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UNITED CENTER is an indoor sports arena located in the Near West Side neighborhood of Chicago
Chicago
, Illinois
Illinois
. The United Center
United Center
is home to both the Chicago
Chicago
Bulls of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association ( NBA
NBA
) and the Chicago
Chicago
Blackhawks of the National Hockey League
National Hockey League
(NHL). The arena is named after its city-based corporate sponsor, United Airlines
United Airlines
.

The plan to build the arena was created by then Blackhawks owner Bill Wirtz and Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf . The United Center's predecessor was the Chicago
Chicago
Stadium , the original "Madhouse on Madison", which was demolished after the new arena opened for business on August 18, 1994. The first-ever event at the United Center
United Center
was the WWF event SummerSlam (1994) . Due to the 1994–95 NHL lockout , the Blackhawks did not move in until January 1995 .

The east side of the arena features statues of Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
(known as "The Spirit "), Bobby Hull
Bobby Hull
and Stan Mikita
Stan Mikita
, while a statue of various Blackhawks sits to the north on Madison Street, where the Chicago
Chicago
Stadium was located.

CONTENTS

* 1 Arena information

* 2 Events

* 2.1 Sports * 2.2 Entertainment * 2.3 Political events

* 3 Renovations

* 3.1 300 Level * 3.2 Hardwood floor

* 4 Banners

* 4.1 Bulls * 4.2 Blackhawks

* 5 Sponsorship

* 6 Seating capacity
Seating capacity

* 6.1 Record attendance

* 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links

ARENA INFORMATION

The Bulls and Blackhawks operate the United Center
United Center
through the United Center Joint Venture (UCJV), a 50/50 partnership of the two teams. It covers 960,000 square feet (89,187 m2) and is located on a 46-acre (19 ha) parcel, west of the Chicago
Chicago
Loop . The arena is the largest in the United States in physical size, though not in capacity. Its exterior bears a striking resemblance to that of Chicago
Chicago
Stadium . It seats 19,717 (not including standing room) for hockey, 20,917 (not including standing room) for basketball and up to 23,500 for concerts . The United Center
United Center
hosts over 200 events per year and has drawn over 20 million visitors since its opening. It is known for routinely exceeding seating capacity for Bulls and Blackhawks games.

United Center's acoustics were designed to amplify the noise level in order to replicate "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.

The building is 140 feet tall, and cost $175 million to build, mainly consisting of concrete and 3,500 tons of steel. While the Blackhawks and Bulls had long planned on getting another arena, issues with both the real estate market and the early 1990s recession made the project only take off once financing was provided by an international syndicate, with funding by banks from Japan, Australia and France. The planning had 216 luxury skyboxes, and as of the 2009–10 renovation, the arena has 169 executive suites on three levels.

Both the Chicago
Chicago
Blackhawks and the Chicago
Chicago
Bulls play here during their seasons with some of their games happening on back to back nights. With this, the hardwood floor for the Bulls games is laid across the top of the ice that the Blackhawks play on. The floor is put together like a puzzle and taken apart when the Blackhawks have a game.

EVENTS

SPORTS

In addition to 82 Bulls and Blackhawks games each year, the United Center has hosted other sporting events such as University of Illinois basketball , the Big Ten Men\'s Basketball
Basketball
Tournament (from the first tournament in 1998 to 2001, then in odd-numbered years from 2003 to 2007 and again in 2013 and 2015, the Men\'s NCAA Basketball Tournament (hosted four times, including 2011), the Roundball Classic , and the Great Eight Classic.

The arena was the Bulls' home during their second run of three consecutive championships, hosting the 1996 , 1997 , and 1998 NBA Finals . The Bulls won the 1996 and 1997 series in the sixth game at home, but won the 1998 series at the Delta Center, now known as Vivint Smart Home Arena , in Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
, Utah
Utah
.

The United Center
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, and also the only major event held in the building by WWE. It also hosted the last of World Championship Wrestling 's annual Spring Stampede pay-per-view in 2000.

The arena has hosted the Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
Finals three times: in 2010 , 2013 , and 2015 . The Blackhawks won the first two Stanley Cups on the ice of their opponent in the sixth game of the series (Philadelphia 's Wachovia Center in 2010 and Boston 's TD Garden
TD Garden
in 2013). However, they won the 2015 series against the Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning
at home in the sixth game, the first time since 1938 the Hawks clinched the Cup in Chicago. The United Center's configuration for Blackhawks hockey games.

On the weekend of March 5–6, 2011, the Professional Bull Riders made their Built Ford Tough Series debut at the United Center. It was their third Chicago-area visit, having previously visited Rosemont 's Allstate Arena
Allstate Arena
in 2006 and 2008. The event at the United Center presented a unique scenario as instead of dirt, white crushed stone was used to cover the arena floor.

Blackhawks legends Bobby Hull
Bobby Hull
and Stan Mikita
Stan Mikita
received bronze statues in their honor outside of the United Center
United Center
during the 2011–12 NHL season .

The Illinois
Illinois
State High School Hockey
Hockey
Championships are hosted at the United Center
United Center
yearly for the Blackhawk Cup.

On January 28, 2012, the Ultimate Fighting Championship
Ultimate Fighting Championship
held its first nationally televised event at the arena: UFC
UFC
on Fox. UFC
UFC
on Fox 2 was the UFC's 2nd live prime-time event on Fox . The headlining fight was former UFC
UFC
Light-Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis , with Evans winning by unanimous decision. The UFC
UFC
announced in mid-January 2015 that the United Center
United Center
would be host of UFC
UFC
on Fox 16 . The United Center
United Center
also hosted UFC
UFC
on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson in 2013 and UFC
UFC
on Fox: Henderson vs. Thomson in 2014, making it the fourth straight year the United Center
United Center
had held a UFC
UFC
event.

In September 2018, the United Center
United Center
will host the second edition of the Laver Cup . The tennis competition will feature Team Europe vs. Team World.

ENTERTAINMENT

Main article: Entertainment events at the United Center Concerts
Concerts

With a seating capacity of 23,500 for concerts, the United Center
United Center
has been a home to many concert performances. Prince, Kanye West
Kanye West
, Madonna , U2 , Rolling Stones , Tina Turner
Tina Turner
, Van Halen
Van Halen
, Aerosmith
Aerosmith
, Bon Jovi , Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
, Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
, Sir Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
, Janet Jackson , The Who
The Who
, Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam
, Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige
have all had sold out shows for their concerts in this arena, as well as Dave Matthews Band , who released its 1998 show at the venue, entitled Live in Chicago
Chicago
12.19.98 at the United Center
United Center
. Family events

The United Center
United Center
has also provided a Chicago
Chicago
home for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum the Bulls and Blackhawks have a tradition of taking a two-week road trip when the circus is in town. Television events

On May 17, 2011, Oprah The Farewell Season: Oprah's Surprise Spectacular was taped at the United Center. The program aired on television on May 23 and 24, 2011. Pictures from the event are displayed inside the arena entrance on the wall of Gate 4.

POLITICAL EVENTS

The United Center
United Center
was also the venue of the 1996 Democratic National Convention , where the Democratic Party nominated as its presidential and vice-presidential candidates Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
and Al Gore
Al Gore
, the incumbent holders of the respective offices, who would be re-elected as a result of the general election held that November .

RENOVATIONS

300 LEVEL

One of the two former "Madhouse" signs of the UC before it was taken down after the 2012–13 season.

New for the 2009–10 season, the United Center’s 300 Level features a renovated concourse with 144 flat screen televisions, new food and beverage stations above select seating sections and two new bars that open up to panoramic views of the arena. During the 2010 off-season, two additional bars with panoramic views of the arena were added along with the other two. After the 2012–13 season, a third panoramic LED bar was installed around the 300 level, replacing the famous "Welcome To The Madhouse" signs.

The United Center
United Center
includes:

* A variety of new menu items provided by the United Center’s new food and beverage provider, Levy Restaurants. * A new concession stand and seating area located in Section 326 called “Backstage. ”This area replicates the atmosphere of being backstage at a United Center
United Center
concert and will include photos of music acts that played at the United Center
United Center
along with a specialized menu from Levy Restaurants. * New concession stands and bars located at the top of the 300 Level on the north side of the arena to provide fans sitting in that area with easy access to food and beverage service. * Two new novelty areas carrying merchandise unique to "The Madhouse on Madison". * New concourse food stations with increased seating. * New video systems featuring photography, video and animation on the concourse walls which will create images and specialized programming for each individual event.

HARDWOOD FLOOR

A new court was added to the UC for the 2015–16 season and includes multiple changes. The iconic bull head logo at center court has increased in size by 75% and the image of a basketball that was previously behind the logo has been removed. The “CHICAGO BULLS” text on the endlines has been changed to the font used in the official Bulls logo to make the court design more consistent with the Bulls brand, and the same font has been applied to the “Bulls.com” and the “@ChicagoBulls” text on the north apron of the court. The lines on the court have been changed from red and white to all black to emphasize the bold colors of the Bulls brand. The four stars from the City of Chicago
Chicago
flag have been added to the south apron of the court to highlight the team's civic pride and incorporate the “ Chicago
Chicago
Basketball” branding campaign.

BANNERS

Just before Game 2 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals at the United Center between the Hawks and the Boston Bruins. The United Center's LED lighting.

The following banners hang from the rafters of the United Center honoring past and present Bulls and Blackhawks.

BULLS

CHICAGO BULLS RETIRED NUMBERS AND HONOREES

NO. PLAYER POSITION/CHARGE TENURE

4 Sloan, Jerry Jerry Sloan
Jerry Sloan
G /SF 1966–1976

10 Love, Bob Bob Love F 1968–1976

23 Jordan, Michael Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
SG 1984–1993, 1995–1998

33 Pippen, Scottie Scottie Pippen SF 1987–1998, 2003–2004

— Jackson, Phil Phil Jackson Coach 1987–1989 (Assistant) 1989–1998 (Head)

— Kerr, Johnny Johnny Kerr Coach Business Manager Broadcaster 1966–1968 (Head coach) 1973–1975 (Business Manager) 1977–2009 (Broadcaster)

— Krause, Jerry Jerry Krause General Manager 000000001985-03-26-0000March 26, 1985–000000002003-04-07-0000April 7, 2003

CHAMPIONSHIP BANNERS

* 1974–75 Midwest Division Champions * 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1995–96*, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2010–11 , 2011–12 Central Division Champions * 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98 Eastern Conference Champions * 1991 , 1992 , 1993 , 1996 , 1997 , 1998 NBA
NBA
World Champions * A banner with the number 72 is hung below the 1995–96 division title to denote the Bulls record 72–10 season.

BLACKHAWKS

Chicago
Chicago
Blackhawks retired numbers NO. PLAYER POSITION CAREER

1 Glenn Hall G 1957–1967

3 Keith Magnuson D 1969–1980

Pierre Pilote
Pierre Pilote
D 1955–1968

9 Bobby Hull
Bobby Hull
LW 1957–1972

18 Denis Savard C 1980–1990, 1995–1997

21 Stan Mikita
Stan Mikita
C 1958–1980

35 Tony Esposito G 1969–1984

CHAMPIONSHIP BANNERS

* 1969–70 East Division Champions * 1970–71, 1971–72 , 1972–73 West Division Champions * 1975–76 , 1977–78 , 1978–79 , 1979–80 Smythe Division Champions * 1982–83 , 1985–86 , 1989–90 , 1990–91, 1992–93 Norris Division Champions * 2009–10, 2012–13 Central Division Champions * 1970–71 , 1972–73 , 1991–92 Campbell Conference
Campbell Conference
Champions * 2009–10, 2012–13, 2014–15 Western Conference Champions * 1990–91 *, 2012–13* Presidents\' Trophy Champions * 1934 , 1938 , 1961 , 2010 , 2013 , 2015 Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
Champions * The banner with the years 2012–13 is hung below the 1990–91 Presidents' Trophy
Presidents' Trophy
banner, marking the second time the Blackhawks have won the trophy.

SPONSORSHIP

United Center's former logo, used until September 2011. The logo was changed to the current one to reflect United Airlines' own logo change as part of their merge with Continental Airlines
Continental Airlines
.

United Airlines
United Airlines
paid about $1.8 million per year until 2014 for its naming rights . United merged with Continental Airlines
Continental Airlines
in October 2010, retaining the former's name, as well as the latter's logo and corporate look. The arena continued to use United's tulip logo for the duration of the 2010–11 season. For the 2011–12 season, all the previous United signs were replaced with the new globe logo. Two new lit signs on the east and west ends of the arena saying "United Center" with the United globe in the middle were revealed below the upper level suites complimenting the former "Madhouse" signs on the north and south sides.

In December 2013, it was announced that an agreement had been reached to keep United's naming rights for the arena for another 20 years. The United Center
United Center
will see a series of updates and upgrades to the interior and exterior of the building. New signage, additional LED boards, and other elements have been added after reaching this agreement. LED screens have been installed on the north side of the arena along with a panoramic LED board on the 300 level, eliminating the "Welcome To The Madhouse" sign.

Anheuser-Busch
Anheuser-Busch
has also established a sponsorship. They are partners with both the Chicago
Chicago
Bulls and Chicago
Chicago
Blackhawks and have gained rights to signage inside the arena along with a pub.

SEATING CAPACITY

Basketball
Basketball
YEARS CAPACITY

1994–2009 21,711

2009–PRESENT 20,917

WITH STANDING ROOM 23,129

Hockey
Hockey
YEARS CAPACITY

1994–2009 20,500

2009–PRESENT 19,717

WITH STANDING ROOM 22,428

Concerts
Concerts
CAPACITY

23,500

RECORD ATTENDANCE

Hockey: 22,690, October 25, 2008 against Detroit Red Wings .

SEE ALSO

* Gene Honda - Public address announcer for the Blackhawks, DePaul Basketball
Basketball
, Chicago
Chicago
White Sox and the NCAA Men\'s Division I Basketball
Basketball
Championship Final Four. * List of indoor arenas in the United States

REFERENCES

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Chicago
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Chicago
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Chicago
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Hockey
League. Retrieved February 5, 2013. * ^ Sullivan, Paul; Reardon, Patrick (April 7, 1992). "Dignitaries Dig in at New Stadium Fete". Chicago
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* ^ "United Center, Chicago". Emporis. Retrieved December 30, 2015.

* ^ Knupke, Gene W. (2006-03-13). Profiles of American / Canadian Sports Stadiums and Arenas. Xlibris Corporation. ISBN 9781462836765 . * ^ Davis, Robert (April 6, 1992). "Work Set To Start On New Arena". Chicago
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United Center
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Basketball
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Chicago
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Hockey
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Tribune . Retrieved February 5, 2013. * ^ "Bulls unveil their new court design". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2015-10-21. * ^ "Stadium Naming Rights". ESPN
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NHL
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