Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Chicago Fire FC is offering fans a financial incentive for next year’s season tickets or for single-day games versus Inter Miami CF.

On October 4, Chicago defeated CF 4-1 at the nearly sold-out 61,000-seat Soldier Field. During the game, global superstar Lionel Messi — who has been driving-up sales in the league since his arrival — was unable to make it on the field due to an injury.

Following the match, the team announced that it would offer an account credit of $250 (£206/€238) toward new memberships for the 2024 season “to show our appreciation.” Instead of using the new member credit, single-game buyers also have the option of accepting a $50 account credit to go towards any Chicago Fire match versus Inter Miami, “regardless of which players are able to make an appearance on the pitch.”

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According to CBS News, this was Chicago Fire’s largest crowd this season, as it normally averages around 14,000 attendees per game. Additionally, the BBC reported that their previous highest-attendance record at Soldier Field was during its match against LA Galaxy for its inaugural MLS debut back in 1998.

Soccer fans had mixed feelings on the incentive; some were supportive of the discount while others found it odd that the team would do this simply because of Messi.

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Chicago Fire is slated to take-on New York City FC next on October 21 at Citi Field.

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