July 31, 2009

MLL: Machine Returns to Soldier Field for Finale

from press release

The Chicago Machine professional lacrosse team returns to Soldier Field on Saturday, August 8, for the final game of the regular 2009 season against the Long Island Lizards. Pending results of games on August 1, the game could have play-off implications for the young Chicago franchise. Gates open at 6 pm for the 7 pm game. All seats are $20 and tickets are available at www.chicagomachine.com, through Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling (312) 255-1522.

Chicago had its 2009 home opener at Soldier Field on May 30, 2009, a game it lost to the Boston Cannons 16 to 14 in front of 4,300 fans. This was the first time lacrosse had ever been played at the legendary stadium and was one of Chicago's largest home audiences ever.

Chicago will advance to the post-season if it can win its last two games and Long Island loses its last two games. The scenario isn't that far-fetched; Chicago travels to play the Washington Bayhawks on Saturday, August 1, a team that it crushed last weekend at Toyota Park, while Long Island travels to Denver. Denver is the league's leader and has already sewn up the #1 playoff seed. A Chicago win and a Long Island loss on August 1 will set up the matchup at Soldier Field for the 4th and final spot for the Major League Lacrosse championships. Boston and Toronto have already qualified for the 2nd and 3rd spots.

"We're hoping to get up to 10,000 fans to this great game of lacrosse," said Team President John Meister. "Soldier Field is a great venue for lacrosse and all seats are in the lower bowl. Come out and support Chicago's only professional lacrosse team and see why this is the fastest sport on earth."

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