Chaifetz Arena

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Chaifetz Arena
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Location 1 South Compton Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
Coordinates 38°37′57″N 90°13′41″W / 38.63246°N 90.22797°W / 38.63246; -90.22797Coordinates: 38°37′57″N 90°13′41″W / 38.63246°N 90.22797°W / 38.63246; -90.22797
Owner Saint Louis University
Operator Global Spectrum
Capacity 10,600
Surface Multi-surface
Construction
Broke ground August 28, 2006[1]
Opened April 10, 2008[3]
Construction cost $80.5 million
($88.2 million in 2014 dollars[2])
Architect Mackey Mitchell Associates Sink Combs Dethlefs
Structural engineer Alper Audi
General contractor Clayco Construction
Tenants
Saint Louis Billikens (NCAA Division I) (2008–present)

Chaifetz Arena (/ˈʃfɛtz/ SHAY-fetz),[4] 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.[3]

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), Kiel Auditorium (1934-1994) 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.[5] 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.[6] Chaifetz Arena has been called by VCU coach Shaka Smart as the toughest venue to play in the Atlantic 10 Conference.[7]

Men's basketball record at Chaifetz Arena[edit]

Year Conference record Record overall Winning Percentage Head Coach
2008–2009 6-2 14-3 .824 Rick Majerus
2009–2010 6-2 18-4 .818 Rick Majerus
2010–2011 4-4 9-7 .563 Rick Majerus
2011–2012 7-1 15-1 .938 Rick Majerus
2012–2013 7-1 17-2 .895 Jim Crews
2013–2014 6-2 14-3 .824 Jim Crews
2014-2015 0-0 6-2 .750 Jim Crews
TOTALS 36-12 93-22 .809

Events[edit]

The first event held at the venue was a Harlem Globetrotters game against the Washington Generals, played on April 11, 2008.[8]

Barry Manilow performed the inaugural concert at Chaifetz Arena on April 25, 2008.

The first student concert was held on April 26, 2008 featuring artists Tyler Hilton, Chingy, The Starting Line, Jo Dee Messina, and Augustana.

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.[9]

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.

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