U.S. Cellular Coliseum

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U.S. Cellular Coliseum
U.S. Cellular Coliseum (logo).jpg
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The building nearing completion in 2005.
Location 101 South Madison Street
Bloomington, Illinois 60701
Coordinates 40°28′41″N 88°59′47″W / 40.47806°N 88.99639°W / 40.47806; -88.99639Coordinates: 40°28′41″N 88°59′47″W / 40.47806°N 88.99639°W / 40.47806; -88.99639
Owner City of Bloomington
Operator Central Illinois Arena Management, LLC
Capacity Hockey & Indoor Football: 7,000
Concerts : 8,000
Surface Multi-surface
Construction
Broke ground August 19, 2004[1]
Opened April 1, 2006
Construction cost $37 million
($43.3 million in 2014 dollars[2])
Architect BBB Architects, Ltd.[3]
Structural engineer Halcrow Yolles[4]
Services engineer The Mitchell Partnership Inc.[5]
General contractor Johnston Contractors Inc.[6]
Tenants
Bloomington Thunder (USHL) (2014–present)
Bloomington Edge (CPIFL) (2006–present)
Bloomington Blaze (CHL) (2011–2013)
Bloomington FLEX (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[7] 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.

Features[edit]

Attached to the arena is the Pepsi Ice Center,[8] 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.[3]

Other venues with similar names[edit]

U.S. Cellular, a wireless telephone company, has sponsored several sports venues:

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