Now Arena

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The Now Arena (originally known as the Sears Centre, Sears Centre Arena and stylized as NOW Arena) is a multi-purpose arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, a northwest suburb 25 miles (40 km) from Chicago, near land which formerly contained the Poplar Creek Music Theater. Since 2016, the arena has been home to the Windy City Bulls, the Chicago Bulls' affiliate in the NBA G League.[3]

Now Arena
Now Arena logo.svg
Sears Centre.JPG
Exterior view of the arena (c.2011)
Former namesSears Centre Arena (2006–2020)
Address5333 Prairie Stone Pkwy
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192-3720
LocationMetro Chicago
OwnerVillage of Hoffman Estates
OperatorSpectra
Capacity10,543
Detailed capacity[1]
  • Center stage concerts: 11,218
  • End stage concerts: 7,410
  • Half house concerts: 5,961
  • Family Theater: 3,622
  • Concert Theater: 4,628
  • Basketball: 8,700
  • Football: 8,362
  • Soccer: 8,172
  • Lacrosse: 8,329
Construction
Broke groundJuly 21, 2005 (2005-07-21)
OpenedOctober 26, 2006 (2006-10-26)
Construction cost$60 million
($79.5 million in 2020 dollars[2])
ArchitectRoehrSchmitt
Project managerGTG Consultants
Structural engineerNeedham DBS
Services engineerV3 Consultants
General contractorRyan Companies
Tenants
Chicago Hounds (UHL) (2006-07)
Chicago Storm (MISL II/XSL) (2006–09)
Chicago Shamrox (NLL) (2007–08)
Chicago Slaughter (CIFL/IFL) (2007–13)
Chicago Bliss (LFL) (2009–10, 2013–14, 2018–19)
Chicago Outlaws (CILL) (2011–13)
Chicago Express (ECHL) (2011–12)
Chicago Soul FC (MISL III) (2012–13)
Chicago Mustangs (MASL/M2) (2014-15, 2017-19)
Windy City Bulls (G League) (2016–present)
Website
Venue Website

HistoryEdit

 
The ice surface set up for a hockey game.

The venue was a joint venture between Sears Holdings, Ryan Companies, and the Village of Hoffman Estates.[4] The project began in 1998 however plans were not finalized until 2005.[5] Construction began in July 2005.[6] The venue opened as Sears Centre on October 26, 2006, with performances by Duran Duran[7] and Bob Dylan.[8]

In 2011, the Village of Hoffman Estates took over ownership of the arena after Ryan Companies walked away from the arena due to the arena's lack of success.[9] However, since the village took over the arena and hired Global Spectrum to manage it,[10] the arena has shown improvement.[11]

The naming rights to the arena were not affected by Sears Holdings declaring bankruptcy in 2018,[12] with the company paying $1.5 million to secure naming rights for an additional 18 months. On June 23, 2020, the Village of Hoffman Estates approved an $11.5 million deal to rename the venue to NOW Arena,[13] with the naming rights belonging to the NOW Health Group, a family-owned natural products manufacturer based in Bloomingdale, Illinois.[14] The name change would officially take effect on September 1, 2020.[15]

Notable eventsEdit

USA Gymnastics

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Building Specifications" (PDF). Sears Centre Arena Promoter Guide. Hoffman Estates, Illinois: 16. June 2019. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 19, 2020. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  2. ^ 1634–1699: McCusker, J. J. (1992). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy ofthe United States: Addenda et Corrigenda (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1700–1799: McCusker, J. J. (1992). How much is that in real money?: a historical price index for use as a deflator of money values in the economy of the United States (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1800–present: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  3. ^ Halberstadt, Doug (January 20, 2015). "Sears Centre offers variety of sporting events". Rock River Times. Rockford, Illinois. Archived from the original on October 14, 2015. Retrieved February 15, 2015.
  4. ^ "'Sears Centre' Selected as Name for New Arena in Hoffman Estates" (Press release). Hoffman Estates, Illinois: Sears, Roebuck and Co. February 7, 2005. Archived from the original on December 20, 2020. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  5. ^ Bernstein, David (May 18, 2020). "Sears Helped Build a Giant Entertainment Arena. Now, a Suburb Pays Millions to Keep It Running". ProPublica. Archived from the original on December 20, 2020. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  6. ^ Meyer, Cheryl (July 20, 2005). "Groundbreaking is set for Sears Centre arena". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Company. Archived from the original on December 20, 2020. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  7. ^ "Andy Taylor Exits Duran Duran". Pollstar. October 26, 2006. Archived from the original on December 19, 2020. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  8. ^ Burke, David (October 20, 2006). "Entering a new arena". Quad-City Times. Lee Enterprises. Archived from the original on December 20, 2020. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  9. ^ Peterson, Eric (October 9, 2018). "Hoffman Estates renews naming rights for Sears Centre". Business Ledger. Archived from the original on December 20, 2020. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  10. ^ "Hoffman Estates adjusts to owning arena". Daily Herald. Paddock Publications. July 7, 2010. Archived from the original on December 20, 2020. Retrieved March 13, 2011.
  11. ^ "Sears Centre shining for Hoffman Estates". Daily Herald. Paddock Publications. June 8, 2010. Archived from the original on December 20, 2020. Retrieved March 13, 2011.
  12. ^ Isidore, Chris (October 15, 2018). "Sears, the store that changed America, declares bankruptcy". CNN Business. Time Warner. Archived from the original on October 16, 2018. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  13. ^ Zumbach, Lauren (June 23, 2020). "Sears name disappearing from another Chicago-area building. Hoffman Estates arena gets a new name this fall". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on December 20, 2020. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  14. ^ "NOW Health Group to take over naming rights to Sears Centre". Daily Journal. July 1, 2020. Archived from the original on December 20, 2020. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  15. ^ Peterson, Eric (September 1, 2020). "The Sears Centre Arena has a new name today: the Now Arena". Daily Herald. Paddock Publications. Archived from the original on December 20, 2020. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  16. ^ "Bound For Glory 2008 In Chicago". TNAWrestling.com. 2007-09-20. Archived from the original on 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2008-06-09.
  17. ^ "All In sellout a genuine surprise to Cody Rhodes and the Young Bucks". 23 May 2018. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  18. ^ "All In Venue Commemorates Event With a Plaque".
  19. ^ Now Arena [@NOW_Arena] (May 30, 2021). "9/5/21 #ALLOUT" (Tweet). Retrieved May 31, 2021 – via Twitter.
  20. ^ "Kenlin, Shchennikova Win All-Around In The Hopes Division Of 2013 U.S. Challenge". Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  21. ^ "Ross Wins All-Around At 2013 Secret U.S. Classic". Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  22. ^ "Single-Session Tickets For 2014 Secret U.S. Classic Go On Sale May 16". 14 May 2014. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
Events and tenants
Preceded by
Home of the
Chicago Storm

2006–2009
Succeeded by

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