The Slaughter’s roots are planted firmly in Chicago soil. Since its founding in 2006, the franchise has consistently opened roles for the city’s gridiron stars, both on the field and in the front office. This Windy City loyalty has been apparent before the team even played its first snap; Slaughter is a nod to the city’s working class and to the old Chicago stockyards.
In 2009, the Slaughter rewarded the Second City with a championship during an undefeated season as part of the Continental Indoor Football League. A year later, the team joined the Indoor Football League, where it remains today, playing all of its home games at Sears Centre Arena. There, frequent promotions help create a party-like atmosphere, and spacious concourses let fans spread out and play their own pickup games using wadded-up slices of deep-dish pizza as the ball.
Simply put, Players Sport & Social Group helps more than 50,000 people each year get together, meet new friends, and have fun. The two-decade-old company has more than doubled in size in the last five years, due in no small part to the wide variety of sports leagues and clinics that it offers at venues throughout the city. Teams or individuals can sign up for sports ranging from dodgeball to beach volleyball to games of "bags," otherwise known as cornhole. Players can check their weekly standings online and review each sport's rules, learning exactly what is considered a foul in kickball or how to dispose of a football opponent's captured flag by burning it in a respectful ceremony.
The company also hosts and sponsors social events such as happy hours, fundraisers, and the Luau: a 55,900-participant grass-volleyball tournament with DJ music, food, and beer. Similarly, The Big Dig volleyball tournament offers the same mix of munchies, brews, and live entertainment, but on the sands of North Avenue Beach.
From a rooftop vantage point, Big Ten football fans can attain views of the ever-changing on-field action. Opening half an hour (Wrigley Field Rooftop Club) or an hour (Ivy League Baseball Club) before game time, the rooftops welcome fans to enjoy tasty game-day food (Wrigley Field, and Ivy League rooftop menus), draft beer, wine, soft drinks, desserts, and a constant chorus of hungry, field-goal-snagging seagulls circling overhead. Additionally, the rooftop bars offer speedy service, and several outdoor televisions ensure spectators see every grimace and interpretive touchdown dance.
The DePaul Blue Demons men's squad continues this season's conference play against highly ranked Big East rival Georgetown. In his second year at the helm, Head Coach Oliver Purnell leads the up-and-coming Blue Demons battalion, which has sprinted to an impressive start through 16 games. Reigning Big East Rookie of the Year and proficient scorer Cleveland Melvin anchors a potent DePaul offensive attack, dazzling hoops fans with rafter-rattling dunks, aggressive rebounds, and a penchant for drawing up elaborate plays on his pocket Etch-A-Sketch.