Evanston approves pilot program allowing Northwestern University to host more events at Welsh-Ryan Arena

EVANSTON (WLS) -- Evanston residents can expect more events at Northwestern's Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Monday night, the Evanston City Council approved a controversial two-year pilot program. It allows up to seven non-athletic events at the arena each year.

People living nearby have said they are concerned about the extra noise and traffic.

Last year, the arena wrapped up a multi-million dollar renovation. The $110 million plan included new seating, concession areas and restrooms. It was the first renovation of the more than 60-year-old arena since the 1980s.
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