Alumni Hall (DePaul University)
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Alumni Hall DePaul University

Coordinates: 41°55?23?N 87°39?14?W / 41.923°N 87.654°W / 41.923; -87.654

Alumni Hall
Ray Meyer Court
Location1011 W Belden Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60604
OwnerDePaul University
OperatorDePaul University
Capacity5,308 (basketball)
Construction
Broke groundOctober 3, 1955
OpenedDecember 16, 1956
ClosedFebruary 26, 2000
DemolishedSummer, 2000
Construction cost$2 million
ArchitectNaess & Murphy
Tenants
DePaul Blue Demons (NCAA) (1956-2000)
Chicago Hustle (WBL) (1978-1981)

Alumni Hall was a 5,308-seat multi-purpose arena in Chicago on DePaul's Lincoln Park campus.[1]

History

Alumni Hall was dedicated on December 16, 1956 and was owned and operated by DePaul University.[2] It replaced the University Auditorium, the school's prior on-campus gym.

It was home to the DePaul Blue Demons men's basketball team from 1956 until they moved to the Rosemont Horizon in 1980.[1] The DePaul Blue Demons women's basketball team played all their home games at Alumni Hall from 1974 to 2000, while the men's team played occasional games there. The DePaul Blue Demons women's volleyball team also played their home matches at Alumni Hall.[3]

The building was the site of the first round of the men's NCAA Midwest Regional in 1960[4] and was used for first round NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament games in 1990 and 1992.

The arena closed in 2000 and was torn down in 2001. The women's team moved to the DePaul Athletic Center and the men's team moved all games to their main arena, the Allstate Arena (formerly the Rosemount Horizon).[2]

The land for Alumni Hall was repurposed for the new DePaul Student Center.[5]

Professional basketball

Alumni Hall was the practice facility for the Chicago Bulls in the 1960s and 1970s.[2][3] Alumni Hall was home to the Chicago Hustle of the WBL from 1978 to 1981.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b "DePaul Basketball A-to-Z". depaulbluedemons.com. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Then and now: Chicago's lost sports venues". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Adios, Alumni Hall". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "1960 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "Attendance and Sites" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved 2012.

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