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Concert At Allstate Arena Would Push Sky To UIC Pavilion If Team Reaches WNBA Finals

If the WNBA Chicago Sky win tonight and reach the WNBA Finals, their home games "will not be at Allstate Arena" due to a scheduling conflict with a Garth Brooks concert, according to Brian Sandalow of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES. The conflict means the Sky "would host Games 3 and 4 of the best-of-five series at the UIC Pavilion." Allstate Arena is booked tomorrow through Sept. 14 for shows by Brooks. Due to "popular demand, an unprecedented 11th sold-out show was added to Brooks’ stop as he starts his comeback world tour, and it was something the building couldn’t pass up." Allstate Arena Exec Dir Patrick Nagle, who has been booking events at the facility for 18 years, said, "It’s a tough thing to do to a home tenant that’s based here, but it’s a once-in-a-career booking." The Pavilion "seats 6,958 and has a full capacity of 10,075." The Sky’s court from Allstate Arena "would be used instead of the one on which UIC’s men’s and women’s basketball teams play." Sky President & CEO Adam Fox said that the franchise "looked into different venues in Chicago and the suburbs." The Sky played at the Pavilion from '06-09 (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 9/3). The facilities are 18 miles apart (THE DAILY).
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