SBD/October 12, 2012/Facilities

Chicago Mayor Proposes New Facility To House Bulls Practices, DePaul Basketball

DePaul is seeking an arena site closer to its Lincoln Park campus
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel "voiced support Wednesday for a development that could solve two separate problems” -- where to put a Bulls practice facility and a basketball arena for DePaul Univ., according to David Roeder of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES. Emanuel said that one facility "could serve both needs." The mayor “declined to voice a preference for a location, saying talks continue” with Bulls Owner Jerry Reinsdorf and DePaul. Reinsdorf “has committed to move the Bulls’ practice center" to Chicago from Deerfield, Ill., and it is “widely expected that a city location would provide some type of interaction with fans.” Emanuel said that DePaul "could share the Bulls facility as its new home arena." The DePaul men's team plays its home games in Rosemont, Ill., and DePaul “has been seeking a site closer to its Lincoln Park campus.” Emanuel said that talks with Reinsdorf “haven’t gotten site-specific.” He said, “We’re just talking about different places. …The first thing we wanted to do, and we did it, was to get Jerry to move practices into the city” (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 10/11).
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