United Center (Chicago Blackhawks Stadium)

Chicago’s United Center, humorously nicknamed, “The Madhouse on Madison,” is home to the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL’s Western Conference Central Division. The United Center is also home to the Chicago Bills and is named for the airline of the same name.  Opening in 1994, in addition to the two storied franchises, the United Center has been host to mega events like WWF (now WWE) Summerslam, and the Democratic National Convention.  

The Chicago Blackhawks were founded in 1926 as part of the NHL’s original six teams.  Since then, they have won six Stanley Cups, the first coming in the 1933-34 season and the latest in 2014-15.  There are 41 players and 10 builders of the sport enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame that are associated with the Chicago Blackhawks. During the 2012-13 season, in which the Blackhawks won their fifth Stanley Cup, the United Center reached a milestone of 200 consecutive regular season and playoff sellouts.  Prior to the 2009-10 season, the United Center added a renovated concourse with 144 flat screen televisions, new food and beverage stations above select seating sections and two new bars that open up to panoramic views of the arena. 

How many seats are in United Center

The United Center has seating for 19,717 Blackhawks fans, with standing room for over 2,500 more.  This number ticks up 1,000 for NBA Basketball games.  For concerts, the arena tops out at 23,500 attendees.  During the most recent renovation, the United Center added new concourse food stations with increased seating.  

Directions – How to get to United Center

The United Center is located at 1901 West Madison Street on the New West Side of Chicago.  This puts the arena west of the Chicago Loop. When driving to the arena, fans can take I-90, I-290, or I-55, exiting at the Madison Street or Daman Street exits.  Public Transportation is a great option as the Orange, Green, Purple, or Brown lines all reach the Madison Street stop. Blackhawks fans can also take the #20 bus or the #19 express bus to the arena. 

Where to Park Near the United Center?

The United Center offers eight parking lots for event attendees on blocks surrounding the arena.  Both cash and credit cards are accepted. One local parking tip is to avoid traffic by coming in from downtown on Randolph and then going south one block to Washington when you get to Ashland Avenue (where Randolph ends). This puts you one block north of the stadium and right at the parking lots and avoids the traffic on Madison or the traffic on Ashland or Damen coming from I-90.

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Other United Center FAQs

Is the United Center in a bad neighborhood?

The United Center is in a perfectly safe area of the city.  There is always a police presence for games, concerts, and other events. As with any other city, if you are not familiar with the area and you’re there for an event, there’s no reason to wander off.  Driving and parking, taking the bus, or taking the ‘L’ will put you right at the arena. 

What is the United Center Health & Safety Information? (related to COVID)

According to the official United Center website, all guests over the age of 11 coming to the United Center will need to show either proof of full vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test prior to the event. The negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test must occur within 48 hours of Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks games and be time stamped. 

How much is a Chicago Blackhawks hockey ticket?

Chicago Blackhawks ticket prices vary greatly due to the availability of standing room attendance.  Tickets for the lower-demand games start at $27 for standing room only and run as high as $45 for the highest-demand games. One example of the price for a Blackhawks’ game is for center ice section 112 which costs $246 for lower-demand games and $626 for higher-demand games.

What hockey teams play at the United Center?

The Chicago Blackhawks play their home games at the United Center.  The arena also hosts many other sports from basketball to tennis to mixed martial arts. 


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