Today the Chicago Wildfire announced a new partnership with Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, IL. The Wildfire will play seven home games at Elmhurst College’s Langhorst Field for the 2019 season.
Langhorst Field will be the fourth different home stadium for the Wildfire since the team’s inception in 2013, but this latest move by the franchise will help set the stage for a multi-year contract with the college. “We want to thank everyone at North Central College and the Naperville community as a whole for hosting us last year. We saw an opportunity this year to move back closer to the city, and establish a long-term home that’s in line with our vision for growing the team, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with the college and the community,” said CJ O’Brien, managing partner for the Wildfire. The field will also be the venue for the Wildfire summer youth camp scheduled to take place in July 2019.
Founded in 1871, Elmhurst College is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 20 regional colleges in the Midwest as well as the region’s best values. Offering 60 majors and 16 graduate programs, Elmhurst College is deeply committed to helping students define their values, explore the world, and reach their full potential—in college and in the world beyond. Similar to Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium in Naperville, Langhorst Field is located within walking distance of Elmhurst’s downtown district located right off the Metra line.
With a capacity of 1,000, Langhorst Field is smaller than last year’s Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium at North Central College, which seats 5,500. Fans will have the opportunity to be closer to the field and rally behind a more focused cheering section. “It’s going to provide provide our fans with a much more intimate setting, which will enhance the gameday experience to our highest level yet. We want to create lasting impressions with our fans and the community, and that all starts with the environment in our home stadium,” said O’Brien. The Wildfire’s full 2019 schedule is set to be announced in February, and will include 14 total games on weekends between April and July.