MATCHDAY INFO: March 30 vs NY Red Bulls

Tickets: DOWNLOAD THE SEATGEEK APP.  You will need it for all ticket purchases. Also remember that we are Section 8 Chicago, not SeatGeek customer service. We’re new at this part of it too. Tickets for the Harlem End, 208 and 137/138 are available at $20 each or two for $30. Ticket and scarf packages are still available at $30 in the Harlem End. Ask anyone that’d bought one of these packages. They’re one hell of a deal!

Extra Waffles, natch

Tailgate: Cider Cunts, one of two SGs profiled this month, are throwing what can only be described as The Most Extra Tailgate brought to you by the three most extra women you know. Expect to see meat waffles (that’s fun to type) with sausage and Colby jack, sweet waffles with dulce de leche and cinnamon apple spread, and vegan waffles with seitan bacon and vegan cheeze.

Merch: HOLY CRAP fresh new pocket T’s are in. They feature the iconic ‘We Will’ design, never before featured on a T-shirt before. Get them before they’re gone (and they will go fast) for just $15 which provides S8C with valuable funds for tifo, bus trips, and other RAD events. Merchman Nate will also have the ever-popular grab bags available as well which gets you suited up with a T-shirt, scarf, koozie, buttons, and more.

Getting to the stadium: The Reggie’s Bus rides on and Pub to Pitch also offers coach bus rides from a wide variety of locations throughout the city. Per city laws, no drinking on the busses (boooo!). Be sure to show our partner bars some love by buying your morning coffee or other beverages before the buses depart.

Weather: Let’s just not. See ya there!

MATCHDAY INFO: March 16 Chicago Fire vs Seattle

Matchweek 3 sees the Chicago Fire against that team from Seattle (aka the old Atlanta). Excitement for the team is building with the Fire coming off of a late equalizer from CJ Sapong and Section 8 Chicago will be at the stadium bright and early preparing for the match, slinging dogs, and selling merch.

Tickets: Tickets for the Harlem End, 208 and 137/138 are available at $20 each. Ticket and scarf packages are available at $30 in the Harlem End. Ask anyone that’d bought one of these packages. They’re one hell of a deal!

Photo: Dan Giroux [CC BY-NC]
Tailgate:
Once again, Section 8 Chicago is hosting this early season tailgate providing tubed meat delights (Chicago style, duh). Vegan options, verified by two real-live vegans, are also available. For those of you 21 and up, donations to the Food Drive often can elicit a thank-you beverage from friendly community members.  Would you or your supporters club like to host a tailgate? Dates are available. Get at a board member or email us.

Getting to the stadium: 

The Reggie’s Bus rides again. Single rides and season passes are available. Check out their totally awesome scarves too. Pub to Pitch also offers coach bus rides from a wide variety of locations throughout the city. Per city laws, no drinking on the busses (we’re upset by this too, trust us).

Merch:

Merch Director Nate will be kicking it at the S8C tailgate near the Pods. Heavyweight crew neck sweatshirts were clutch last match. We also will have the distinctive Full Power HD, Niko, and other fresh scarves. Come see us. Cash and credit accepted. Keep your eyes on Section 8 Chicago’s merch Twitter for teasers and updates on the new stuff coming in soon. We’ve seen the designs, they’re going to be very Rad.

Weather:

It can’t be worse than last week, right? RIGHT? Looks like we’ll dodge the rain as of this writing but last week’s match was a reminder that it always feels colder out at 71st and Harlem. Take it from this writer, longjohns and gloves with full fingers will be in full effect. Also, pro-tip: you can get sunburned even when it’s cold. It looks like it will be sunny.

Have a question? Hit us up on Twitter @Section8Chicago or email communications@s8c.org.

MATCHDAY INFO: March 9 Chicago Fire vs Orlando

The Chicago Fire’s home kickoff of the 2019  campaign is this Saturday, March 9 at noon. Section 8 Chicago is offering ticket deals, season ticket deals, a tailgate with tubed meats and non-meats, and much more. Whether this is your first match of 500th, here’s the info you’ll need to make it all happen.

Tickets:
We’re offering single match tickets for $20 or a ticket AND a scarf for $30. These are first-run scarves and not dusty old deadstock. This is at least a $40+ dollar value. On top of that, it’ll also be cold. Don’t catch a cold, wear a scarf!


Tickets for 137/138 are also available through our Ticket Leap site. Proceeds benefit Section 8 Chicago and Sections 137/138.

Season tickets are still on sale at last year’s price. Call your ticket rep today!

 

Tailgate: 

Section 8 Chicago will be providing Chicago dogs (vegan too!), chips, and likely some refreshing beverages. A five dollar suggested donation gets you fed and provides valuable funds for the ISA’s operations like tifo funds, subsidized bus trips, and other expenses. The tailgate is located in the east lot. Look for the POD storage units. All are welcome!

Getting to the stadium: 

Drive if that’s your thing. No wheels? No problem. Check out the Reggie’s Bus. Single rides and season passes are available. Pub to Pitch also offers coach bus rides from a wide variety of locations throughout the city.

Merch:

We will have it! Look for Merch Director Nate at the S8C tailgate near the Pods. Crewnecks have been by far the hottest item of the year and are going fast with their two-sided print on a classic Hanes heavyweight crew. We also will have the distinctive Full Power HD, Niko, and other fresh scarves. Come see us. Cash and credit accepted.

Weather:

We’re still working on getting Tom Skilling to write this section but, for now, a quick scan says this one could get a little damp towards the end of the match. Temperature looks to be in the upper 40s. Bring rain gear and some lip balm – Seat Geek Stadium is in an unusually windy microclimate.

Have a question? Hit us up on Twitter @Section8Chicago or email communications@s8c.org.

MATCH PREVIEW: Chicago Fire vs Charleston discount AAA Batteries

To experience the joys of supporter culture, former S8C Director of Events Jacob Peters provides us some background on Fire history, rivalries, and some footnotes on how to effectively criticize, troll, and generally enjoy Fire games.

Next up, Spring Training warm-up matches in Charleston, SC. As always…

Sing in full voice. Hate with reason.

6:30pm CT Saturday Feb. 23rd vs. the Charleston Battery

Definitely a bad look

No, they aren’t the factory team for a Duracell competitor. They are our gracious hosts for the Carolina Challenge Cup, a lower division team playing in the rebranded <with fake british announcer voice> “USL Championship”. The Battery are named after a really nice portion of reinforced coastline that has a…really problematic white supremacist-y monument (pictured on the left). They are tied for the oldest continuously operating professional soccer club in the United States, so you’ve got to give them credit for surviving through thick and thin, while hundreds of other lower division clubs have folded, paused, rebranded, moved, etc. in the years since they started in 1993.

The last time that the Fire played the Charleston Battery was in the 2013 Carolina Challenge Cup, winning 2-1. I could have sworn there had been another time between then and now, but we haven’t played them in a U.S. Open Cup game since they beat us in penalty kicks in 2010.

Sound of Sirens — Fire chants to Shout at the Battery:

We really have not played them enough to have any hateful team specific chants about them. I guess we can reuse “yellow fucking team”? But it’s a lower division team that we’re not likely to ever see more than once in a calendar year, so should even put in the effort? Just cheer pro Fire stuff and hope our boys build some confidence.

Watch Party:

Join Black Fires (and most of us!) at Reggie’s (2105 S. State Street)

 

MATCH PREVIEW: Chicago Fire vs FC Cincinnati Fussball/Futbol/Football Club of Ohio

To experience the joys of supporter culture, former S8C Director of Events Jacob Peters provides some background on Fire history, rivalries, and some footnotes on how to effectively criticize, troll, and generally enjoy Fire games.

Next up, Spring Training warm-up matches in Charleston, SC. As always…

Sing in full voice. Hate with reason.

 

6:30pm CT Wednesday Feb. 20th vs. FC Cincinnati

We’ve played this team once before, it was a heartbreaking loss in the U.S. Open Cup Round of 16. My biggest memory of the game was having to explain to a Cincinnati soccer tourist that the reason they were surrounded by 100 people in Red and White giving him the stink eye is that his drunk ass had stumbled into the visiting supporters’ section. He cried “at Reds games the Cubs fans don’t have to sit in a separate area”, which perfectly encapsulated the learning curve that many Cincy fans are struggling up. As the Carolinians would say…”bless their hearts”.

I personally am more fond of Cincinnati than most after going to college there and honestly falling in love with the awesome weird people that I met there while fighting against the entrenched and thoroughly dull status quo of the city. However, I have to keep my partisan cap on and draw attention to the truly idiotic things that their try-hard front office have done.

Ouch!

I’m not just talking about their logo redesign that is problematic for many reasons but maybe I’m just a sucker for that old lion and all that negative space magic they had going. (that “C” in the tail is a tad bit “cavalier” don’t you think?) Or the fact that their first team is going to be wearing replica jerseys…during league games. 

For example, the FC originally stood for “Futbol Club”…why? No clue. They “rebranded” to Fussball Club Cincinnati because they wanted to embrace “the area’s high population of residents with German heritage”. Which is just absolutely hilarious since the Germans don’t spell it that way, instead they utilize the eszett as in “Fußball”. Which means that FC Cincy just rebranded themselves to pay homage to how they can’t do basic research into the translation of the sport known as soccer to most of their suburban fans. Just be glad it’s not as bad as their “Zinzinnati” shtick.

What is it with Ohio teams and embracing all the wrong things about German culture? Anyway, Cincinnati does have the largest Oktoberfest in North America, and it happens to be the same weekend that the Fire play there this year. So…you should probably make a weekend of it, and bring down a bunch of Chicago beers to show them one of the many ways that we do Germany better than they do.

This is how you embrace German heritage ya posers:

…AND A GOOD DAY TO YOU TOO, SIR!

Sound of Sirens — Fire chants to Shout at Cincy:

This really is only our second game ever against them, so we don’t have that deep of a stable of chants against Cincy yet. Share your best ideas in the lead up to the game on Wednesday with the hashtag #cf97. Here’s my contribution:

  • “Nothing Rhymes with Orange” to the tune of “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
    • “Nothing Rhymes with Orange, Nothing Rhymes with Orange, Nothing Rhymes with Orange, aren’t you Blue?”

 

 

Members of the Section 8 Chicago ISA 2019 will be at Cleo’s for this match (1935 W. Chicago Ave) enjoying half off burgers, $4 Revolution beers, and $3 Malort – yikes!

En las buenas y las malas

Lindsay Una #cf97 Fire Supporters

via Lindsay Eanet of Second City Social Club

In most years, supporting the Chicago Fire is an escape for my wife and our friends and I, where we can channel whatever’s bothering us into singing until our throats go raw, planning elaborate tailgates for our friends & even traveling across oceans to cheer on the Men in Red. It was something to look forward to.

Lindsay Una #cf97 Fire Supporters

But this season, like everything else, the ugliness of the greater world is reflected in the sports team we love—racial profiling, leadership that shirks accountability, transparency & good-faith negotiation & a failure to address real problems in any meaningful or sustainable way. As a result, we haven’t set foot inside Toyota Park since June, and are not renewing our season tickets (petition here). What was once silly fun is now frustrating & infuriating &, yes, inevitably politicized. (Nothing is ever just about sports.)

But what’s remarkable to me is that the good & redemptive in the world right now is also reflected in the Fire supporter community’s response to various administrative failings.

Groups with different support praxes & opinions have come together to show up for each other & unite behind their fellow supporters affected by the vague, discriminatory ban of Section 101. La Banda de Sector Latino is still making music & generating electric energy wherever they watch their club.

People are still building community & doing good—Marty’s #FireForFood fundraiser crushed its goal and raised thousands for hungry Chicagoans in need. Our (Second City Social Club’s) own partnership with Logan’s Squares through #SupportYourLocal & #GivingForGoals supported all kinds of great local causes. Jake & Phil launched Black Fires, a new group to build community, visibility & culture among Black soccer supporters in our city. And there are people like Nicole who still tirelessly show up & try to make shit happen en las buenas y las malas. Mad Javier is still in the North Lot ready with enough carnitas to feed a small army & a cooler of piña coladas to wash it down.

There is so much love & support in this small but mad community, even in the worst of it, & I’m proud to see what the people in it have accomplished this year, & will continue to do. It’s a reminder that there are reasons not to give up on whatever this is, even when the future feels uncertain.

I joke a lot about how the world is a trashfire & how the Fire are dead to us, but that’s only somewhat true. Even in the worst of times, there are still people organizing & building & bringing coolers full of piña coladas. There are still good things worth saving & reasons to act, whether it’s for your silly sports team or something much nobler, or much more urgent. Keep going. En las buenas y las malas.

I most likely won’t be at Toyota Park for the season closer this Sunday, but big love to everyone demanding better of this club in the manner they see fit. Vámos Chicago.

CF97 vs RevScum in Pivotal April Match-Up

It may be April, but as fans, we know the grind to make the playoffs in MLS.  I’ve long hated the Revolution.  It was a rivalry built out of failures by the Fire.  Knocked out by the Revs 3 straight years, 2005-2007, in the playoffs was heartbreaking.  I was lucky enough to witness the 2007 match in New England with a group of 30.  Taylor Twellman’s bicycle kick happened right in front of us to secure the winner.  Paolo Wanchope’s leap over the Revs bench to get a ball out of bounds for a throw in also happened right in front of us.  I reckon it was the most inspired thing he did while wearing a Fire jersey.

The Fire got their revenge in 2008 winning on aggregate 3-0 in Eastern Conference semi-finals, but the game really sticks out for me is the second leg of the 2009 Eastern Conference semi-finals.  Down 2-1 after the first leg, the Fire came up with a truly famous victory.

Last year’s U.S. Open Cup semi-final loss in New England re-ignited that rivalry for myself.  50 of us travelled out to Foxborough on Tuesday night to watch the Fire lose, and for some it was their 4th time watching the Fire get eliminated in a competition in New England.  It was my second time.

I fucking hate the Revolution, plain and simple.  I hope to see new and old faces out there on Saturday.  Grab your tickets here.

 

Scott Greene

Chair, Section 8 Chicago