Built in 1994 to replace the crumbling Chicago Stadium, the United Center is a gigantic piece of corporate architecture. Its largeness is measured at 960,000 square feet and it cost about $175 million to construct. Home to the Bulls, Blackhawks, concerts and extravaganzas like the ice capades, it usually stays filled near capacity.
The stadium fits 21,500 people for Bulls games and a few less for hockey. Bulls tickets range from $10 for a nosebleed to $450 for a courtside seat to watch the Bulls play basketball. In 1996 the Democratic National Convention took place here in all its splendor. Rock legends such as the Stones and Springsteen have played a few gigs here on their second journey through their youth. The sound quality for a big arena show is mediocre, but the sightlines are decent enough for you to enjoy your show. It's clean and new and a lot like other NBA arenas with logos plastered on the sides, or, in this case, on the top.
Centerstage Reviewer: Adam White