Stateline residents invited to Jurassic Park RKFD to cheer on VanVleet


Rockford, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) — Rockford will be staging it’s own Jurassic Park Monday night to cheer on native son Fred Van Vleet to an NBA Championship.

The Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau announced Saturday that it will hold a celebration and watch part at the City Market Pavilion. The gates will open at 6 p.m. Monday. The game will begin at 8 p.m.

Jurassic Park RKFD was inspired by the massive Jurassic Park watch parties that have been held in Toronto outside the Raptors arena throughout these NBA playoffs.

“There’s a lot of buzz and excitement around town about the finals,” said RACVB Presdident/CEO John Groh in a news release. “As he has done since his days at Auburn, Fred continues to make Rockford proud. We invite everyone to attend and help us celebrate Fred’s amazing run in the NBA championship games. We are cheering for Fred, for the Toronto Raptors and for Rockford!”

“Fred is an amazing basketball player and a genuinely good person both on and off the court,” said Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara. “He gives back to Rockford, and we’re excited to support him as he works to bring home an NBA championship.”

Jurassic Park RKFD will feature a jumbo screen airing game five, the FVV Shop Pop-Up Store, food and beverage trucks, a pre-game DJ party and VanVleet signage for photo opportunities. The event is free. It will be located at the corner of East State Street and Water Streets.

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