City-Suburban Showdown moves venues

The City-Suburban Showdown on Feb. 18 has been moved from the UIC Pavilion to Proviso West High School due to an NCAA bylaw, event promoter Bob Rylko said on Tuesday.

UIC recently informed Rylko that the event could not be held at UIC because of NCAA bylaw, which went into effect on April 28, 2011. The bylaw prohibits nonscholastic events from being conducted at facilities regularly used by Division I athletic programs. Despite the participants, the NCAA considers the event non-scholastic because it's hosted by a private organization.

Rylko and David Kaplan are co-owners of The Integrity Group, which hosts the City-Suburban Showdown. Rylko said the three games in this year's showdown (the 17th annual) will remain on Feb. 18 and at the same times. The three games are St. Rita versus New Trier at 4:30 p.m., Warren versus Proviso East at 6:30 p.m. and Simeon versus De La Salle at 8:30 p.m.

Rylko said customers who have already purchased tickets should return them for a refund to the locations where they were bought. Proviso West ticket information is expected to be released soon.

“We feel badly about it, but under the circumstances, there’s not much we can do about it,” Rylko said. “We’re moving forward and going to put this behind us.”

Last year’s City-Suburban Showdown drew 8,184 fans at the UIC Pavilion. Proviso West holds about 2,400 fans, according to Rylko.