The Chicago Sky will start playing at an arena near downtown Chicago for the 2018 season.
The WNBA team has been played the last eight years at Allstate Arena in the northern suburb of Rosemont. On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority voted to approve an agreement to have the Sky play at Wintrust Arena in the South Loop neighborhood, not far from Soldier Field.
The five-year agreement includes the Sky playing all 17 home games at Wintrust Arena along with promotional events. The Sky will receive revenue from tickets, sponsorship sales and merchandise. The authority will receive rent, concessions, parking and ticketing fees.
The more than 10,000-seat arena is scheduled to open in September. Other tenants include the DePaul University men’s and women’s basketball teams.