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Collins goal: To make Welsh-Ryan best home court in Big Ten

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Here's what Chris Collins had to say about the facilities at Northwestern.

"The last time I was in Welsh-Ryan was 1992. I was a player. I played in the supersectional against Stevenson. The place was packed. You couldn't find a seat in here and it was and unbelievable atmosphere. I know there has been a lot of talk about what we don't have and what we need and all that kind of stuff. My goal for Welsh-Ryan is let's make this a heck of a home court advantage. Let's get these seats packed. I want to get on campus and get the students excited. Let's get people in the building. Let's get everybody wearing purple. Let's see what it's like when we have 8,000 people in here going crazy for Northwestern basketball. To me, it's going to be a homecourt advantage.

"In terms of facilities, I believe in the vision that Dr. Phillips and President Schapiro have. I can already see that the lakefront facility is going to be off the charts. I got a chance to see the site last night. They have the vision to be top notch in athletics and I know it's going to apply to basketball as well. It's my job to find the right guys to come in here and be a part of this and I know as we continue to succeed, we'll continue to make changes and make this the bset place we can make it.

"My goal is to make Welsh-Ryan the best homecourt advantage in the Big Ten. That's not going to be easy. But I come from a place, if you walk into [Duke's] Cameron Indoor Stadium, nobody goes in there and talks about how state of the art it is but you talk about the atmosphere because it's about the people that are in there and their hunger and excitement and that's what we have to build. We've got to get our students, our alumni and our fan base excited about coming in here and supporting us."

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