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Welsh-Ryan Arena

Welsh-Ryan Arena, the home of Northwestern University's basketball, volleyball and wrestling teams, was transformed prior to the 2018-19 basketball seasons as a result of a complete facility renovation.

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, funded the $110-plus million project.

The project, part of the 2010 master athletics facilities plan recommendation, entailed a complete renovation of Welsh-Ryan Arena and McGaw Memorial Hall. The updated facility features:

  • 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, including 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
  • A new ticket office
  • New locker rooms for men's basketball, women's basketball and volleyball