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United Center
The UC

Location 1901 W. Madison St.
Chicago, Illinois 60612
Coordinates 41°52′50″N 87°40′27″W / 41.88056, -87.67417
Broke ground April, 1992
Opened August 18, 1994
Owner Rocky Wirtz and Jerry Reinsdorf
Operator Rocky Wirtz and Jerry Reinsdorf
Construction cost $175 million
Architect HOK Sport
W.E. Simpson Company
Tenants Chicago Bulls (NBA) (1994-present)
Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) (1994-present)
Capacity Basketball: 22,220
Hockey: 20,500

The United Center is an indoor sports arena located in the Near West Side community area of Chicago, Illinois, named after its corporate sponsor, United Airlines. The United Center is home to both the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL and the Chicago Bulls of the NBA. The plan to build the arena was created by the late Bill Wirtz and Jerry Reinsdorf, the owners of the two sports teams, respectively. The United Center's predecessor was the indoor Chicago Stadium, which was demolished after the newer arena opened for business on August 18, 1994. A statue of Michael Jordan is located on the east side of the arena. United Airlines pays about $1.8 million per year until 2014 for its naming rights.[1] Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 230th day of the year (231st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Rockwell Rocky Wirtz is the the owner of the NHLs Chicago Blackhawks. ... Jerry Reinsdorf (born February 25, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York) is the owner of Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls. ... Rockwell Rocky Wirtz is the the owner of the NHLs Chicago Blackhawks. ... Jerry Reinsdorf (born February 25, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York) is the owner of Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls. ... USD redirects here. ... HOK Sport is a division of the international architectural firm HOK which specializes in sports facilities. ... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... NBA redirects here. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... The Chicago Blackhawks are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... NHL redirects here. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... This article is about the sport. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... The Near West Side, one of the 77 official community areas, is located on the west side of Chicago, Illinois, directly adjacent to the downtown central business district (the Loop). ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (140,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... United Airlines is a major airline of the United States. ... The Chicago Blackhawks are a professional mens ice hockey team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... NHL redirects here. ... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... NBA redirects here. ... For the United States Secretary of Labor under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, see W. Willard Wirtz. ... Jerry Reinsdorf (born February 25, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York) is the owner of Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls. ... The Chicago Stadium was a famed and historic indoor sports arena in Chicago, Illinois. ... is the 230th day of the year (231st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... United Airlines is a major airline of the United States. ...

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Arena information

The United Center, which is owned by Rocky Wirtz and Reinsdorf, covers 960,000 square feet (89,187 m²) and is located on a 46-acre (19 ha) parcel, west of the Chicago Loop. The arena claims to be the largest in the United States in physical size, though not in capacity. Its exterior bears a striking resemblance to that of Chicago Stadium. It seats 20,500 (not including standing room) for hockey, 22,220 for basketball and up to 23,500 for concerts. On February 17, 2008, the United Center hosted its largest crowd ever for hockey as 21,715 fans watched the Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Colorado Avalanche by a score of 2-1. Additionally, the United Center hosts over 200 events per year and has drawn over 20 million visitors since its opening. The Loop is what locals call the historical center of downtown Chicago. ... A concert comprises a performance, usually involving some degree of formality, and particularly a performance featuring music. ...


United Center's acoustics were designed to amplify the noise level in order to recreate "The Roar"--the din of noise that made Chicago Stadium famous, especially during hockey games. During hockey season, an Allen Organ that is a replica of the old arena's famous Barton organ is used; recreating the old organ's notes took two years. Allen Organ Company, formed in 1939 by Jerome Markowitz, is located in Macungie, Pennsylvania, It is one of the worlds largest builders of electronic and digital organs. ... In 1918, The Bartola Musical Instrument Company of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States was formed by Dan Barton who came from Amherst, Wisconsin. ...


Coca-Cola took over pouring rights this season after having Pepsi as the official soft-drink of the Hawks and Bulls. Last year Anheuser-Busch replaced Miller as the official beer sponsor of both teams. Concession of food is ran by Bismarck Enterprises, an entity of the Wirtz family. The wave shape (known as the dynamic ribbon device) present on all Coca-Cola cans throughout the world derives from the contour of the original Coca-Cola bottles. ... Pepsi Cola is a non-alcoholic carbonated beverage produced and manufactured by PepsiCo. ... Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. ... Miller Brewing Company is the second largest American beermaker and is based in Milwaukee. ...


Events

The United Center during an NBA game.
The United Center during an NBA game.

In addition to more than 80 Bulls/Blackhawks games each year, the United Center has hosted other sporting events such as University of Illinois basketball, the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament (hosted seven times, including 2007), the Roundball Classic, and the Great Eight Classic. Musical acts appearing at the United Center have included Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Britney Spears, The Rolling Stones, Celine Dion, and many other well known performers. The Fighting Illini (also known as The Illini) are the intercollegiate athletic teams of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ... For other uses of the term Big Ten see Big Ten (disambiguation). ... This article is about NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship. ... Barbra Streisand (pronounced STRY-sand, IPA: ; born April 24, 1942) is an American singer, theatre and film actress, composer, liberal political activist, film producer and director. ... Look up Madonna in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is a Grammy Award-winning[1] American pop singer, dancer, actress, author and songwriter. ... Rolling Stones redirects here. ... Céline Marie Claudette Dion OC, OQ, (born March 30, 1968) is a Canadian singer and occasional songwriter and actress. ...


U2 themselves filmed a concert at the United Center during the American Leg of their Vertigo Tour. The United Center has also provided a Chicago home for Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and Disney on Ice. Also, Miley Cyrus as herself and her alter ego, Hannah Montana performed there on January 14, 2008 which was sold-out in minutes. Cirque du Soleil (French for Circus of the Sun) is an entertainment empire based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and founded in Baie-Saint-Paul in 1984 by two former street performers, Guy Laliberté and Daniel Gauthier. ... Ringling Bros. ... Disney on Ice is a touring ice show produced by Feld Entertainment (CEO Kenneth Feld) under agreement with The Walt Disney Company. ... Miley Cyrus (born Destiny Hope Cyrus[1] on November 23, 1992 in Franklin, Tennessee) is an American actress and singer. ... This article is about the Disney Channel original series. ...

The United Center's configuration for Hockey games.

The United Center was also the site of the World Wrestling Federation pay-per-view SummerSlam in 1994 — the first major event held inside the building[2] — and the 1996 Democratic National Convention. It also hosted the last of World Championship Wrestling's annual Spring Stampede pay-per-views in 2000. Hockey is any of a family of sports in which two teams compete by trying to maneuver a ball, or a hard, round disc called a puck, into the opponents net or goal, using a hockey stick. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... SummerSlam 1994 was the seventh annual SummerSlam professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ... The 1996 Democratic National Convention took place in Chicago, Illinois. ... For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... Spring Stampede was a professional wrestling pay-per-view from World Championship Wrestling held in the month of April in 1994 and then from 1997 to 2000. ...


On February 15th, 2008, the Spice Girls performed to a sold out crowd as part of their The Return of the Spice Girls Tour. It was their first performance in Illinois as a five piece. The Spice Girls are a British all-female pop group, formed in London in 1994. ... The Return of the Spice Girls was a Spice Girls concert tour that visited five countries and commenced on December 2, 2007 in Vancouver, Canada[1] and ended in Toronto on February 26, 2008. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (140,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ...


References

  1. ^ ESPN.com: SPORTSBUSINESS - Stadium naming rights
  2. ^ United Center information (PDF). Chicago Bulls Media Guide. NBA.com. Retrieved on 2007-08-19.

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