The Chicago Red Stars will play their 2014 home opener at Toyota Park as part of a doubleheader with the Chicago Fire. When the league schedule was announced last week the Red Stars had TBD in the venue column for the April 19 match against the Flash. The Red Stars will kick off at 6:45 p.m. EDT (5:45 local) after the Fire play the New England Revolution. One ticket will be good for admission to both games.
”This is something we’ve been dreaming about since the Red Stars were founded,” general manager Alyse LaHue said in a release. “It is really special for Chicago sports fans to see a men’s and a women’s team collaborating on an initiative like this.
“We thank the Chicago Fire for welcoming us into their home and are excited about future possibilities to come.”
Atul Khosla, Chief Operating Officer for the Fire, also pointed toward future partnerships between the clubs. “Like the Fire, the Red Stars play a critical role in growing the game here in Chicago and we look forward to more opportunities to partner together in the future.”
The Red Stars played home matches at Toyota Park in 2009 and 2010. They dropped out of the first flight in 2011, partially due to the high costs of playing at Toyota, where they played standalone dates. The doubleheader format, The Equalizer has learned, offers cost benefits that make the move attractive.
The remainder of the Red Stars home schedule will be played at Benedictine University Sports Complex where the club played in 2013.
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