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Near-Capacity Crowd Expected at Soldier Field on Saturday For USA vs. Honduras World Cup Qualifier


CHICAGO (June 4, 2009) – With more than 50,000 tickets already sold, Chicago’s Soldier Field will play host to a near-capacity crowd for Saturday’s FIFA World Cup qualifier.

U.S. Soccer and the City of Chicago Traffic Management Authority highly encourage fans to arrive extremely early for the game and to use public transportation whenever possible. Fans supporting the U.S. team are encouraged to wear red.

A large weekend crowd is expected around Solder Field and the Museum Campus on Saturday, June 6, with the FIFA World Cup qualifying soccer game between the USA and Honduras kicking off at Soldier Field at 7 p.m. CT. Gates open at 5 p.m. and fans will have to pass through security pat downs to enter. Fans are encouraged to enter early to beat the rush before kickoff. A prohibited items list and other information is available on the Soldier Field web site.

The Soldier Field box office outside the Southeast corner opens at 3 p.m. on Saturday for both ticket purchases and will call. Upper level sideline and corner seats will be available for sale for $40 on game day. Advance tickets are on sale now through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Chicagoland (including Carson Pirie Scott, Hot Tix, FYE and Ritmo Latino stores). Fans purchasing tickets online are encouraged to use the TicketFast option to print tickets in advance.

For those driving to the game, parking lots open at 3 p.m. Be aware that parking at the stadium ($25 per car) fills up quickly and is anticipated to do so very early for this event. Pre-payment for parking and tailgating information is available for the event through the Soldier Field web site. Alcohol is not permitted and should not be taken outside of the tailgating areas.

When the Soldier Field lots fill, patrons will be directed by Standard Parking and the Traffic Management Authority to auxiliary parking which is available at the following locations:

  • McCormick Place lot at 31st Street and Lake Shore Drive (free shuttle service to and from stadium available)
  • Underground garages at Grant Park and Millennium Park (1.6 mile walk to stadium, no shuttle service)

Parking in the neighborhood west of Soldier Field is restricted. Cars parked illegally run the risk of being ticketed and/or towed.

U.S. Soccer has put together a list of transportation options (see below) to make your journey to Soldier Field for this highly anticipated event as easy and enjoyable as possible.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:
CTA - The Chicago Transit Authority buses and trains are a convenient way for fans to reach Soldier Field.

  • CTA Green, Orange and Red Line trains stop at Roosevelt and fans can walk a half-mile east to Soldier Field.
  • CTA #146 Inner Drive / Michigan Express bus operates from north lakefront communities, North Michigan Avenue and State Street in the Loop direct to Soldier Field.

CTA fares are economical – visit www.transitchicago.com for details.

METRA - Metra offers convenient service to Soldier Field from the entire Chicagoland area. For specific schedules and fares, visit www.metrarail.com

DRIVING DIRECTIONS
From I-90/94: Take either the Kennedy/Dan Ryan Expressway toward downtown Chicago. Exit onto I-55 Stevenson Expressway East toward Lake Shore Drive. If arriving at least two hours before kickoff, take Lake Shore Drive North to Soldier Field parking exit (18th Dr.) If arriving less than two hours before kickoff, take Lake Shore Drive South and exit at 31st Street and follow the Lake Shore Drive Southbound Auxiliary Parking directions below.

From I-290: Take the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) toward the City. Exit onto I-90 Dan Ryan Expressway East. Exit onto I-55 Stevenson Expressway East toward Lake Shore Drive. If arriving at least two hours before kickoff, take Lake Shore Drive North to Soldier Field parking exit (18th Dr.) If arriving less than two hours before kickoff, take Lake Shore Drive South and exit at 31st Street and follow the Lake Shore Drive Southbound Auxiliary Parking directions below.

From I-55: Take the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) toward the city. If arriving at least two hours before kickoff, take Lake Shore Drive North to Soldier Field parking exit (18th Dr.) If arriving less than two hours before kickoff, take Lake Shore Drive South and exit at 31st Street and follow the Lake Shore Drive Southbound Auxiliary Parking directions below.

Directions to Auxiliary Parking at 31st Street: Via Lake Shore Drive Southbound from I-55 and points north of Soldier Field: Travel south on Lake Shore Drive. Go past Soldier Field and exit at 31st Street:

  • To use the McCormick Place underground garage ($16): Turn left and go onto Fort Dearborn Drive (side road east of Lake Shore Drive). Park under McCormick Place, avoid the congestion and take a 10-minute walk to Soldier Field.
  • To use the surface lot at 31st Street and Lake Shore Drive ($16): Exit at 31st Street, turn right. The lot is immediately on your right. Take the free trolley that uses a quick shortcut to the 18th Street stadium entrance.

Directions to Auxiliary Parking at 31st Street: Via Lake Shore Drive Northbound from points south of 31st Street: Exit at 31st Street before McCormick Place and exit to your right.

  • To use the McCormick Place underground garage ($16): Continue straight onto Fort Dearborn Drive (side road east of Lake Shore Drive). Park under McCormick Place, avoid the congestion and take a short 10-minute walk to Soldier Field.
  • To use the surface lot at 31st Street and Lake Shore Drive ($16): Turn left onto 31st street. After crossing Lake Shore Drive, the lot is immediately on your right. Take the free trolley that uses a quick shortcut to the 18th Street stadium entrance.

PLANNING YOUR ROUTE - TRAFFIC INFORMATION
From your car: Up to the minute traffic information is available on the Illinois Dept. of Transportation Traffic Station - 1610 AM

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