Vanessa Crowder (L) and Sharon Starbeck (R) have been fans since the Sky were founded
Thomas McElroy dunks a ball on one of the games from the McFly Kids.
Shela Orr (L) with her children Frema and Manu and Lola Brown (R) tour the Sky's dressing room at the Allstate Arena
Season ticketholders Pat O'Connell (L) and Jane Bus (R) tour the facilities at the Allstate Arena
Southside season ticketholders Alvin and Mildred Smith pose for a photo at the Allstate Arena
Adrian Cole and Tolanda Jones have been Chicago Sky season ticketholders for several years
Vanessa Crowder and Sharon Starbeck Fans since the days of the ABL Condors
Vanessa Crowder and Sharon Starbeck have been fans since the organization's founding.
"I think it is about time that they have facilities that will meet their needs," said Starbeck.
As for the commute to and from games, both Crowder and Starbeck said the Sky's move to Allstate Arena would add four miles and about fifteen minutes to their usual ride.
Thomas McElroy Season ticketholder since the beginning
"I believe that it will be best for the team's long-term interests. The Sky will be able to draw a bigger crowd, a suburban crowd," said a confident McElroy.
McElroy has courtside seats and after surveying Allstate Arena said, "the amenities are an upgrade from the UIC Pavilion, not that UIC is bad, but this is an upgrade."
As for the issue of location, McElroy said, "for those of us who work downtown it will be a little inconvenient but it will be better in the long run."
McElroy, who is a Principal at Level-1 Global Solutions, also sighted another important factor in the move to Allstate Arena. "We bring clients here, and clients love it," said McElroy, "whether you are bringing women or men clients to the game or friends of family. There's no downside."