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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.
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.