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Chicago Hounds host Dawg Town Block Party, MLR Championship on Saturday

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By Bob Bong

The Chicago Hounds rugby team organization will host a day of festivities featuring a “Dawg Town Block Party” on Saturday, July 8, at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview.

DJ Diesel, who is also known as former basketball star Shaquille O’Neal, and American Celtic band Dropkick Murphys are set to perform at the 2023 MLR Championship Final at SeatGeek Stadium, 7000 S. Harlem Ave.

The Dawg Town Block Party fan festival will showcase Chicago rugby and culture, and will include vendors, musicians, food and beverages.

Rugby-specific activities will include a youth tournament, high-performance combine, social sevens tournament, and rugby 101 sessions. Tickets for the event are now on sale and include access to all of the day’s festivities.

Activities include the Dawg Town Block Party, which will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and a pregame concert featuring DJ Diesel (O’Neal) from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

The MLR Championship Final will be shown live from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Fox and the Rugby Network. A postgame concert featuring the Dropkick Murphys will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

For more information, tickets, and travel packages for the Dawg Town Block Party and MLR Championship Final, visit www.chicagohounds.com/block-party. Tickets start at $40.

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