Shaded Seats at SeatGeek Stadium

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SeatGeek Stadium is an open-air soccer stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois, just outside Chicago. It’s the home pitch for the Chicago Red Stars and Chicago Hounds. Chicagoland has hot summers and notable humidity, which makes finding the right seats crucial for fans. Soccer and rugby supporters can use this guide along with the stadium’s seating chart to identify the best shaded seats at SeatGeek Stadium.

Where are the seats in the shade and sun at SeatGeek Stadium?

Typically, shaded seats at SeatGeek Stadium are situated:

  • Along the west sideline

Conversely, sunny seats are predominantly found:

  • Along the east sideline
  • Behind the north goal line

Matches at SeatGeek Stadium start at different times throughout the season. Red Stars games sometimes start as early as noon, occasionally at 3:00 PM and as late as 8:30 PM. Chicago is the windy city but has plenty of warm and humid days, especially in the summer months. Many evening games kickoff early enough that the sun is a consideration for at least part of the match.

SeatGeek Stadium Orientation to the Sun

SeatGeek Stadium’s slightly off-axis north-to-south orientation means the sun is almost directly above the south goal line in the 1:00 PM hour. Over the course of the afternoon the sun dips behind the structure on the west side of the stadium. It eventually sets closer to the north goal line.

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st.

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Afternoon SeatGeek Stadium Matches

SeatGeek Stadium (formerly Toyota Park) is one of the few stadiums of its era to feature a U-shaped design and a permanent concert stage on the south end. A small number of seats are offered in front of the stage for games, but most seating is on the east, west, and north sides of the field.

For 1:00 PM games, the best option for shade is under the roof on the west sideline. Upper-level sections 203-211 are directly under cover, offering protection from the sun for the majority of the afternoon. The roof does not extend over the lower-level sections, so seats in 103-111 may be sunny for part of the game but will become shaded by mid-afternoon as the sun shifts westward. The roof covers about half of the seats in sections 124-132 on the east side, with seats farthest back and closest to the suites shaded early in the day. However, as the sun moves, more seats in these sections will be exposed to sunlight.

The sunniest seats are pitchside on the east side in sections 122-132. Seats behind the north goal line and in the corners from section 112-123 are exposed to the sun for most of the afternoon as they lack any roof coverage. The limited number of seats behind the south goal line in sections 135-139 may be partially shaded by the videoboard and concert stage but are not covered and may still receive afternoon sun.

Afternoon shadows on the pitch and stands at SeatGeek Stadium

By late-afternoon seats on the west sideline (right) are in the shade, while seats on the east sideline (left) are sunny.
Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Evening SeatGeek Stadium Matches

By early evening, the entire west side of the stadium and seats behind the goal lines will be shaded. Shade will spread from west to east along the goal line sections; for example, section 115 will be shaded first, followed by section 116, then section 117, and so forth. The east side sections will remain sunny at the start of the match and won’t be shaded until sunset. Being seated under the roof on the east side does not guarantee protection from the sun’s effects. Fans in sections 123-134 may experience glare until sunset due to the sun’s position.

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