Chicago Fire offer fans credit amid Messi uncertainty

October 4, 2023 10:46 am

[Source: Reuters]

Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire have offered a financial incentive to ticket holders who attend their home game against Inter Miami on Wednesday given the uncertainty surrounding Lionel Messi’s availability.

The seven-times Ballon d’Or winner has missed Miami’s last three games with a muscle injury and his status has surely been on the minds of many of the 61,500 fans who have tickets for the sold-out match at Soldier Field.

Mindful that Messi may not play, Chicago said on Tuesday they will offer a $250 credit toward new memberships for next season — or a $50 credit for anyone unable to use the new member credit — to all single-game ticket buyers who attend the Miami match regardless of which players make an appearance.

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“While we don’t yet know the official status of Lionel Messi’s availability for our match tomorrow … we understand that many of our fans may be disappointed if they don’t get the chance to see him play,” Chicago said in a news release.

The infatuation with Messi since he joined Miami in July, seven months removed from leading Argentina to World Cup glory in Qatar, has led to a surge in ticket prices for both their home and away games.