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SBD/May 16, 2013/Facilities
Proposed DePaul Arena Part Of Mayor's Grand Plan To Boost Chicago Tourism
Published May 16, 2013
SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE: In Chicago, Fran Spielman notes by shifting the focus to Navy Pier, Emanuel "draws attention away from those who have questioned his decision to use public money to bankroll" the project. The arena would "double as an 'event center' for mid-sized shows too large for Navy Pier and too small for McCormick Place." DePaul will "control revenues from the stadium’s concessions, 22 suites and 300 club seats, but only during DePaul games." The school also will have the "exclusive right to name the arena -- either for DePaul or for one of the university’s major donors, but not for a corporate sponsor." The city under the agreement would be "free to use the arena 24 times a year -- either for athletic events involving Chicago Public Schools, Chicago City Colleges or other public events" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 5/16). Also in Chicago, Mark Brown writes, "From the moment this idea was first publicly floated, I’ve said we have enough publicly-subsidized stadiums in Chicago, and nothing I’ve heard yet convinces me otherwise." Providing a "subsidy to a private university’s basketball arena is going to have a lot of people questioning the city’s priorities" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 5/16).