May 16, 2017
CHICAGO – The DePaul athletics department announced today marquee games on the men’s and women’s basketball non-conference schedules in the opening season at Wintrust Arena. The men’s team starts the 2017-18 campaign on Saturday, Nov. 11 against Notre Dame while the women’s team hosts national power Connecticut on Friday, Dec. 8.
DePaul and Notre Dame renew a long-standing rivalry as the two teams meet for the first time since 2012-13 season. The Nov. 11 contest will be the 105th meeting between the two programs and the first in a two-game agreement. DePaul is scheduled to make the return trip to South Bend during the 2018-19 season.
“We’re excited to take the next step to opening Wintrust Arena with this announcement,” said Leitao. “We’ve had some great battles and moments against Notre Dame over the years and getting them back on the schedule for the upcoming season and the following year is a natural for both our programs. This game will be a great event for us to kick off our schedule at Wintrust Arena.”
In addition to the men’s opener against Notre Dame, the highlight of the DePaul women’s basketball schedule at Wintrust Arena will be a Friday, Dec. 8 game against Connecticut. The Blue Demons are scheduled to play six games at Wintrust Arena next season. DePaul and Connecticut have met 15 times including 11 of the last 12 seasons.
“Wintrust Arena is going to provide a golden opportunity to showcase the best of women’s college basketball here in Chicago,” said Bruno. “Just as Wintrust has grown to become Chicago’s bank, we have scheduled the greatest team in NCAA women’s history to grow the game in Chicago. Our DePaul women’s basketball program has always believed in playing the absolute best teams in the country, and UConn epitomizes the ultimate challenge in the NCAA women’s game.”
The complete non-conference schedules for the men’s and women’s basketball programs will be announced as they are finalized this summer along with television and radio information.
Now is the time to opt-in for season tickets as Wintrust Arena opens its doors in fall 2017 for DePaul men’s and women’s basketball. Those who place $25 per season ticket deposits by June 1, 2017 will be able to select their seat location before sales open to the general public this summer. General public season tickets go on sale July 5, 2017. DePaul basketball season ticket holders will also have the first right to purchase tickets at Wintrust Arena for non-DePaul basketball events. For more information on season tickets and premium seating options contact the DePaul ticket office at (773) 325-7526 or visit the Online Ticket Office.