You may hear some students claim that DePaul, “doesn’t have school spirit.” My counter argument to these opinions is that students are what make up school spirit. Bringing a group of friends any sporting events, not just basketball games, is what allows you to have fans to cheer with. These small groups of friends are what make up a roaring student section, it can be as simple as that. Being a part of the Big East means that we’re up against some great teams so the competition is fierce and games are worth watching.
A few weeks ago, I attended the Marquette vs. DePaul Men’s Basketball
Game where I have the opportunity to sit feet away from an NCAA court (something that a lot of universities don’t offer!) Reflecting back, I really wish sporting events had been a bigger part of my DePaul experience. DePaul is building a new arena on the South Side of Chicago near McCormick Place
, but until then the Men’s Basketball Team plays at Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Since you can’t quite make it to Allstate via public transportation, DePaul Athletics is awesome enough to provide free busses to students that go directly from the Lincoln Park Campus to Allstate and back. All you have to do is reserve your spot on Campus Connect. There is also an option to purchase a $5 parking pass you’re traveling from home and would prefer driving to Allstate.
Once you make it to the basketball game the excitement and perks continue. For the Marquette vs. DePaul game all student attendees were given a free t-shirt, drawstring bag, and spirit sign! Then at halftime, Athletics provided free lunch in one of the lounges at the top of the stadium. Chicken tenders and fries hit the spot as Blue Demons took on the Golden Eagles in the 2nd half. Although the game ended with an (unfortunate) Marquette win, 73-60, the experience and memory of a DePaul basketball game was well worth the trip!