In the animal kingdom, football is played with cheetah running backs, buffalo linemen, and a seagull that is forced to curl up and act as the ball. Catch humanity’s version of the animals’ gridiron gallantry with today’s GrouponLive deal to see a Chicago Slaughter game at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Choose from the following options:
- For $9, you get one ticket for sideline seating, marked in blue on the seating chart (an $18.50 value).
- For $18, you get one ticket for club-section seating, marked in bright red on the seating chart (a $35 value).<p>
For either option, choose from the following games:
- Against the Cedar Rapids Titans on Saturday, May 5, at 7:05 p.m.
- Against the Reading Express on Friday, May 18, at 7:35 p.m.
- Against the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks on Friday, June 8, at 7:35 p.m.<p>
Coached by legendary defensive tackle Steve McMichael, the Chicago Slaughter look to return to the Indoor Football League playoffs for a third consecutive season in 2012. Fans can catch the team facing down United Conference rivals on the dasher-board-bound gridiron under the arm of former Syracuse quarterback Perry Patterson. This deal’s matchups include a redemptive showdown against the Reading Express, who dashed the Slaughter’s 2011 playoff run in the first round by switching out their ball with a greased pig. Opening an hour before games, the Family Fun Zone entertains young’uns with inflatable moon bounces and face painting. Autograph sessions give fans the opportunity to meet the team and dancers, as well as frame the team mascot, Sarge, for petition fraud after he signs the necessary documents.
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.