Northwestern men to play 2017-18 home games at Allstate Arena

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KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 24: Head coach Chris Collins of the Northwestern Wildcats yells from the bench during the CBE Hall Of Fame Classic game against the Missouri Tigers at Sprint Center on November 24, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Northwestern announced Tuesday that its men’s basketball team will play all home games during the 2017-18 season at Allstate Arena while Welsh-Ryan Arena undergoes a complete renovation.

The Wildcats will continue to play at Welsh-Ryan during the upcoming 2016-17 season. Welsh-Ryan renovation is expected to begin in spring 2017 and be completed in the fall of 2018.

“We are excited to partner with Allstate Arena to host Northwestern men’s basketball games during the 2017-18 season while Welsh-Ryan Arena is undergoing its renovation,” Northwestern Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips said in a statement. “The venue has a rich college basketball tradition in the Chicagoland area. I know that our fans will enjoy cheering on our team at Allstate Arena during what will be an exciting season.”

The university says season-ticket holders for the 2016-17 season will receive priority seat locations for season tickets purchased for 2017-18 games at Allstate. They also will be guaranteed the opportunity to purchase season tickets for the 2018-19 season at the reopening of the renovated Welsh-Ryan Arena.

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