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Allstate Arena Secures DePaul Replacement

Rosemont, Illinois will not be without college basketball in the 2017-18 season as the Northwestern Wildcats have committed to playing its men's basketball games at Allstate Arena for one season during renovations to the on-campus Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston.

The DePaul Blue Demons men's basketball team has played at Allstate Arena since it opened in 1980 and was one of two original tenants along with the Chicago Horizons of the Major Indoor Soccer League that lasted just one season.  DePaul's run in Rosemont will come to an end after the 2016-17 season as it will move to the new McCormick Place Events Center in Chicago for the 2017-18 season.

As was the case with DePaul, only the men's team will play at the arena.  Northwestern has not yet announced a home venue for the women's team during the renovations.

Allstate Arena is also home of the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves, one of the better-drawing teams at the gate in the league despite being affiliated with a rival of the Blackhawks, and the Chicago Sky of the Women's National Basketball Association.  The Sky are currently in the semifinals of the WNBA playoffs.  The arena also keeps a packed schedule of concerts and events on non-sporting nights.

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B-Sens Destined For Belleville

The Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League will have one final hurrah in the 2016-17 season before moving north of the Canadian border.

The Ottawa Senators' top affiliate will be known as the Belleville Senators (keeping true to the B-Sens nickname) and play in Belleville, Ontario beginning in the 2017-18 season.  Belleville's location within the Ottawa TV market makes cross-promotion far more achievable.  Other benefits include players not having to cross national borders for call-ups and send-downs, quicker access to scout minor league players and proximity for last-minute call-ups.

The team will play at Yardmen Arena.

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LAFC Break Ground, Name Stadium Banc of California Stadium

The site of the former Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena is now Banc of California Stadium, as Los Angeles FC began construction on the new stadium Tuesday.

Banc of California is relatively small for a stadium naming rights deal, holding only $10 billion is assets, which is a lot, but minuscule compared to other stadium naming right owners such as BBVA Compass.

The naming rights deal lasts for 15 years and the team is scheduled to debut in MLS in 2018, following Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC who are set to join for the 2017 season.

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