United Center - Chicago Blackhawks Arena Guide

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By Ice Hockey Tripper
Last Updated: April 26, 2021

Arena Facts

Opened: 1994
Capacity: 19,717
Teams: Chicago Blackhawks
Address: Chicago, Illinois

The United Center is the arena that hosts both the Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Bulls, making it one of the few arenas that hosts two teams of professional sports leagues. The arena gets its name from United Airlines which has a hub at the Chicago airports, making it a fitting name for the arena.

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This arena holds multiple records as it is the largest arena by seating capacity in both the National Hockey League (NHL) and National Basketball Association (NBA). This large seating capacity was only fitting with Micheal Jordan being in his prime years. In addition to hosting the two sports teams mentioned above, it was also a host to the 1996 Democratic National Convention which was the first of its kind.

With regards to the arena history itself, as you may have guessed it was first opened in the 1990s, 1994 specifically. Since then it has been renovated on two occasions, once per decade. In addition to the renovation it was actually physically expanded as well! The biggest renovation was known as the 300 level which consists of 144 flat screen tv’s as well as new concession stands and new bars. The United Center is proud of its numerous food options and its wide amount of beverage options as well. Even within the past few years a brand new scoreboard was added and it became the largest scoreboard in both the NBA and NHL, only fitting for this arena. They say everything is bigger in Texas, but in this case everything is bigger in the United Center. The scoreboard is one of a kind and is paving the way for new ones around the league with its brand new technology for both lighting and for speakers. The United Center is one of the best in both leagues, so we highly recommend that you visit this arena if you ever get the chance.

Visiting the Arena - Travel

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