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United Center

Opened:Aug. 18, 1994Home Team:Chicago Blackhawks
Owner:United Center Joint Venture (UCJV)Capacity:19,717
Location:1901 West Madison Street, Chicago, IL

United Center is an indoor arena on the Near West Side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. It is home to the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). It is named after its corporate sponsor United Airlines, which has been based in Chicago since 2007. With a capacity of nearly 21,000, the United Center is the largest arena by capacity in the NBA and the second largest arena by capacity in the NHL. It also has a seating capacity of 23,500 for concerts.

Opening in 1994, the United Center replaced the Chicago Stadium, which was located across the street. The first event held at the arena was WWF SummerSlam. Due to the lockout, the Blackhawks did not move in until January 1995. In 1996, the United Center hosted the Democratic National Convention.

The arena is home to an iconic statue of Michael Jordan, built in 1994. Originally located outside the arena, it now stands inside an atrium added in 2017. The statue has since been joined by statues of Blackhawks legends Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita, while a statue of various Blackhawks players is located across the street on the site of Chicago Stadium.

United Center Chicago Blackhawks
United Center, Chicago Illinois (Alacoolwiki / CC BY-SA –

First Games

  • Jan. 25, 1995 – Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers (5-1 win)
  • Nov. 4, 1994 – Bulls vs. Charlotte Hornets (89-83 win)

Notable Events

  • Stanley Cup Final – 2010, 2013, 2015
  • NBA Final – 1996, 1997, 1998
  • NBA All-Star Game – 2020
  • UFC 2, UFC 225, UFC 238
  • Laver Cup (Tennis) – 2018
  • Democratic National Convention – 1996, 2024