Wintrust Arena at McCormick Square
Wintrust Arena at McCormick SquareChicago, IL 2019
Wintrust Arena is located on the Near South Side of Chicago. It is the home of DePaul University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams and a multipurpose event space that hosts concerts and convention-related events for McCormick Place, the country’s largest convention center. The arena is part of a redevelopment plan to transform the surrounding neighborhood into a vibrant entertainment district with new dining and entertainment venues, hotels and streetscapes.
The event center’s main design feature is an inventive roof that swells upward over the arena seating. Within the arena, the roof’s structure is exposed, making the steel trusses that hold it aloft an expressive part of the design. The design team endeavored to create an arena that contributes positively to the streets that surround it, sharing the activity inside and investing the design with features that are active all the time — not just during the events. An opening in the arena seating offers passersby a glimpse of the world-class scoreboard, as well as of the events inside.
The two levels of suites and individually articulated seating sections create an intimate venue. The Blue Demon Deck student section cantilevers dramatically from the top of the arena and places the students directly over the action. Open concourses keep the spectators connected to the event as they circulate throughout the building. Athletic support facilities, backstage areas, loading docks and mechanical spaces are all strategically placed in an arena that contributes greatly to the surrounding neighborhood.
Project DetailsArchitect: Moody Nolan
Construction Cost: 155,000,000
Square Feet: 285,000
Occupancy: September 2017
Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Woodway
Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Wittback
Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: Greatmats and Ecosurfaces
Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: Keiser
Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Sorinex Exercise Equipment
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Arena Seating: Hussey Seating Co.
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Bleachers/Grandstands: Hussey Seating Co.
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Folding Chairs: Hussey Seating Co.
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Musco Sports Lighting LLC
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Panasonic
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scorers Tables: Panasonic
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Sound Systems: Panasonic
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Connor Sports
Locker/Shower - Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.
Locker/Shower - Lockers: Superior Recreational Products
Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Global Partitiions
Training Facilities - Hydrotherapy Tanks: Grimm Scientific