U.S. Cellular Coliseum
|U.S. Cellular Coliseum|
The building nearing completion in 2005.
|Location||101 South Madison Street
Bloomington, Illinois 60701
|Broke ground||August 19, 2004|
|Opened||April 1, 2006|
|Owner||City of Bloomington|
|Operator||Central Illinois Arena Management, LLC|
|Construction cost||$37 million
($42.8 million in 2013 dollars)
|Architect||BBB Architects, Ltd.|
|Services engineer||The Mitchell Partnership Inc.|
|General contractor||Johnston Contractors Inc.|
|Capacity||Hockey & Indoor Football: 7,000
Concerts : 8,000
|Bloomington Thunder (SPHL) (2013-present)
Bloomington Edge (CPIFL) (2006–present)
Bloomington Blaze (CHL) (2011–2013)
Central Illinois Drive (PBL) (2012–present)
Bloomington PrairieThunder (UHL/IHL/CHL) (2006–2011)
Illinois State University Redbirds Hockey Club (MACHA)
U.S. Cellular Coliseum is an arena in downtown Bloomington, Illinois that opened to the public on April 1, 2006. It is on the southwest corner of Madison Street (US-51) and Front Street. It hosts the Bloomington Edge of the Champions Professional Indoor Football League, the Bloomington Thunder of the Southern Professional Hockey League, and the Central Illinois Drive of the Premier Basketball League.
The arena's seating capacity is approximately 7,000 for hockey and indoor football games and 8,000 for concerts. The arena also has a basketball floor and a sand volleyball floor. The U.S. Cellular Coliseum is also home to the Illinois State University Redbirds Hockey Club The Redbirds play in the Mid-American Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) Gold Division. They were founding members in 1967. The team is a member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), Division II, Central Region.
Attached to the arena is the Pepsi Ice Center, which is a public ice rink run by Bloomington Parks & Rec. The center features open skating, as well as lessons and hockey leagues. It is also the home of the State Farm Holiday Classic, one of the largest, coed high school holiday basketball tournament in the nation, featuring 64 varsity teams participating throughout Bloomington-Normal.
The arena has 800 club seats, 24 luxury suites, and 2 party suites.
Other venues with similar names
U.S. Cellular, a wireless telephone company, has sponsored several sports venues:
- U.S. Cellular Arena - an indoor sports arena in Milwaukee
- U.S. Cellular Center - an indoor sports arena in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
- U.S. Cellular Field - home of the Chicago White Sox
- U.S. Cellular Field at the Resch Center - Home of the Green Bay Blizzard of the IFL
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