Rosemont Gets DePaul For One More Year
By: Todd Wessell
Journal & Topics Managing Editor
DePaul University will be able to host one more season of basketball games at Rosemont’s Allstate Arena because construction of a new stadium in Chicago will not be completed in time for the team’s 2016-17 schedule.
Rosemont Village Board members and Mayor Brad Stephens today (Wednesday) are expected to approve a one-year lease extension to allow DePaul to use its 19,000-seat arena for the upcoming season.
About two years ago, DePaul and the city of Chicago announced their intentions to develop a 10,000-seat, $173 million stadium near McCormick Place. Originally, they hoped for an opening last fall, but like many construction projects, delays surfaced prompting the school to ask Rosemont for more time. Mayor Stephens is authorized to approve up to five years of DePaul lease extensions.
DePaul has been playing its basketball games in Rosemont since their glory years of coach Ray Meyer and player Mark Aguirre. In those days, the arena was regularly filled. Today, only about 3,000 to 4,000 fans attend games. The extension will last until the end of the upcoming season in March 2017.