DePaul Wants Hoops Back In City – But What About Campus?

Tuesday’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) So, big-time college basketball looks to finally be coming back to the Windy City.

Or, at least, DePaul basketball is.

But no matter how you view the caliber of Blue Demons hoops, the fact is, if reports of DePaul returning to play its games in Chicago — following three decades of self-imposed suburban exile — are indeed true, that’s great news for basketball fans throughout the city.

My only question: Is the news as great for DePaul students as it should be?

Last Friday at the Chicago College Basketball Luncheon, DePaul coach Oliver Purnell told the audience, “I’m very pleased that there are serious discussions about DePaul basketball being moved into the confines of Chicago,” according to Crain’s.

Those discussions reportedly include the possibility of constructing a new 15,000-seat arena in the South Loop near McCormick Place, sharing the United Center with the Chicago Bulls, or building a new arena near the UC that could also double as the Bulls’ practice facility.

What the discussions don’t appear to currently include, however, are talks to build a new arena within walking distance of DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus.

And, in my scorebook, that’s a bummer.

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