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Chicago Fire soccer club announces new north side soccer center

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced Monday they will begin the process of developing the Chicago Fire Soccer Center, a new 4.7 acre soccer arena converted from a manufacturing building at 3626 N. Talman Ave.

"We are thrilled to extend the Chicago Fire presence within the city," said Chicago Fire owner and chairman of Andell Inc, Andrew Hauptman. "We are investing in this site to increase awareness of the organization and create more accessibility for both new and existing soccer fans. We want the Chicago Fire brand to have a positive impact on the community."

The 140,000-square-foot center will include two, regulation size turf soccer fields and the first air-supported dome within Chicago's city limits.

The center will provide year-round access to soccer fields for both the Chicago Fire Recreational Soccer League and Chicago Fire Juniors City team, a professionally based youth soccer club that serves 6 to 18-year-olds.

The center was created as part of the organization's larger initiative to recognize and invest in the diverse soccer community and to drive the soccer conversation in Chicago.

It is expected to be completed in summer 2014.

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