Like cliff diving or ferret ownership, football is an endeavor best watched from the sidelines. Witness acts of bodily bravery with today's Groupon: for $6, you get a 100-level lower-end-zone seat (the light green area on the corresponding seating chart) to a Chicago Slaughter indoor-football game at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates (a $12 value). Choose between the following two games:
- Against the Bloomington Extreme on Saturday, May 14 at 7:05 p.m.
- Against the Sioux Falls Storm on Saturday, June 4 at 7:05 p.m.
Owned by Jim McMahon and coached by Steve "Mongo" McMichael—both members of the legendary 1985 Chicago Bears team—the 2011 Chicago Slaughter hope to improve on the strong finish of their IFL inaugural season and excite fans with the hard-hitting action of indoor football. Lower-end-zone seats in the 100 level cosset game-goers, allowing enviable views of game-changing drives and spontaneous, 16-man dance numbers. Before each game, a family-fun zone unites young football lovers with free entertainment, including mascot visits, materials for clever sign making, and face painting. During the game, delight in the family-friendly atmosphere of the Sears Centre Arena, which provides an indoor forum for each 11-man-match and coddles football fanatics from the caprices of weather and distracting, pilot-wielded laser pointers. As a good-vibe-inducing convenience, on-site parking is available for $10.
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.
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