Sears Centre

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Sears Centre
SearsCentrelogo.png Sears Centre.JPG
Location 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway
Hoffman Estates, Illinois 60192-3720
Broke ground July 21, 2005[1]
Opened October 26, 2006
Owner Village of Hoffman Estates
Operator Global Spectrum
Surface Multi-surface
Construction cost USD $62 million
Architect RoehrSchmitt Architecture[2]
General contractor Ryan Companies US, Inc.[3]
Capacity Theater Shows: 2,200-11,218
Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Indoor Football Games: 8,362
Basketball Games: 10,000
Concerts: 11,800[4]
Tenants
Chicago Slaughter (CIFL/IFL) (2007–2013)
Chicago Bliss (LFL) (2009–2010, 2013-Present)
Chicago Outlaws (CILL) (2011 - present)
Chicago Storm (MISL/XSL) (2006–2009)
Chicago Hounds (UHL) (2006–2007)
Chicago Shamrox (NLL) (2007–2008)
Chicago Express (ECHL) (2011-2012)
Chicago Soul FC (MISL) (2012-2013)
The ice surface set up for an Express game.

The Sears Centre is an 11,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, a northwest suburb, 25 miles from Chicago. The arena has 43 luxury suites on two separate levels. The venue opened on October 26, 2006, with performances by Duran Duran and Bob Dylan; it was estimated to attract over 750,000 visitors annually.[4]

The Sears Centre is located near the former site of the Poplar Creek Music Theater, a venue that was also located in Hoffman Estates from 1980 to 1994. Food services are provided by Levy Restaurants.

In 2011 the Village of Hoffman Estates took over ownership of the arena after Ryan Companies US, Inc. walked away from the arena due to the arena's lack of success.[5] However, since the village took over the arena and hired Global Spectrum to manage it,[6] the arena has shown improvements.[7]

Current tenants[edit]

Former tenants[edit]

Notable events[edit]

  • The arena was also the venue which featured TNA's first ever Impact Wrestling outside of Orlando, Florida on March 14, 2013.
  • On May 19 and 20, 2011, it played host to the Chicago audition stages in the first season of the Fox singer search program The X Factor.
  • In 2009 and 2011, it played host to a Strikeforce event.
Event Date
Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers Saturday November 7, 2009
Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson Saturday July 30, 2011

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Construction of Sears Centre Officially Underway; Sears and Ryan Companies Host Groundbreaking Ceremony". PR Newswire. July 21, 2005. 
  2. ^ http://roehrschmitt.com/main/?p=747
  3. ^ http://www.apigroupinc.com/headline/LeJeune_Steel_was_selected_as_the_Structural_Steel_manufacturer_and.html
  4. ^ a b "Sears Centre Arena Venue Info". Searscentre.com. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  5. ^ "Hoffman Estates takes over Sears Centre". Daily Herald (Arlington Heights). Dec 16, 2009. Archived from the original on Jan 6, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Hoffman Estates adjusts to owning arena". DailyHerald.com. 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  7. ^ "Sears Centre shining for Hoffman Estates". DailyHerald.com. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  8. ^ "Chicago Express cease operations". ECHL.com. April 6, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Chicago Shamrox Suspend Operations". Daily Herald (Arlington Heights). December 13, 2008. Archived from the original on December 13, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Home". chicagoslaughter.com. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  11. ^ "Chicago Storm". Chicagolandsoccernews.com. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  12. ^ "Bound For Glory 2008 In Chicago". TNAWrestling.com. 2007-09-20. Archived from the original on 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 

External links[edit]

Events and tenants
Preceded by
UIC Pavilion
Home of the
Chicago Storm

2006–2009
Succeeded by
Chicago Sports Zone
Preceded by
none
Home of the
Chicago Slaughter

2007 – present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
Gwinnett Center
Host of Bound for Glory
2008 (IV)
Succeeded by
Bren Events Center

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