Report: Chicago Fire Aiming to Buyout Lease, Move Back to Soldier Field - NBC Chicago

Report: Chicago Fire Aiming to Buyout Lease, Move Back to Soldier Field

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    Report: Chicago Fire Aiming to Buyout Lease, Move Back to Soldier Field
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    Bastian Schweinsteiger #31 of Chicago Fire prepares to take a free kick in the second half against the Montreal Impact during an MLS match at Toyota Park on April 1, 2017 in Bridgeview, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

    The Chicago Fire have a stadium lease in Bridgeview through the 2036 season, but according to a new report, they may be moving back to the downtown area.

    According to the report, published by The Athletic on Friday, the Fire are in negotiations with Bridgeview officials to buy out the remainder of their lease at SeatGeek Stadium. If they are successful in doing so, then their plan would be to move back to Soldier Field, where they played their home games until the 2006 season.

    The report comes days after a series of tweets from Fire fan James Vlahakis, who used to work for the club according to The Athletic. Those tweets painted the story of the Fire buying their way out of their lease, and even changing their name if they move back to Soldier Field.

    That name, Chicago City Football Club, has not been confirmed by reports.

    The team has declined to comment on the speculation about their future plans.

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