I've got a whole city to hold down

February 05, 2004

New summer venue, competition on the horizon

Today's Daily Southtown reports that the planned home of the Chicago Fire, a 30,000-seat outdoor stadium to be built in Bridgeview, will challenge Tweeter Center for a share of shows on the summer shed circuit. The new stadium, set to open in 2006, will be managed by the Anschutz Entertainment Group, a competitor of industry behemoth Clear Channel Entertainment and partner of local independent promoter Jam Productions. In addition to offering an alternative to the "800-pound gorilla of the industry," AEG says the new venue will boast significantly better sound than Tweeter. Thousands of Jimmy Buffett fans could not be reached for comment.