Chicago Fire offers fans financial incentive after Messi no-show

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Major League Soccer (MLS) club Chicago Fire has offered its fans that attended yesterday's (Wednesday) match against Inter Miami a financial incentive, as the game did not feature global superstar Lionel Messi because of injury. 

Chicago Fire went on to beat Inter Miami CF, which welcomed Messi from Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain over the summer, 4-1.

The game took place at the 61,500-capacity Soldier Field, with just as many tickets distributed ahead of the match.

Earlier in the week, Chicago Fire released a statement which read: “To show our appreciation, the Chicago Fire will be offering a $250 (£206/€238) account credit toward new memberships for the 2024 season – or a $50 account credit for anyone unable to use the new member credit – to all single-game ticket buyers who attend our match vs. Inter Miami regardless of which players are able to make an appearance on the pitch.”

According to the BBC, Chicago Fire’s previous highest attendance at Soldier Field was 37,122, posted against LA Galaxy in its inaugural MLS season in 1998.

CBS News also reported that the club has averaged home crowds of 14,000 so far this season.

Chicago Fire originally played its home games at Soldier Field, which is also home to National League Football (NFL) side the Chicago Bears, before making a switch to SeatGeek Stadium between 2006 and 2019.

It was then reported in 2019 that Chicago Fire looked to buy out the remainder of its lease with SeatGeek Stadium, and return to Soldier Field in 2020. A deal was reached in mid-2019 to leave SeatGeek Stadium.