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Chicago’s Wintrust Arena opens its doors

The Wintrust Arena in Chicago, home to the DePaul University basketball programmes, has opened its doors to the public.

The Blue Demons practiced for the first time last Friday before opening the doors to the public on Saturday.

The Wintrust Arena is home to DePaul University men’s and women’s basketball, and is planned to become a prominent Chicago venue for concerts, sporting events, meetings and conventions, family-friendly shows and other major special events.

The Chicago Sky WNBA team will also play its home games at the new arena.

The 10,387-seat venue features 22 suites, 479 club seats, two VIP club lounges and the Demon Deck, a designated section for DePaul students with a close-up view of the on-court action.

Amenities include state-of-the-art technology, multiple locker rooms, sports medicine areas and training facilities.

The building’s distinct architecture will complement the surrounding area. The sleek glass facade provides a clear view of the energy and action happening inside the event centre, while smooth undulating arcs on the roof rise upward, making the centre instantly recognisable in the Chicago skyline.

The architecture is based on the original work of internationally renowned firm Pelli Clarke Pelli and completed by the award-winning firm, Moody Nolan, which served as the primary architect. Clark Construction Company is the general contractor for the project.

Located at South Indiana Avenue and East Cermak Road, Wintrust Arena will be part of a lively entertainment district that includes new dining and entertainment options, hotels and vibrant streetscapes.