Neighbors Leery of Northwestern's Arena Scheduling

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Northwestern University has reduced the number of special events it intends to host at Welsh-Ryan Arena from 15 to seven, but some residents are still concerned that it's too much for the neighborhood to bear.

As reported by the Evanston RoundTable, Northwestern's deputy director of athletics for external affairs and the university's executive director for neighborhoods and community relations, attempted to court support for use of the arena beyond Wildcat sporting events at a meeting with residents this week, even after halving their desired number of special events. The university's proposed amendment to the City of Evanston's permitted uses under current zoning would allow Northwestern to host up to seven (six one-day and one multi-day) professional sporting and commercial events at the 7,000-plus seat arena.

The university sought the change after the World Team Tennis group approached officials in January about using Welsh-Ryan for its tennis tournament.

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