The Chicago Fire MLS club has announced a multi-year partnership with The PrivateBank, which focuses on growing the soccer community in the Chicagoland area.
Chicago Fire’s COO, Atul Khosla, said:
The PrivateBank recognizes the global and local relevance of soccer as it continues its rapid growth in the U.S. We look forward to elevating the game together through programming at The PrivateBank Fire Pitch and throughout the community.
The cornerstone of the partnership is naming rights of The PrivateBank Fire Pitch, the new soccer centre located on the city’s north side that’s providing year-round access to soccer fields. The PrivateBank Fire Pitch, located at 3626 N. Talman Avenue, was created as part of the Club’s larger initiative to recognize and invest in the diverse soccer community and to drive the soccer conversation in Chicago. Once completed, the centre will offer soccer access to more than 250,000 people each year through a host of Club and affiliated soccer and sports programming.
The PrivateBank Fire Pitch features two regulation size turf fields, the first air-supported dome within Chicago’s city limits and is officially open for play. The centre houses the Chicago Fire Rec Soccer League, the leading provider of adult recreational soccer in the city, with more than 5,000 participants. The facility also serves as the home base for the Chicago Fire Juniors City team, a professionally-based youth soccer club that serves more than 250 children aged between 6-18. The club is one of ten clubs in the Chicago Fire Juniors family, touting more than 15,000 participants across six states.
In addition to naming rights at the new facility, The PrivateBank will serve as the Official Bank of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club and will be involved in various activities on and off the pitch. Key matchday opportunities include: presenting sponsorship of one Chicago Fire home match, in-stadium signage and activation rights in Fire Fest, the interactive pre-match fan fest. In addition, The PrivateBank will engage with the soccer community through suburban tournaments, First Team Practice in the Community and as a supporting sponsor of the Chicago Fire Foundation’s P.L.A.Y.S. Program (Participate, Learn, Achieve Youth Soccer), which integrates soccer with social and emotional learning to not only help kids learn and enjoy soccer, but also strengthen academic performance.
Larry D. Richman, President and Chief Executive Officer, The PrivateBank, said:
We are excited to partner with the Chicago Fire and to work together to extend soccer’s reach into our communities. We are particularly pleased to support The PrivateBank Fire Pitch as we give the City of Chicago a terrific venue to expand access to this great game.
The majority owner in the project is an entity controlled by Andrew Hauptman, with minority partners Richard Levy and Jared Schenk. In addition to the Fire’s uses, the centre will also serve the surrounding community, providing access to neighbouring schools, universities and recreational sports leagues. The development will include a 15,000sqft building, forecast for mixed-use field management offices, restaurant, retail and training.