Odeum Expo Center

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Odeum Expo Center
Location 1033 North Villa Avenue, Villa Park, Illinois 60181
Coordinates 41°54′49″N 87°58′14″W / 41.913711°N 87.970426°W / 41.913711; -87.970426Coordinates: 41°54′49″N 87°58′14″W / 41.913711°N 87.970426°W / 41.913711; -87.970426
Owner Phil Greco
Operator Brad Walsh
Capacity 2,500 (football and soccer)
5,500 (boxing, wrestling and concerts)
Surface Artificial turf
Opened November 1981
Tenants
Chicago Riot (MISL, 2010–2011)
Chicago Cardinals (CIFL, 2010)
Chicago Mustangs (PASL, 2013)
Chicago Cheetahs (RHI, 1995)
Chicago Blitz (AIF, 2014-present)

The Odeum Expo Center is a convention center located in Villa Park, Illinois. It features 20,106 square feet (1,868 m2) of exhibit space at the North Hall and 21,632 square feet (2,010 m2) of exhibit space at the South Hall. Both halls have pitched roofs as high as 50 feet (15 m). The South Hall is also used as an arena with an 85-by-194-foot artificial turf surface for indoor soccer or indoor football. It can seat 2,500 for indoor soccer, football or lacrosse, and up to 5,500 for boxing, MMA/UFC, wrestling, and concerts. In addition, the Odeum Expo Center features two mezzanines, the lower with 4,340 square feet (403 m2) and the upper mezzanine with 13,024 square feet (1,210 m2) and a roof up to 40 feet (12 m). There are also 9,750 square feet (906 m2) of meeting space and a 2,064-square-foot (192 m2) lobby.

In 2010, the Odeum became the home to the Chicago Cardinals of the Continental Indoor Football League. Also in 2010 the Chicago Riot of the Major Indoor Soccer League began play at the Odeum Expo Center. In 2014, the Chcago Blitz professional indoor football team began play at the Odeum in the CIFL. They will continue their home games in 2015 as a member of the AIF.

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