Rugby, that grandfather of American football and a great way to lose a few teeth, is enjoying something of a local renaissance, in part because of the construction of the nation's first municipal rugby stadium in Glendale. If youve ever been curious about the high-speed rough-and-tumble sport, there's never been a better time to bandwagon, since the Glendale Raptors are enjoying a stellar season. The men's team is undefeated in league play, the women's team is undefeated, period, and today's "test" that's rugby-speak for a match is the season finale for both teams.
"The men play Grand Junction, which has always been a great intrastate rivalry and should be a good test for the western region's number-two-seeded Raptor men," says Mike Dunafon, mayor pro-tem of Glendale. "Additionally, our special guests for the day will be the Sports Buddies and the kids from Denver Big Brothers Big Sisters."
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Catch the tackles at Infinity Park, 950 South Birch Street in Glendale. The men play at noon, followed by the women at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults; kids twelve and under get in free. For more information, visit www.glendalerugby.com or call 720-226-9720.
Sat., May 10, 2008