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Welsh-Ryan Arena


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.