WELSH-RYAN ARENA is an 8,117-seat multi-purpose arena in Evanston,
Illinois , United States, on the campus of
The building opened in 1952 as a replacement for
For years, Welsh-Ryan
* 1 History * 2 See also * 3 References * 4 External links
McGaw Memorial Hall was built through the generosity of Northwestern University trustee and donor Foster G. McGaw, founder of the American Hospital Supply Corporation. The building, named in memory of McGaw's father, Presbyterian minister and missionary Francis A. McGaw, to house sporting events and large-scale meetings. With a seating capacity of about 13,000, McGaw Memorial Hall was one of the three largest auditoriums in the Chicago area at the time of its construction. Designed by the architectural firm of Holabird & Root & Burgee and built of reinforced concrete, McGaw Memorial Hall contained 54,000 square feet of interior space. The lighting system, consisting of 180 mercury vapor lights, was said to simulate “pure daylight.”
Partitions, portable bleachers, and a removable basketball floor made
the building suitable for a wide variety of uses. While the intent was
to provide a space large enough to hold the entire student body of
In 1983 Northwestern completed extensive renovations on the interior
of the McGaw Hall. In recognition of major contributions to the work,
the principal interior spaces of the building have been named
* ^ "NU Will Begin Work Tuesday on Fieldhouse". Chicago Daily
Tribune . April 29, 1951. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
* ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development
Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve
Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
* ^ Dubin, Howard (August 15, 1952). "New McGaw Hall to Open for
First Basketball Game".
The Daily Northwestern . Northwestern
University. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
* ^ Greenstein, Teddy (13 June 2016). "Northwestern\'s Welsh-Ryan