Welsh-Ryan Arena, the home of Northwestern University's basketball, volleyball and wrestling teams, will be transformed as a result of a complete facility renovation. Construction will begin at the conclusion of the basketball season in March 2017 with anticipated completion by fall 2018.
A leadership gift from Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan, along with a $10 million gift from Stephen R. and Susan K. Wilson, donations from other loyal Northwestern benefactors and the existing athletics maintenance and equipment budget, will fund the $110-plus million project.
The project, part of the 2010 master athletics facilities plan recommendation, will entail a complete renovation of Welsh-Ryan Arena and McGaw Memorial Hall, including:
New seating throughout the arena, with chair-back seats replacing existing wood bleachers
Wider, more accessible concourses with improved lighting
Improved accessibility for the mobility-impaired, with five new elevators
New restrooms, doubling the number of toilet fixtures as well as the addition of accessible family restrooms
New concession areas along with new food and drink offerings
State-of-the-art lighting, audio and video capabilities in the arena
Premium seating areas and expansion of hospitality spaces
Expansion of the building lobby by nearly 50 percent
A new ticket office
New locker rooms for men's basketball, women's basketball and volleyball
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“The new Welsh-Ryan Arena will be a dramatic transformation for our varsity sports programs that call it home and for the fans who devotedly support our student-athletes.”
– Jim Phillips, Vice President for Athletics and Recreation
For more information about making a gift to support the renovation of Welsh-Ryan Arena, please contact Chris McFarlane at 847-467-4856.