Northwestern University has announced that its men’s basketball team will spend the 2017-18 season at Allstate Arena. This temporary move will be made to accommodate renovations to Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Welsh-Ryan Arena is set to undergo a $110 million renovation that will include seating upgrades, widened concourses, upgraded locker rooms, and several other amenities that will affect the experience for fans and players. The project–which will bring the first significant changes to Welsh-Ryan Arena since the 1980’s–begins after the 2016-17 season, necessitating the move to Allstate Arena.
For Allstate Arena this decision by Northwestern gives it one more season of NCAA men’s basketball. It is currently home to DePaul men’s basketball, but DePaul is leaving the venue after the 2016-17 campaign to move into a new arena near McCormick Place.
“We are excited to partner with Allstate Arena to host Northwestern men’s basketball games during the 2017-18 season while Welsh-Ryan Arena is undergoing its renovation,” Northwestern Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips said in a statement. “The venue has a rich college basketball tradition in the Chicagoland area. I know that our fans will enjoy cheering on our team at Allstate Arena during what will be an exciting season.”
Renovations to Welsh-Ryan Arena are expected to be complete by the beginning of the 2018-19 season, meaning that the move is scheduled to last just one season.
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