Report: Northwestern working on deal to play in the United Center next season


The Northwestern basketball program is reportedly close to reaching a deal to play a game at the United Center in 2016, Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday.

Greenstein reports that Northwestern and Illinois are looking to play a double-header at the United Center next December with the Wildcats taking on Dayton and the Illini playing BYU. While Illinois plays a game in the United Center -- the home of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks -- annually, Northwestern hasn't played in the United Center since it took on Illinois there in 2003.

The United Center is a joint-venture co-chaired by Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz. Both Reinsdorf, a graduate of Northwestern's law school, and Wirtz, a 1975 graduate of the School of Communication and a University Trustee, have strong ties to the school.