Mar 6, 2012; New York, NY, USA; DePaul Blue Demons forward Cleveland Melvin (12) drives past Connecticut Huskies forward Roscoe Smith (22) during the second half of the first round at the Big East Championship held at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
DePaul is hoping to build a new stadium in Lincoln Park.
The DePaul Blue Demons have long been thought of as a sleeping giant on the Chicago basketball scene given the city's plethora of high school talent. Problem is, few top recruits choose DePaul, which is how a once proud Chicago powerhouse has turned into a perennial doormat in the Big East.
DePaul's biggest issue has long been thought to be their stadium. The Blue Demons play their home games at Allstate Arena, a home far too large and far too distant from the school's Lincoln Park campus.
According to Comcast SportsNet, DePaul is working to fix this. The university wants a new arena near Lincoln Park, and the issue will be on the agenda during a May meeting.
If approved it will allow the university to hire the necessary consultants to prepare a feasibility study, which is the first step in planning the construction of an arena that is expected to seat between 10,000-12,000 fans. There are two parcels of land that have long been rumored as potential sites for a new DePaul arena including the Finkl Steel property which is walking distance from the DePaul campus. Also on the potential list of sites is a property that has housed the Morton Salt Company on Elston Avenue near both the Kennedy Expressway and the Chicago River.
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