Welsh-Ryan Arena

Welsh-Ryan Arena

Welsh-Ryan Arena History

If you're looking for a top-tier college basketball game and the perfect arena to boot, you're definitely in the right spot, as Welsh-Ryan Arena is just one of those places that is always absolutely packed to the brim with excitement. Welsh-Ryan Arena has been the staple of the local community since it first opened in 1952 (then known as McGaw Memorial Hall) and there have been some big-time matchups featuring the Wildcats of Northwestern University over that time period.

College basketball is just one of those sports that really gets take up to a whole different level when you get to see it in person, though that's not something that you'll figure anywhere but the stadium alongside thousands of your fellow fans. Once you're there in the stands, you'll understand loud and clear why so many people love turning up to Welsh-Ryan Arena to see all of the action up close and personal.


Welsh-Ryan Arena Events Hosted

One look at the schedule of the Welsh-Ryan Arena and you'll see plenty of amazing matchups and events that you know you'll want to be a part of, as this is a venue that is always in the middle of one amazing matchup or show after another. With a capacity of more than 8,000 for the biggest games of the year, this is one of those slamming venues that is always the perfect place to be if you're looking for a top-tier sporting event that is sure to be the talk of the town leading up to the opening tip.

The Northwestern Wildcats have established themselves as one of the premier teams in theBig 10, which is something you'll see first-hand if you get out for an intense matchup. Against big-time rivals like Ohio State and Michigan, the Wildcats remain one of the toughest teams to beat from year to year, though you shouldn't just take our word for it. If you've never been out to see a Northwestern Wildcats game at the Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evansville, you have absolutely no idea what you've been missing.


Chicago, Illinois

If you've never been to Chicago, well, that's something that you probably should remedy at some point, as this American icon is known for quite a few things. One of the things it's definitely known for, of course, is it's bustling sports scene, with the Bulls of the NBA, the Bears of the NFL, the Blackhawks of the NHL and both the Cubs and White Sox of MLB leading the way. Chicago sports fans have watched their teams put together plenty of championship runs over the years, and you never know when the next title run is going to come, making this sports scene as good as it gets around the country and world.

But you also should absolutely not make the mistake of thinking that Chicago is only about sports, as its entertainment scene is every bit as renowned. As a jewel of the Midwest, Chicago always has the hottest acts around coming to town, from top-tier concerts and plays to the very best musicals, which you can always find. Once you're there in the stands watching one of your favorite shows get underway, you'll understand why the Windy City is such a staple of the entertainment world, as the crowd is sure to be absolutely electric all the way to the closing curtain.


Welsh-Ryan Arena Seating Layout

Welsh-Ryan Arenais sure to be absolutely hopping all season long as the Wildcats put together yet another memorable season filled with thunderous dunks, eye-popping blocked shots and the pinpoint passes that Wildcats basketball has become noted for over the years. Don't miss out on a game loaded with some of the brightest and best stars of college basketball as the Wildcats look to put together another memorable season. The last thing you'll be thinking about is your seat, of course, as this arena is sure to be popping with excitement and memorable moments that will have you jumping out of your seat in no time.


Welsh-Ryan Arena Trivia

Do you know that Welsh-Ryan Arena held the Final Four back in the mid-1950s?

Yup, Ike was president, business was booming all over the country, and the best basketball players in the country came to Evansville, Illinois to battle it out in front of thousands of fans that poured into the stands, with only pride and university unity on the line. Following that, basketball fans around Welsh-Ryan Arena became accustomed to seeing basketball playing at the highest possible level, and you can still find a steady stream of talented players on the court each and every Northwestern Wildcats season. Once you're there in the stands alongside tens of thousands of your fellow fans, you'll understand loud and clear what all the excitement is about, as college basketball has to be seen up close and personal to be truly appreciated.

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