- Address: 1901 West Madison Street, Chicago
- Country: United States
- Capacity: 20,000
- Opened: 18 August 1994
- Main use: Basketball, ice hockey
- Tenants: Chicago Blackhawks (ice hockey), Chicago Bulls (basketball)
Extra stadium info – United Center
The construction of the arena started in 1992 and its construction costs were $175 million. It is named after its corporate sponsor, United Airlines. The United Center is nicknamed Madhouse on Madison. It is known as a venue for several events, like basketball, boxing, concerts, ice hockey, mixed martial arts, political events, rodeo, tennis and wrestling.
The Blackhawks and the Bulls
The Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Bulls use the United Center for home games. The United Center has been the home of the Chicago Bulls since 1994. The Chicago Blackhawks moved to the arena in 1995. The Blackhawks are National Hockey League members and the Bulls are National Basketball Association members. The Bulls became the first club which plays its home games at the United Center with a value of at least $1 billion, followed by the Blackhawks. The Chicago Blackhawks ice hockey club was founded in 1926. They won the Stanley Cup in 1934 for the first time in their history. The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup several times. The Chicago Bulls basketball club was founded in 1966.
Michael Jordan is a former player of the Chicago Bulls, one of the first sports clubs with 10 million followers on its main social media page. He is regarded as one of the best basketball players ever. Michael Jeffrey Jordan, who was born in New York in 1963, is nicknamed Air Jordan or His Airness. He won the NBA title six times with the Chicago Bulls. Michael Jordan won his first NBA championship title in 1991. He won the title after defeating the Los Angeles Lakers from California with the Chicago Bulls. Jordan ended his professional basketball career with the Washington Wizards of the NBA in 2003.
Space Jam and statues
Michael Jordan featured in Space Jam, a world famous movie with animation sequences. The movie released in 1996. In the movie, he is enlisted by Looney Tunes characters to help them in a basketball game against aliens who intend to enslave them. An iconic statue of Michael Jordan can be found at the United Center. Originally located outside the arena, it now stands inside the venue. Several statues of former Chicago Blackhawks players can be found on walking distance of the statue of Michael Jordan.