CHICAGO – A new professional sport is coming to the “Windy City” in 2023.

On Thursday morning, officials from Major League Rugby announced that the new franchise will be named the Chicago Hounds and will begin play in February of 2023 in the league.

At the news conference in downtown Chicago, the league revealed the nickname and the team’s colors: Green and sky blue. Major League Rugby commissioner George Killebrew, Rugby Chicago CEO James English, along with head coach Sam Harris were part of the announcement of the league’s 12th franchise.

The Logo for the Chicago Hounds rugby franchise. (Courtesy: Major League Rugby)

The Chicago Hounds will call SeatGeek Stadium home and will play their inaugural home match in Bridgeview on Sunday, March 4th against the Utah Warriors at 7 PM.

You can see more information on the team, including schedule and information on tickets, by clicking here.

Larry Hawley will have live coverage of the news conference at 11 AM, which you can watch in the video above.