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    Basketball Game Day Information

    Public Transportation to Welsh-Ryan Arena

    CTA:
    Ride the Purple CTA line to the Central Street train station, 2 blocks east of Welsh-Ryan Arena. Parking is available at both the Howard and Linden Stations.

    Click here for more information on the CTA Purple Line.

    Metra:
    The Central Street Metra Station is also conveniently located 2 blocks to the west of Welsh-Ryan Arena at 1601 Central Street.

    The Evanston Central Street Station is part of the Union Pacific/North Line (UP-N). Click here for more information on taking Metra.

    Basketball Parking & Directions

    Parking

    Welsh-Ryan Arena is located just north of Ryan Field, which is located at the crossroads of Ashland Avenue (N/S) and Central Street (E/W) at 1501 Central St., Evanston, IL 60208. Parking for basketball is available in either lot adjacent to Ryan Field, on the east side of the stadium or on the other side of Ashland Avenue, just west of Ryan Field. Parking for men's basketball is $15 and free for women's basketball.

    Parking is first-come, first-serve in both the East and the West parking lots, and fans are encouraged to arrive early. Additional free street parking is available in the surrounding Evanston neighborhood. For a map of the neighborhood, click here.

    After dropping off passengers, charter buses should park in the free lots at the Sports Pavilion and Aquatic Center on campus (2311 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208).

    Directions From the North:
    Take I-94 to Skokie Blvd/ Route 41 Exit. Exit ramp becomes Skokie Boulevard. Continue south to Lake Avenue (2nd traffic light). Turn left on Lake Avenue and proceed east to Green Bay Road. Turn right (south) onto Green Bay Road to Central Street. Turn left (east) on Central. Follow Central Street east for ½ mile. You will see Ryan Field on your left. Park in either lot adjacent to Ryan Field. Welsh-Ryan Arena is just north of Ryan Field.

    From the Western Suburbs:
    Take I-90 east to I-294 north. Exit on Dempster Street East and take Dempster Street to McCormick Blvd. Turn left (north) on McCormick. McCormick will dead end at Green Bay Road. Turn left onto Green Bay. Then turn right onto Central Street, which is the second light. Follow Central Street east for ½ mile. You will see Ryan Field on your left. Park in either lot adjacent to Ryan Field. Welsh-Ryan Arena is just north of Ryan Field.

    From the South - Lake Shore Drive:
    Take Lake Shore Drive north to Sheridan Road. Continue north on Sheridan Road until you pass the Evanston Campus buildings. Turn left on Central Street and go west for approximately one mile. You will see Ryan Field on your right. Park in either lot adjacent to Ryan Field. Welsh-Ryan Arena is just north of Ryan Field.

    From the South - I-94:
    Take I-94 north and exit at Exit on Dempster Street East and take Dempster Street to McCormick Blvd. Turn left (north) on McCormick. McCormick will dead end at Green Bay Road. Turn left onto Green Bay. Then turn right onto Central Street, which is the second light. Follow Central Street east for ½ mile. You will see Ryan Field on your left. Park in either lot adjacent to Ryan Field. Welsh-Ryan Arena is just north of Ryan Field.