Family Arena

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Coordinates: 38°44′52″N 90°30′34″W / 38.747768°N 90.509443°W / 38.747768; -90.509443

Family Arena
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Family Arena 2013
Location 2002 Arena Parkway
St. Charles, Missouri 63303
Broke ground April 5, 1998[1]
Opened October 3, 1999[2]
Owner St. Charles County Public Arena Authority
Operator St. Charles County Public Arena Authority
Surface Multi-surface
Construction cost $27 million
($38.2 million in 2014 dollars[3])
Architect Hastings & Chivetta Architects[4]
General contractor Alberici Constructors, Inc.
Capacity Hockey: 9,643
Football: 9,755
Basketball: 10,467
Half-house concerts: 6,339
End-stage concerts: up to 11,522
Field size Arena floor: 17,900 square feet (1,660 m2)
Upper concourse area: 22,000 square feet (2,000 m2)
Tenants

Missouri River Otters (UHL) (1999–2006)
River City Rage (IPFL/NIFL/UIF/IFL) (2001-2005/2007-2009)
St. Louis Steamers (WISL, MISL II) (2000–2001; 2003–2004)
St. Charles Chill (CHL) (2013-Future)

St. Louis Attack (XLIF) (2013-Future)
St. Louis Ambush (MISL/PASL) (2013-Future)

The Family Arena is a multi-purpose arena in St. Charles, Missouri, built in 1999. The arena seats 9,643 for hockey, 9,755 for football, 10,467 for basketball, 6,339 for half-house concerts and up to 11,522 for end-stage concerts. In addition to sporting events, concerts, circuses and ice shows the arena is also used for trade shows with a total of 39,900 square feet (3,710 m2) of exhibit space (17,900 square feet (1,660 m2) on the arena floor and 22,000 square feet (2,000 m2) on the arena concourse).

Illinois state vs Creighton in the 2013 MVC Tournament.

It was formerly the home of the Missouri River Otters ice hockey team, the St. Louis Swarm basketball team, RiverCity Rage indoor football team, and the St. Louis Steamers indoor soccer team. Several youth hockey organizations, Twin Bridges and St. Peters clubs and the Missouri Storm Junior B team, have expressed interest in playing games at the arena, as have several high school programs. A new pro hockey team in the Central Hockey League started inaugural play on October 19, 2013. The team's name is the St. Charles Chill, and is affiliated with the St. Louis Blues.[5] [6]

The Family Arena also hosted Boeing Integrated Defense Systems' "Recommitment to Ethics Day" in 2005 and 2006 for Greater St. Louis.

Since 2008, the Family Arena has been host to the Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Championship Tournament.

Until Chaifetz Arena opened in 2008, Family Arena was the St. Louis stop for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice and Champions on Ice. The latter moved to Chaifetz that year while the circus and Disney on Ice moved to Scottrade Center to replace the St. Louis Billikens, who had also moved to Chaifetz.

The Family Arena has also been host to nationally televised professional wrestling events. The arena was the site of the Extreme Championship Wrestling's Wrestlepalooza 2000 event on April 16, 2000. The arena also hosted Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's Lockdown pay-per-view on April 15, 2007 and the 2010 edition on April 18, 2010.

The Christian rock band MercyMe performed at Family Arena annually from 2007 until 2013.

The Family ice set up for the St.Charles Chill.



References[edit]

  1. ^ "STLtoday.com". Nl.newsbank.com. 1998-04-05. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  2. ^ "STLtoday.com". Nl.newsbank.com. 1999-10-03. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  3. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Blues Announce Affiliation with Chill: The CHL's St. Charles Chill will play at the Family Arena in St. Charles". NHL.com. October 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ "St. Charles Chill to play minor league hockey at Family Arena – St. Louis Business Journal". Bizjournals.com. August 1, 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
TNA Impact! Zone (2006)
Liacouras Center (2009)
Host of Lockdown
2007, 2010
Succeeded by
Tsongas Arena (2008)
U.S. Bank Arena (2011)