Northwestern University announced Tuesday that Welsh-Ryan Arena will undergo a “complete renovation” beginning in the spring of 2017, and the men’s basketball team will play its home games for the 2017-18 season at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.
“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 press release. “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.”
Northwestern to play 2017-18 home games at Allstate Arena. #B1GCats
— NU Men's Basketball (@NUMensBball) September 27, 2016
Welsh-Ryan Arena opened in 1952 and was last renovated in 1983 to expand to a seating capacity of 8,117.
Current Northwestern season ticket holders will receive priority seat locations for season tickets purchased for Allstate Arena, which has a seating capacity of 18,500. Season tickets for the 2017-18 season will go on sale in the spring of 2017.