With renovations set to take place at Welsh-Ryan Arena, Northwestern men’s basketball was in need of a home for the 2017-18 season. Now, they’ve got one.
Per a press release from the university, the Wildcats will play their home games in the 2017-18 season at Allstate Arena in Rosemont. “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” said AD Jim Phillips in the release.
Allstate Arena seats 17,500 for basketball games, and is currently the home of DePaul men’s basketball, and the WNBA’s Chicago Sky. Located in Rosemont, the arena is approximately an hour to 90 minutes away from Northwestern’s Evanston campus, depending on traffic.
The upcoming season will be the Wildcats’ last at Welsh-Ryan Arena before the stadium undergoes a full and complete renovation, which is slated to be complete in time for the 2018 volleyball season.
Venues during the renovation for Northwestern’s other teams that use Welsh-Ryan Arena have yet to be announced.