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The St. Louis Arena
The St. Louis Arena

The St. Louis Arena (also known as The Checkerdome from 1977-1983) was a historic indoor arena located in St. Louis, Missouri. Image File history File links Stlouisarena. ... Image File history File links Stlouisarena. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The following is a list of indoor arenas. ... Nickname: Gateway City, Gateway to the West, or Mound City Official website: http://stlouis. ...


After the demolition in 1907 of the famous Exposition Hall, St. Louis lacked an indoor venue for circuses, band concerts, and other large attractions. Nothing was done to remedy this situation until 1928 when the National Dairy Show offered the city the opportunity to become the permanent location for its annual 2-week-long meeting of dairymen and their prize animals. With no public funds available, a group of businessmen secured private funding for what was projected as a $2 million building. The National Exposition Company in charge of the project hired Gustav R. Kiewit as Architect and the Boaz-Kiel Construction Company as general contractor.


Kiewit’s design called for a lamella roof upheld by 20 cantilever steel trusses. The lamella design consisted of Douglas fir ribs, 3.75 inches thick, 17.5 inches wide and 15 feet long, fitted together diagonally giving the appearance of fish scales. Technological advances made it possible to construct the building with no view-obscuring internal support pillars. The huge structure was completed in just over a year. At 476 feet long and 276 feet wide it was, next to Madison Square Garden, the largest indoor entertainment space in the country. It was so large that a 13-story building could have been erected inside of it. The arena was completed in 1929. 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


The arena was also the site of numerous conventions, concerts, political rallies, horse shows, and boxing matches and other events such as the 1973 and 1978 NCAA men's basketball Final Four, as well as the NCAA Men's Midwest Regional finals in 1982, 1984 and 1993, and the 1992-94 Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball tournament. Also, the 1975 NCAA Frozen Four was held there. 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... The Missouri Valley Conference (also called MVC or simply The Valley) is a college athletic conference whose members are located in the midwestern United States. ... The Frozen Four is the trademarked name of the final two rounds of the NCAA Division I championship of ice hockey in the USA. Schools advance in a single-elimination tournament from four regional sites to a single site, where the national semifinals and final game are played. ...


The Arena was not well maintained after the 1940s, and had to be heavily renovated when the St. Louis Blues began playing there in 1967. Blues owner Sid Salomon Jr. purchased the Arena from the Chicago Blackhawks (who used it for occasional home games), and spent several million dollars renovating the building. By opening night, the arena held almost 15,000 seats, up from 12,000 at the start of 1967. It never stopped being renovated from that day on, and held almost 20,000 seats by the time the Blues left the Arena in 1994. Many fans considered its sight lines the best of any arena in the country, which is remarkable considering that the Arena was not originally built for hockey. The St. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... The Chicago Blackhawks are a professional ice hockey team based in Chicago, Illinois. ...


In 1977, the Arena and the Blues were purchased by Ralston Purina, who rechristened the building as The Checkerdome to reflect the new ownership. By 1983, the pet food giant had lost interest in the Blues and the Arena, and forfeited the team to the league. It was purchased by Harry Ornest, a Los Angeles-based businessman, who promptly returned the Arena to its original name. Ralston Purina was a major American corporation best known for its production and marketing of animal feeds. ...


The Arena was abandoned after the Kiel Center (now the Savvis Center) was opened in 1994. The arena remained vacant for nearly five years until its demolition through a controlled implosion on February 27, 1999. Savvis Center The Savvis Center (formerly the Kiel Center) is an arena located in downtown St. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... February 27 is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


Sports teams that called the Arena home include:

  • St. Louis Storm (MISL) (1989-1991)
  • St. Louis Ambush (NPSL) (1992-1994)

 
 

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