Residents get second chance to cheer Fred VanVleet in NBA Finals from downtown Rockford

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Stateline residents will get another chance to cheer on Rockford native Fred VanVleet in the NBA Finals.

VanVleet and the Toronto Raptors could be crowned NBA Champions tonight with a victory over the Warriors.

Thursday’s Game Six Watch Party will feature changes from Monday night’s event, including two jumbo screens on which attendees can watch the game.

The Rockford Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau says there will be chairs and tables set up, but anyone is welcome to bring their own.

There will be food and beverage trucks, a pre-game DJ party, and a Fred VanVleet pop up shop.

An Auburn High School alum, VanVleet and the Raptors are up 3-2 in pursuit of their first NBA Championship.

“I think it’s pretty cool. I’ve already read somewhere that it’s the only one like this in the United States, so I think it’s pretty cool that the community is coming together around a pretty positive cause,” said attendee Leif Verace. “Fred is kind of supporting it, too, and I think it’s really cool to see.”

The watch party is an all-ages event and admission is free, taking place at the Rockford City Market Pavilion, at 116 N Madison Street.

The game starts at 8 p.m. and also be watched on WTVO-17.

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