Chaifetz Arena


Chaifetz Arena
Chaifetz Arena
Location 1 South Compton Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
Broke ground 2006
Opened April 10, 2008
Owner Saint Louis University
Operator Global Spectrum
Construction cost $80.5 million
Architect Mackey Mitchell Associates & Sink Combs Dethlefs
Capacity 10,600
Tenants
Saint Louis Billikens (NCAA Division I) (2008–present)

Chaifetz Arena, located on the campus of Saint Louis University, is a 10,600 seat multi-purpose arena in St. Louis, Missouri that began construction on August 28, 2006, and was completed in April 2008. In February 2007, Chicago-based businessman Richard A. Chaifetz, CEO of ComPsych Corporation and 1975 graduate of SLU, made a $12 million donation to the university, who named the arena in his honor. As of the 2008-09 season, it is the official home of the Saint Louis University Billikens men's and women's basketball teams, replacing Scottrade Center and the Bauman-Eberhardt Center, respectively.

Additionally, the arena is also the home for the university's volleyball teams.

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Men's Basketball record at Chaifetz Arena

Year Conference record Record overall Winning Percentage Head Coach
2008–2009 6-2 14-3 .823 Rick Majerus
2009–2010 6-2 18-4 .818 Rick Majerus
2010–2011 4-4 9-7 .562 Rick Majerus
TOTALS 16-8 41-14 .745

Events

The first event held at the venue was a Harlem Globetrotters game against the Washington Generals, played on April 11, 2008.[1]

Barry Manilow performed the inaugural concert at Chaifetz Arena on April 25, 2008.

The first student concert was held on April 26, 2008 featuring artists Tyler Hilton, Chingy, The Starting Line, Jo Dee Messina, and Augustana.

The first political rally at the Arena was on October 2, 2008, for Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. She appeared to supporters after the 2008 Vice Presidential debate held at Washington University in St. Louis.[2]

Saint Louis University held its first Commencement Ceremony on campus in 60 years at the arena on May 17, 2008. Fox Sports personality and native St. Louisan Joe Buck delivered the Commencement Address.

FIRST has held it's St. Louis Regional there for several years.

The USA Gymnastics Championships will be take place June 7-10, 2012 at the Chaifetz Arena.

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Coordinates: 38°37′57″N 90°13′41″W / 38.63246°N 90.22797°W / 38.63246; -90.22797


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