Wednesday, March 28, 2012

UPDATE: DePaul On-Campus Arena Rumors Heat-up; Potential New Site

In the past few days local news outlets have picked up the story of the newest addition to DePaul's strategic plan for 2018 that includes an emphasis to "bring men's basketball back into the city". Below are links to the several stories:

Chicago Sun Times:
http://www.suntimes.com/sports/colleges/11544685-419/depauls-strategic-plan-calls-for-mens-team-to-return-to-city.html

Comcast (David Kaplan):  
http://www.csnchicago.com/ncaa/news/DePaul-looking-to-build-new-arena-land-C?blockID=677786&feedID=630

Fox News Chicago (Lou Canellis):  
http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/sports/fox-chicago-exclusive-depaul-to-build-new-arena-on-fullerton-and-sheffield-20120327

Many of the stories indidate some frequently rumored sites such as the Finkl Steel or Morton Salt locations. The newest rumor emerges from the Fox News Chicago report that indicates the University's "preferred location is Fullerton and Sheffield". Having an on campus arena at Fullerton and Sheffield would have an immediate impact on the number of students attending. It is important to know that DePaul owns a large portion of the land as indicated below. It would be a tight squeeze for a 8,000-10,000 seat arena, but could fit. Admittedly, there will be many uphill battles should DePaul pursue the location at Fullerton and Sheffield. Stay tuned as more rumors are sure to follow after the Board of Trustees meets in May.

Interactive Google Map indicating proposed location and DePaul owned land in blue:


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Detailed Map with approximate dimensions according to Google Maps:

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Fullerton/Sheffield site could work for a 10,000 seat arena. Not sure they'd tear down the academic building with the public library and Sage Medical Group, but the welcome center could easily be redone elsewhere. They could also purchase the Little Sisters of the Poor site across the street from campus and build there. They could also purchase the former New City YMCA site.

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