I’ve been ignoring the issue of whether or not DePaul University should take $33 million in city money and build themselves a new basketball arena near my South Loop home. (That’s less than 20 percent of the cost, by the way.) But since the New York Times took on the issue yesterday in a short article, I guess Mom, I Think I’m Poignant better weigh in with a post, too.
Frankly, I don’t know what to think. Would it be cool having DePaul basketball leave Rosemont and play here in the ‘hood at 21st and Prairie? Maybe recapture the glory days just a short walk from my house at Roosevelt and State? I guess so.
Or should I go along with the anti-sentiments?
Like these: why should city money be spent on a private university’s recreational structure when the city has scores of schools closing for lack of funds? Why should city money be spent on a private university when said private university is known to raise plenty of private funds on their own? And really, why should said university even be spending their hard-raised funds on a new stadium when they could be renting perfectly good space at a reasonable price at United Center, let’s say–if they want a very central city presence? Not good enough for them?
Why should neighbors in the Prairie District near my house be bothered by hordes of basketball fans, not to mention fans of other games and shows that the new arena is supposedly going to be used for when DePaul isn’t playing? Yeah, why should they be?
OK. So I did my duty. And only a day behind the New York Times. Why they care I don’t know. But since I’ve brought it up, what do people think? Yay or Nay? A new DePaul basketball arena? Should it be headed for the South Loop?