Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago, has expressed interest in having DePaul return to the Windy City to play their home games.
The Blue Demons have played at the Allstate Arena since 1980, about 15 miles away from DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus.
Emanuel had this to say at a press conference at McCormick Place on Monday.
“DePaul for years has been talking about a stadium in Chicago that’s better for their basketball team, better for their fans and better to be close to home. It is in our interest as a city that they choose Chicago. And so we’re going to work together to look at Chicago being a home for DePaul’s Blue Demons. It will be a win for DePaul and a win for the city of Chicago.”
The Blue Demons have plans to bring their home games to a city by 2018. There’s been no word as to whether or not Chicago is the front runner, but they are still on that timetable.
This would be huge for DePaul. With a smart head coach in Oliver Purnell and a Big East player of the year candidate in Cleveland Melvin, bringing the Blue Demons to the city for home games could not only attract more fans, but also attract more recruits. This would be huge for a team that has spent it’s time in the conference in the basement (25-97 since joining) and could eventually lead to a new way of winning for DePaul. While nothing is imminent, the Blue Demons would be wise to accept Emanuel’s offer.