The Windy City Bulls hosted their home opener on Wednesday night. If you aren't familiar with the WCB, they are the Chicago Bulls' G League affiliate team. It was the first time in 20 months they had played in front of their home fans at NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
OnTapSportsNet.com CEO Tony Marchese and I got the invite to sit courtside and watch the action. And let me tell you, it didn't disappoint.
The Windy City Bulls Experience
The Windy City Bulls ended up losing 101-99 to the Motor City Cruise, the G-League affiliate of the Detroit Pistons. Despite the end result, the game atmosphere was amazing.
I never would have thought I'd see so many die-hard Windy City Bulls fans. Not that the G League isn't a well-done product, but because it isn't the NBA. I was dead wrong. Families and basketball heads alike were cheering on the WCB and seemed genuinely excited that their team was playing at home again.
To celebrate the team's fifth anniversary, the WCB featured $5 concessions (yes, that includes beer!). Tickets reps walked up and down every aisle, talking to fans and asking them how they enjoyed their experience.
During halftime, there is a nice seating area where you can, eat, drink, and relax as you await the second half to start.
Why Head to Hoffman Estates?
The action on the court was as competitive as it gets. The players that comprise the G League are all striving to get to the NBA. Those guys didn't take any plays off and the action was jam-packed.
I consider myself a "hoop-head"; I love basketball through and through. Furthermore, I love bringing my family to any games I frequent. NOW Arena is a great place to do just that.
The Windy City Bulls have done a phenomenal job of making their fans feel at home. If you are a fan of the Bulls or basketball in general, I highly recommend getting out to NOW Arena to take in the WCB experience for yourself.