That area is incredibly dense and served through mostly super congested roads each way once you get off of 90/94.
Outside of those walking off of Metra Clyborne and Brown/Purple Line, getting in and out of there would be a nightmare of biblical proportions.
I used to live in Bucktown. The shitty infrastructure and lack of room around there killed my north side dream.
Traffic/parking would suck, of course, but it sucks at Wrigley too. 90/94 to North Ave and then Ashland to Cortland wouldn't be any worse than trying to get in and out of the Wrigleyville area on game day.
Seems like the offer of free rent at the United Center carries very little risk compared to a new arena near the campus. Whatever incremental revenue they might get from concessions, parking, and facility rental would have to cover a lot of debt service.
Unless, of course, they have someone with very deep pockets willing to underwrite the venture.
not be the best thing for them to do.
Center, they wanted to pursue being the lead tenant in a publicly-financed, smaller arena near McCormick Place. Which will probably never get built.
It would be nice for the basketball team to be able to take advantage of that.
Not impossible, but difficult.
18 men's basketball games per year won't pay for the place. Women's basketball would add a little more revenue, but not a lot.
The arena would have to compete for concerts and other events, and it isn't like Chicago us under-served for those kinds of venues.
I agree it will be a stretch financially, but I think they could find other events to put in there.
for a variety of events.
There are several smaller venues for live music within three or four miles. A basketball arena won't be a better place to see live music, and an arena for DePaul isn't likely to be big enough to host the major bands that fill the bigger venues.
I don't see how they will be able to compete for good concerts.
While an arena might not be better acoustically, it is certainly better for ticket sales.
There are plenty of places in the area that have more seating capacity; and the more people an act can put in the seats, the less location matters.
The Chicago Theatre holds 3,600 for bands that outgrow Park West. The Auditorium Theater holds 4,300. Charter One Pavilion holds 7,500. UIC Pavillion holds 10,000. The Sears Centre holds 11,000.
In the summer, Pritzker Pavilion concerts at Millineum Park can seat 4,000 plus another 7,000 or so on the lawn.
The Pavillion has some but not a lot of concerts, but I see the kinds of things on its schedule that DePaul would have to get - four days of robotics competition, Roller Derby, The Hispanic Catholic Conference (2 days), Boxing.
Like the Pavillion, the Sears Centre has few concerts; but it does host the finest im minor arena entertainment - the Lingerie Football League and an "Indoor Football League" team - to go with a slate of small conventions.
It would be a slam dunk decision for DePaul if the market were underserved for the kinds of attractions it would need to fill open dates and offseason weeks; but the market isn't underserved. The university would have to make the venue better than the competition to make it worthwhile, and that's expensive.
DePaul is one of the two primary tennants of the Horizon. The other is the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. As we all know the Horizon's a bit long in the tooth now. Is there anyway they could convince the Wolves to go in with them on the new building? Or would they have to make it too big for DePaul's purposes. And would there be an issue of where the Wolves fan base is located?
Charter One, UIC, and Sears Center are all a hike from the North side.
And while the I've been to each of the venues you listed, I couldn't walk to any of them.
If you put an arena on the west side of Lincoln Park and next to Wicker Park/Bucktown, trust me, there will be a lot of shows that land there, from a pure convenience standpoint, based on proximity to music lovers.
The hipsters could walk to the show versus taking the El or cabbing it down to Charter One.
I say so as a current LP resident who spends lots of time out west in Wicker/Bucktown too.
A bunch of those music venues are complete dumps too.
With all due respect to the Hoffman Estates folks in the crowd, getting to the SC from where I live is a royal pain in the ass.
as a Lincoln Park arena.
In Lincoln Park, not too bad of a walk from campus, good walking distance from both the Armitage CTA and the Clybourn Metra. Might also be less nimbyism to deal with since it's in an industrial corridor.
That would be a great step towards getting good college basketball back in Chicago. Moving from Rosemont to somewhere near McCormick Place seems like a lateral move at best.
It was amazing to me just how much heat would come out from that place even on the coldest of days. It was actually a nice problem when the winter cold was around.