in time to transition into another Chicago Fire campaign. Hopefully there will be hardware won in both indoor and outdoor Chicago soccer in 2011.