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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Thousands of soccer fans are expected at Chicago's Soldier Field to attend a watch party for the U.S. game against Belgium.

Tuesday's event was moved to Soldier Field after tens of thousands of fans packed the city's lakefront Grant Park for previous games.

Gates at the home of the Chicago Bears open at 1:30 p.m. and the match starts at 3 p.m. The event is free, but fans will need to pay to park. Parking and tailgating is set to open at 12:30 p.m. About 10,000 to 20,000 fans are expected to show up for game Tuesday afternoon.

Fans began lining up early Tuesday morning to guarantee a spot in the viewing party. Officials with the US Soccer Federation say they will have a lot of room for people both on the field and in the stands.

"We hope people come out and show the US that we are supporting them," Mike Edwards said.

Edwards went on to say when it comes to security, parking and concessions, they will be treating it the same as they would a Bears game.

Fans wildly waved American flags and wore red, white and blue at Chicago watch parties in recent weeks for this year's World Cup. The earlier U.S. game against Portugal brought about 20,000 fans to Grant Park.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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