A multi-purpose facility located on the west side of downtown Chicago, the United Center serves primarily as the home for the National basketball Association’s CHicago Bulls.
The arena is also the home ice for the National Hockey league’s Chicago Blackhawks, whose owner, Bill Wirtz, was the original force behind the creation of the stadium.
Before the United Center, the Bulls and Blackhawks played at Chicago Stadium, which was fondly referred to as the “Madhouse on Madison.”
The stadium features statues of some of Chicago’s greatest all-time sports athletes such as Michael Jordan, Bobby Hull, and Stan Mikita.
• Capacity: 20,917
• Opened: August 18, 1994
• Location: 1901 West Madison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612
• The downtown arena took two years to complete construction after starting on April 6, 1992 and officially opening the stadium on August 18, 1994.
• The United Center stays busy throughout the year with over 200 events scheduled each year and drawing over 20 million visitors since the stadium opened in 1992.
• The stadium has hosted the NBA Finals a number of times after Michael Jordan’s dynasty era Bulls in the 90s. They hosted the Finals in the years 1996, 1997, and 1998.
• The arena has hosted the Stanley Cup Finals three times in its history coming in the years 2010, 2013, and 2015.
Past and Current Teams
Chicago Bulls (NBA) (1994–present)
Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) (1995–present)