Say hello to the Madhouse on Madison Part II. The Chicago Blackhawks have been playing their home games at the United Center since 1994 and we imagine they’re fond of their current digs. It may be missing the organ from Chicago Stadium (a replica serves as a substitute), but there are loads of warm memories for Chicago hockey fans that were generated in this building.
Chicago Blackhawks Stadium
The Blackhawks have won a grand total of three Stanley Cups since this lavish arena was constructed a few decades back and in 2015 the United Center was the site where Chicago hoisted the world-famous mug after another hard-fought NHL title victory. Hawks fans are absolutely wild about their perennially contending club and the attendance figures back that up. Throughout the ’10s, no other arena could boast that they’ve been at 108% and above capacity since the start of the decade. The atmosphere is also regarded as electric with The Fratellis’ track “Chelsea Dagger” blaring after every Blackhawks home goal.
The United Center has a reputation as a key Western Conference hockey fortress, but last year’s regular season numbers indicate that the team does roughly as well on the road as they do at home. Chicago notched 24 home wins and 24 road wins in 2014-15 with only a handful of charity point losses differentiating the home/away records. That dynamic was flipped on its ear in the playoffs with Chicago turning into a dangerous place to play. Only two of the Hawks seven postseason losses occurred in front of the hometown crowd. If you ask us, a home playoff boost is always a welcome part of the arsenal.
Date Opened: 1994
Construction Cost: $175 Million
Architect: Populous, W. E. Simpson Company, Inc., Marmon Mok
Capacity Attendance: 19,717 – 22,428
Has A Stanley Cup Final Been Played There: Yes
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