United Center
United Center
United Center

United Center

Located at
1901 W. Madison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612
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Thrilling Sports & Entertainment at the United Center

Gear up for action-packed sports entertainment and toe-tapping concerts at Chicago's premier sports and entertainment facility. The United Center is a 20,500-seat venue that plays hosts to adrenaline-pumping Chicago Bulls basketball and Chicago Blackhawks hockey games. Into music? The center's calendar is packed with music's greatest acts including Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones. There's high-flying entertainment at the Ringling Bros. Circus and family fun thrills at Disney On Ice.

Details:

Events: Chicago Bulls basketball, Chicago Blackhawks hockey, Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, Disney On Ice, Ringling Bros. Circus
Parking: $20 to $37
Public Transportation: Orange, Green, Purple & Brown Lines to Madison; Bus 19 or 20

Activities:

  • Tap your toes to blockbuster concerts
  • Cheer on the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team
  • Catch slamming dunks at a Chicago Bulls game
  • Snap a photo with the Michael Jordan statue
  • Gear up at the Bulls & Blackhawks team store

United Center History

The United Center opened in 1994 with the goal of creating a state-of-the-art multipurpose sports and entertainment venue in Chicago. Today, the 20,500-seat facility ushers in a crowd of 40 million sports fans and music lovers and hosts about 200 sports events, concerts, and tournaments a year.

Old Chicago Stadium

Before the United Center became Chicago's premier sports and concert facility, it was the site of an indoor sports arena and theater called Chicago Stadium. When it was built, it was the largest indoor arena in the world with 17,317 seats. It also housed the infamous 3,663-pipe Barton organ. The stadium was demolished in 1995.

FAQs

Q1: How do I get to the venue?

A1: The 45-acre sports and entertainment facility is situated one mile west of The Loop and the I-90/I-94 Kennedy Expressway. Those traveling by car will find the venue four blocks north of the I-290 Eisenhower Expressway at Damen Ave.

Q2: What's the history of the Michael Jordan statue?

A2: Pay tribute to one of the greatest players in basketball history. Michael Jordan, Number 23, was known for his soaring jumps, slam dunks, and inspiring power plays that eventually earned him the title, Air Jordan. At the United Center, snap photos of the 12-foot-tall bronze-cast statue that was unveiled at his 1994 retirement ceremony.

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