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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on sports as economic driver

Emanuel: “This is a great sports town. It promotes, supports and embraces its teams."
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel opened Day 2 of the 2013 Intersport Activation Summit by talking about the city’s sports facilities and emphasizing the importance of sports to Chicago’s economic development.  Emanuel’s comments came a day after the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings in overtime in Game 7 of the NHL’s Western Conference semifinals and during the Crosstown Classic baseball series between the Cubs and the White Sox.  

“It is a great time to be here in Chicago," Emanuel said. "I see what you all do as essential to the city’s economic development, whether it is at Wrigley [Field] or whether at the United Center, where the [Bulls] ownership is bringing their practice facility down to the city. And we are also going to make sure that DePaul has a facility in the city.”

Emanuel said that both events and facilities are “essential to the city’s quality of life and economic development,” noting that that Big Ten basketball tournament will come to Chicago every other year. He said the city is making a big effort to land “those types of events.”

“This is a great sports town,” Emanuel said. “It promotes, supports and embraces its teams, but it doesn’t just stay at the professional level, it goes from college down to high school.”
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