Who is Section 8 Chicago?
Section 8 Chicago is the Independent Supporters’ Association (ISA) for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club. The ISA is a registered 501(c)7 non-profit organization run by volunteers through an elected board of directors. The ISA represents all Fire supporters, organizing in-stadium support, road trips, tailgates, watch parties and social events.
Why “Section 8″?
Chicago Fire supporters’ groups mostly occupy an area in Toyota Park known as “Section 8″ or “The Harlem End”. “Section 8″ stems from its original location at pre-renovated Soldier Field. The name has stuck, despite changing stadiums and section numbers.
The Harlem End
At Toyota Park, the supporters’ section numbers are 116/117/118/119 in the north Harlem End of the stadium. Fire supporters are well known domestically for their non-stop chanting, colorful tifo displays and undying support of the club – showing a spirit and devotion typically associated with fans of large clubs worldwide.
Section 8 Chicago works on behalf of all fans – affiliated supporters’ groups and independent fans alike – to foster a true soccer community. The vision of the ISA is “. . . to unite all Chicago Fire fans, to create a dominant in-stadium force unseen in any American team sport and to establish a home field advantage whenever the Chicago Fire play.”
Board of Directors
The ISA exists to supplement the efforts of independent fans, coordinate between the supporters groups and act as liaison between all fans and the Chicago Fire Soccer Club. As a non-profit organization, a board of directors is elected yearly at the Annual General Meeting typically held in January by the assembled supporters.
In 2010 the ISA had an operating budget of just over $200,000, using money raised and donated to offer discounted road trip packages to encourage fans to support the team away from TOYOTA PARK, produce section related merchandise, pay for in-stadium tifo displays and to make considerable charitable donations as platinum donors to the Chicago Fire Foundation for the third consecutive year, giving $10,325 to the charity.