Allstate Arena


Allstate Arena

Infobox_Stadium
stadium_name =Allstate Arena
nickname ="The Horizon"


location =6920 Mannheim Rd
Rosemont, Illinois 60018
broke_ground =1977
opened =July 2 1980
closed =
demolished =
owner =Village of Rosemont
operator =Village of Rosemont
Aramark (catering)
surface =
construction_cost=$19 million
architect =
former_names =Rosemont Horizon (1980–99)
tenants=Chicago Wolves (IHL/AHL) (1994-present)
Chicago Rush (AFL) (2001-present)
DePaul Blue Demons (1980-present)
Chicago Horizon (MISL) (1980–1981)
Chicago Sting (MISL) (1984–1988)
Chicago Bruisers (AFL) (1987–1989)
Chicago Skyliners (ABA) (2000–2002)
seating_capacity =20,000 (basketball)
18,000 (Hockey)
20,000 Arena Football
The Allstate Arena is a sports arena in Rosemont, Illinois, which is home to the Chicago Wolves hockey club, DePaul University men's basketball, and the Chicago Rush Arena football team. It is located near the intersection of Mannheim Road and Interstate 90, adjacent to O'Hare International Airport.

History

The facility, originally named the Rosemont Horizon, was intended to be the home of the WHA Chicago Cougars, but the franchise folded in 1975. The Village of Rosemont issued $19 million in bonds to finance the cost of the arena with exclusive contracts with Araserv, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and MFG International.

On August 13, 1979, the uncompleted East Wall of the Rosemont Horizon collapsed, killing five construction workers and injuring 16 others.

In 1999, Allstate Insurance Company paid $20 million to renovate it and gain its naming rights.Allstate Arena still holds the record for most consecutive sold out World Wrestling Federation events at 16 spanning from 1992-2005. The arena is a Midwestern cornerstone for World Wrestling Entertainment. It has hosted three WrestleManias (2, 13, and 22), as well as several other pay-per-view events including the 1989 Survivor Series, Judgment Day 1998, Backlash 2001, The Wrestling Classic, and No Mercy 2007. It also hosted the first WCW Spring Stampede in 1994. It is also where Chris Jericho debuted in the WWE on August 8, 1999. That same year it additionally hosted the Great Midwest Conference men’s basketball tournament. The building hosted the NCAA basketball tournament three times: the 1987 and 1993 Midwest Regional first and second round games, and the 2005 Chicago Regional Finals.

On December 14, 2003, the floor at the Allstate Arena was named Ray and Marge Meyer Court in honor of Meyer, longtime coach of the DePaul Blue Demons and inductee of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

On October 25, 2008, the Allstate Arena will host UFC 90, the first Ultimate Fighting Championship event in the state of Illinois.

Concert events

*Fleetwood Mac - Tusk Tour - Opening act of the Rosemont Horizon - March 14, 1980 and March 15, 1980
*Paula Abdul - Under My Spell Tour - November 1 - 3 1991
*Britney Spears - Crazy 2K Tour - March 22 and March 23, 2000 and The Onyx Hotel Tour - April 13, 2004
*Michael Jackson performed 3 concerts in 1988 during his record breaking Bad World Tour with a sell-out crowd of 20,000 per night.
*Styx filmed their September 1996 concert here which would be later released as "Return to Paradise".
*The Police - The Police Reunion Tour - May 10, 2008 played their final concert ever in Chicago with Elvis Costello and the Imposters
*Foo Fighters on February 25, 2008
*Fall Out Boy's Young Wild Things Tour on October 20, 2007
*Maná - Revolución de Amor Tour - October 31, 2002 and October 9 and October 10, 2003
*Maná - Amar es Combatir Tour - March 22, March 23, and October 4, 2007
*Phish's 1995 Halloween concert; October 3, 1999; September 22-23, 2000; February 20, 2003
*Queen + Paul Rodgers - Queen + Paul Rodgers Tour on March 23, 2006
*Aerosmith - Final public show on their 2007 World Tour on September 24, 2007
*Van Halen - Roth reunion tour. October 16, 2007
*Hannah Montana - Best of Both Worlds Tour - December 8, 2007
*My Chemical Romance with Rise Against on the Black Parade Concert March 1, 2007
*Madonna's Blond Ambition Tour May 23 and May 24, 1990
*Juanes - La Vida World Tour - March 2008
*RBD - Tour Celestial 2007 - September 28 2007
*RBD - Empezar desde Cero Tour 2008 - March 16 2008
*Avril Lavigne - The Best Damn Tour - March 21 2008
*Van Halen - Second to last show on their Roth reunion tour - May 30 2008
*Janet Jackson - Rock Witchu Tour 2008 - September 25 2008
*Tina Turner - "" - October 6th 2008
*New Kids On The Block - Reunion Tour 2008 - October 4 & October 24 2008
* Iron Maiden - Somewhere Back in Time Tour 2008 - June 11, 2008
* Weezer/Angels & Airwaves - October 2, 2008
* AC/DC - Black Ice World Tour - October 30, 2008

References

"Engineering Disasters." Modern Marvels. The History Channel, . 13 Apr 2004. Broadcast. 20 Apr 2006

External links

* [http://www.allstatearena.com Official Website]

succession box
title = Host of WrestleMania 2
w/ Nassau Coliseum & L.A. Sports Arena
years = 1986
before = Madison Square Garden
after = Pontiac Silverdome
succession box
title = Host of WrestleMania 13
years = 1997
before = Arrowhead Pond
after = Fleet Center
succession box
title = Host of WrestleMania 22
years = 2006
before = Staples Center
after = Ford Field


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