Northwestern University’s women’s basketball and volleyball will host their home events at Evanston Township High School’s Beardsley Gym during the 2017-18 season. The Wildcats will rent Evanston’s facilities while Welsh-Ryan Arena undergoes a complete, $110 million renovation.

“We’re thrilled for the opportunity that Evanston Township High School has provided our student-athletes and fans,” Jim Phillips, Northwestern vice president for athletics & recreation said in a news release. “This is a reflection of our already strong partnership with the Evanston community. We are excited for our women’s basketball and volleyball programs to compete locally next year and create a true home-gym advantage as close to the Northwestern campus as possible.”
Welsh-Ryan Arena will be transformed beginning immediately after the conclusion of the 2016-17 basketball season with anticipated completion by fall 2018. The venue will provide a state-of-the-art home for Northwestern basketball, volleyball, and wrestling, and the fans of those programs.

“ETHS highly values our many partnership opportunities with Northwestern,” said Chris Livatino, ETHS athletic director. “We are honored to share our beloved Beardsley Gym with the Wildcats and thrilled to host the volleyball and women’s basketball teams here this year.”
In addition to being the 2017-18 home for Northwestern women’s basketball and volleyball, ETHS will host its regular schedule of high school athletic events in Beardsley, giving ‘Kits and ‘Cats fans the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of sporting events at home in Evanston.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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