Midwest native Peter Wilt has targeted Soldier Field as the temporary home field for a new NASL team that plans to play in downtown Chicago, according to an interview on Soccer Morning.
Wilt has taken on the role as senior advisor for CLUB 9 SPORTS, a sports consulting group that is aiming to launch a NASL team in the same city where MLS team Chicago Fire calls home. There have been widespread rumors that the new NASL team could be named the Chicago Sting after the successful team that won two national championships.
“I want soccer to be relevant in Chicago,” said Wilt. “There’s a void, for an urban team in Chicago. The Fire have been great, but they’re not accessible via public transportation.
“We’ve already met with the city’s planning commissioner and have identified multiple sites that could work for a stadium.
“For a short term solution, Soldier Field is our target but we plan to build a soccer specific stadium in the city of Chicago.”
Wilt has targeted an average attendance of 10,000+ as the goal for his team. It’s understood that the team may launch in NASL as early as 2017.
When asked whether his return to Chicago was something personal for him, Wilt responded, “There’s certainly an inch I need scratched. I want Chicago to have great soccer, to get things right.”
Wilt was the president of Chicago Fire from 1997 to 2005.
Wilt will continue to fulfill his general manager duties at Indy Eleven as a consultant into the Spring season.
100+ Channels With Sports & News
- Starting price: $29.99/mo. for fubo Español Package
- Watch Premier League, LaLiga, Liga MX & MLS
- Includes NBC, NBCSN, ESPN, FS1, FS2, TUDN, beIN SPORTS and more
Favorite Leagues At The Best Price
- Starting price: $7.99/mo. for Live TV Package
- Watch LaLiga, Primeira Liga and Copa Libertadores
- Includes beIN SPORTS, GolTV, TyC Sports and more
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
- Price: $5.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $12.99/mo.)
- Features Serie A, Bundesliga, FA Cup, EFL & more
- Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
Live TV, Soccer & Originals
- Starting price: $5.99/mo.
- Features Champions League, Europa League & NWSL
- Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
- Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
- Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
- Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more