The Allstate Arena is a landmark facility in Rosemont, Illinois. Opening its doors in 1980, the multi-purpose arena was initially called Rosemont Horizon but in 1999 changed its name. The state-of-the-art facility annually hosts more than 150 events that cover a wide spectrum. Be it sporting events, concerts or family entertainment, the arena comes up with an exciting program. Allstate Arena tickets are available throughout the year for various events and an average attendance of 1.5 million people has been recorded.
Allstate Arena – History
Owned by the Village of Rosemont, Allstate Arena broke ground almost 40 years ago. Serving as one of the biggest indoor entertainment facilities in the Chicago area, the Rosemont Horizon, as it was initially called, was to be the home of the ice hockey franchise, the Chicago Cougars. Even though the team folded well before the arena opened its doors, there were many other tenants lined up to make the arena their home.
The run started in 1980 with the Major Indoor Soccer League team, the Chicago Horizon. The same year DePaul Blue Demons of the NCAA set up base at the Rosemont Horizon. They ended their tenancy in 2017. Today, the multi-purpose arena is the home of the American Hockey League’s franchise, the Chicago Wolves.
The arena was inaugurated with a performance by the Rock n Roll Hall of Famers Fleetwood Mac. A red ribbon was cut by the famous rock quintet which was followed by the live rendition of the songs from their 12th album “Tusk”.
In 1999, the insurance company Allstate signed 10 years contract which gave them the naming rights. Hence, Rosemont Horizon was rechristened as the Allstate Arena.
Allstate Arena – The Attractions
With time the Allstate Arena evolved into a dynamic facility that strived to improve fan experience. A variety of events were arranged each year that catered to different audiences. Of course, sports events remained front and center at the arena, especially basketball and ice hockey.
The amenities were also improved with time and today the arena can accommodate up to 17,500 basketball fans and more than 16,690 people can catch a live ice hockey game. The capacity for live concerts exceeds 18,500 and in 2015, country music maestro Eric Church lured in a record attendance of 18,626. His March 20 concert witnessed a spectacular turnout as passionate fans filled the Allstate Arena. Previously the attendance record was held by the Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez, whose performance recorded an attendance of 18,452 people.
In all these years the arena has welcomed big names like The Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers and Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.
Members of the Women’s National Basketball Association, the Chicago Sky shattered their own previous record at the arena, selling more than 8,200 tickets in their home opening game on June 5, 2015.
After playing 37 seasons at the Allstate Arena, the men’s basketball team DePaul Blue Demons ended their reign at the arena in 2017. In their farewell game, a halftime ceremony took place in which the team recognized their storied history in Rosemont. They also thanked the Allstate Arena management and staff for their support in all these years.
Standout Moments in Allstate Arena History
The arena has hosted many epic events that not only recorded huge sales of Allstate Arena tickets but also raised the entertainment bar.
In October 2017, Janet Jackson brought the house down at the Allstate Arena with her sizzling performance. In a two-hour performance the diva kept the crowd on its feet, firing up one hit after the other. The “State of the World Tour” featured her classic anthems like “The Knowledge”, “When I Think Of You” and “Damn Baby/I Get Lonely”.
Christmas came early at the Allstate Arena and especially for the Marvel series fans. In November 2017, Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes had the crazy fans screaming at the top of the lungs when the legendary stars made way to the arena. An action-packed event, it saw a huge attendance as the arena was transformed into Marvel Universe.
The 2018 schedule comes with brand new events which includes The Harlem Globetrotters “The Amazing Feats of Basketball World Tour”. The Chicago Wolves also have several games lined up at the venue which includes a faceoff against the Manitoba Moose and Cleveland Monsters.
PBR – Professional Bull Riders are also bringing their tour to the Allstate Arena. There are so many exciting events to choose from, so check the schedule and take your pick accordingly.