|Location||1 South Compton Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
|Owner||Saint Louis University|
|Broke ground||August 28, 2006|
|Opened||April 10, 2008|
|Construction cost||$80.5 million
($88.2 million in 2015 dollars)
|Architect||Sink Combs Dethlefs
Mackey Mitchell Associates
|Structural engineer||Alper Audi, Inc.|
|General contractor||Clayco Construction|
|Saint Louis Billikens (NCAA Division I) (2008–present)|
Chaifetz Arena (// SHAY-fetz), located on the campus of Saint Louis University, is a 10,600 seat multi-purpose arena in St. Louis, Missouri, that began construction on August 28, 2006 and opened on April 10, 2008.
In February 2007, Chicago-based businessman Richard A. Chaifetz, CEO of ComPsych Corporation and 1975 graduate of SLU, made a $12 million donation to the university, which named the arena in his honor.
As of the 2008-09 season, it is the official home of the Saint Louis University Billikens men's and women's basketball teams, replacing Scottrade Center (1994-2008), St. Louis Arena (1991-94), Kiel Auditorium (1934-1991), and the Bauman-Eberhardt Center (1920-1934), respectively. Additionally, the attached Chaifetz Pavilion includes a two-court basketball and volleyball practice facility that also serves as an 800-seat venue that is the home for the university's volleyball teams. The arena, known as "the Jewel of Midtown," includes a three-story athletic office and a blue victory light on the roof that is activated after each Billiken home victory. Chaifetz Arena has been called by VCU coach Shaka Smart as the toughest venue to play in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Men's basketball record at Chaifetz Arena
|Year||Conference record||Record overall||Winning Percentage||Head Coach|
Barry Manilow performed the inaugural concert at Chaifetz Arena on April 25, 2008.
The first political rally at the Arena was on October 2, 2008, for Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. She appeared to supporters after the 2008 Vice Presidential debate held at Washington University in St. Louis.
Saint Louis University held its first Commencement Ceremony on campus in 60 years at the arena on May 17, 2008. Fox Sports personality and native St. Louisan Joe Buck delivered the Commencement Address.
FIRST has held its St. Louis Regional at Chaifetz Arena for several years.
American Idols Live! made its Chaifetz Arena debut in 2009, having previously been held at the Fox Theater (2002) and Family Arena (2003-2008). Chaifetz Arena also became the St. Louis stop for Champions on Ice and Cirque du Soleil, also in 2009.
The USA Gymnastics Championships occurred June 7–10, 2012 at the Chaifetz Arena
TNA IMPACT WRESTLING was held here in September,2013.
In 2012, jam band Phish played a capacity show at the Chaifetz. The show is highly regarded as one of their best on the Summer 2012 Tour because of the stellar segues and the jam that came out of Limb by Limb.
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