Sky to Call Allstate Arena Home In 2010

CHICAGO, August 17, 2009 – The Chicago Sky announced today that the team will play the 2010 WNBA season at Allstate Arena after reaching a multi-year contract agreement with the arena.

The Allstate Arena is centrally located in close proximity to both city and suburbs. It is just off I-90 and I-294 with plenty of parking and easy access to the building plus the CTA Blue Line is close by. Allstate Arena benefitted from a $30 million facelift in 1999 and has many top-notch amenities such as padded comfortable seating, a state-of-the-art audio and visual system, wide bright concourse with many concessionaire locations plus several of hospitality spaces.

“The Sky has developed from an expansion team into one of the WNBA’s most formidable teams with fabulous young talent and a very bright future. The Allstate Arena is a great choice for our team and our fans as we enter our next stage of growth. The central location and benefits of our new home will help our Sky family continue to expand”, said Sky President and CEO Margaret Stender.

Allstate Arena hosts more than 150 events annually and is home to the Chicago Wolves and the DePaul University Men’s Basketball. Based on the 2009 Pollstar Survey, the Allstate ranked the 2nd busiest arena in the country and 12th in the world. Below lists how the Sky’s new home ranks in overall ticket sales versus other WNBA arenas.

“As a player, we are extremely excited for the move,” said Candice Dupree, Chicago Sky forward and Team Captain. “The new arena should provide an exciting, professional environment for us to play in as well as for our fans to come out and cheer us on. As a player who has been here from the beginning, this is truly a huge step forward for our team, players, and fans.”

Harry Pappas, Executive Director of the Allstate Arena states “On behalf of the Allstate Arena staff, I would like to join the Village of Rosemont in welcoming the WNBA Chicago Sky. We look forward to being the Home Court and showing our hospitality to their fans, both at the Allstate Arena and the many entertainment and dining options that Rosemont has to offer.”

There will NOT be an increase in Sky ticket prices due to this move. The Sky is planning to primarily use the 100 Level of the Allstate Arena which is approximately 7,000 capacity seats and will have the opportunity to expand to the maximum of 19,000 when needed. Season holder ticket prices range from $10 to $125 with over 3,400 out of the 7,000 lower bowl seats at $20 or less. Click here for a list of full benefits of the Allstate Arena.

To aid the transition, in the coming weeks the players, coaches, and staff of the Sky will be hosting two housewarming parties to show off their new home. Fans will be invited to stop by to see the arena and all it has to offer.

The Honorable Bradley A. Stephens, Mayor Village of Rosemont, Illinois promises that, “The entire Chicago Sky organization can rest assured that the Rosemont team will join me in working tirelessly to provide the best home base of operations any team could experience. Rosemont will do what it does best -- provide a progressive environment for both athletic and business growth for the Chicago Sky organization.”