Major League Soccer will hold its 22nd annual All-Star Game on August 2, 2017, and the contest will return to Illinois for the first time in 11 years. Soldier Field will take up hosting duties for the game, which expects to have the third-largest crowd of any MLS All-Star Game. In the 1996 inaugural All-Star Game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the attendance was 78,416, which still stands as a record for an MLS All-Star Game.
Since 2011, the most expensive MLS All-Star game was the 2016 one held at the San Jose Earthquakes’ Avaya Stadium. On TicketIQ, 2016 MLS All-Star Game tickets averaged $352 and the get-in price was $228. The least expensive recent All-Star Game was in 2013 when tickets started at $47 and averaged $139 at Sporting Kansas City’s Sporting Park, which has since become Children’s Mercy Park.
In 2006, the All-Star Game was held at the Chicago Fire’s Toyota Park, as the MLS All-Stars defeated Chelsea, 1-0. The game has since traveled around the country and even north of the border in addition to Reliant Stadium, which is now known as NRG Stadium and is the home to the Houston Texans and Super Bowl LI on February 5. The Reliant Stadium All-Star Game in 2010 had an attendance was 70,728.
The Chicago Bears’ home field, which has held the 1994 FIFA Men’s World Cup, 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup and several CONCACAF Gold Cups, holds more than 60,000. The previous three MLS All-Star Games had a combined attendance of 58,404, so Major League Soccer will look for impressive turnout on August 2 at Soldier Field.
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