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The Sears Centre is an 11,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, a northwest suburb, 25 miles from Chicago. The arena has 43 luxury suites on two separate levels. It was estimated to attract over 750,000 visitors annually.[1]

Sears Centre
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Address5333 Prairie Stone Parkway
LocationHoffman Estates, Illinois
OwnerVillage of Hoffman Estates
OperatorGlobal Spectrum
CapacityTheater: 2,200-11,218
Hockey, Lacrosse, indoor soccer, Indoor football: 8,362
Basketball Games: 10,000
Concerts: 11,800[1]
SurfaceMulti-surface
Construction
Broke groundJuly 21, 2005[2]
OpenedOctober 26, 2006
Construction cost$62 million
ArchitectRoehrSchmitt Architecture[3]
General contractorRyan Companies US, Inc.[4]
Tenants
Chicago Hounds (UHL) (2006–2007)
Chicago Storm (MISL II/XSL) (2006–2009)
Chicago Shamrox (NLL) (2007–2008)
Chicago Slaughter (CIFL/IFL) (2007–2013)
Chicago Bliss (LFL) (2009–2010, 2013–2014, 2018–present)
Chicago Outlaws (CILL) (2011–2013)
Chicago Express (ECHL) (2011–2012)
Chicago Soul FC (MISL III) (2012–2013)
Chicago Mustangs (MASL/M2) (2014–present)
Windy City Bulls (NBA G League) (2016–present)
Website
www.searscentre.com
The ice surface set up for a hockey game.

Since 2016, the arena has been home to the Windy City Bulls, the Chicago Bulls' affiliate in the NBA G League.[5]

The Sears Centre is located near the former site of the Poplar Creek Music Theater. Food services are provided by Levy Restaurants.

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HistoryEdit

In 2011, the Village of Hoffman Estates took over ownership of the arena after Ryan Companies US, Inc. walked away from the arena due to the arena's lack of success.[6] However, since the village took over the arena and hired Global Spectrum to manage it,[7] the arena has shown improvements.[8]

The naming rights to the arena wasn't affected by Sears Holdings bankruptcy in 2018.

Notable eventsEdit

  • The venue opened on October 26, 2006, with performances by Duran Duran and Bob Dylan.
  • In 2008 and from 2010 until present, the Illinois Recreational Cheerleading Association (IRCA) hold their annual state championship at the facility.
  • The fourth annual TNA Bound for Glory Professional wrestling pay-per-view event – October 12, 2008, which was TNA's first ever PPV event in the Chicago area.[9]
  • The arena was also the venue which featured TNA's first ever Impact Wrestling outside of Orlando, Florida, on March 14, 2013.
  • On May 19 and 20, 2011, it played host to the Chicago audition stages in the first season of the Fox singer search program The X Factor.
  • In 2009 and 2011, it played host to Strikeforce events.
Event Date
Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers Saturday, November 7, 2009
Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson Saturday, July 30, 2011

USA Gymnastics

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Sears Centre Arena Venue Info". SearsCentre.com. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
  2. ^ "Groundbreaking is set for Sears Centre arena". Chicago Tribune. July 20, 2005.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2011-09-23. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ http://www.apigroupinc.com/headline/LeJeune_Steel_was_selected_as_the_Structural_Steel_manufacturer_and.html
  5. ^ Halberstadt, Doug (January 20, 2015). "Sears Centre offers variety of sporting events". Rock River Times. Rockford, Illinois. Retrieved February 15, 2015.
  6. ^ Selvam, Ashok (December 16, 2009). "Hoffman Estates takes over Sears Centre". Daily Herald. Arlington Heights, Illinois. Archived from the original on January 6, 2010. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  7. ^ "Hoffman Estates adjusts to owning arena". DailyHerald.com. 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
  8. ^ "Sears Centre shining for Hoffman Estates". DailyHerald.com. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
  9. ^ "Bound For Glory 2008 In Chicago". TNAWrestling.com. 2007-09-20. Archived from the original on 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2008-06-09.
  10. ^ "All In sellout a genuine surprise to Cody Rhodes and the Young Bucks". Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  11. ^ "Kenlin, Shchennikova Win All-Around In The Hopes Division Of 2013 U.S. Challenge". Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  12. ^ "Ross Wins All-Around At 2013 Secret U.S. Classic". Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  13. ^ "Single-Session Tickets For 2014 Secret U.S. Classic Go On Sale May 16". Retrieved July 2, 2014.

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
UIC Pavilion
Home of the
Chicago Storm

2006–2009
Succeeded by
Chicago Sports Zone
Preceded by
none
Home of the
Chicago Slaughter

2007 – present
Succeeded by
current

Coordinates: 42°4′18.10″N 88°12′34.04″W / 42.0716944°N 88.2094556°W / 42.0716944; -88.2094556