|Location||1 South Compton Avenue|
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
|Owner||Saint Louis University|
|Operator||Spectra by Comcast Spectacor|
|Broke ground||August 28, 2006|
|Opened||April 10, 2008|
|Construction cost||$80.5 million|
($109 million in 2022 dollars)
|Architect||Sink Combs Dethlefs|
Mackey Mitchell Associates
|Structural engineer||Alper Audi, Inc.|
|General contractor||Clayco Construction|
|Saint Louis Billikens (NCAA Division I) (2008–present)|
Chaifetz Arena (// SHAY-fets), is a 10,600 seat multi-purpose arena in St. Louis, Missouri located on the Saint Louis University campus. The arena began construction on August 28, 2006 and opened on April 10, 2008.
Since the 2008–09 season, it has been the home of the Saint Louis University men's and women's basketball teams. Additionally, the attached Chaifetz Pavilion includes a two-court basketball and volleyball practice facility that also serves as an 800-seat venue that is the home for the university's volleyball teams. The arena, known as "the Jewel of Midtown," includes a three-story athletic office. Chaifetz Arena has been called by former VCU coach Shaka Smart as the toughest venue to play in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Men's basketball record at Chaifetz Arena
|Year||Conference record||Record overall||Winning Percentage||Head Coach||Average Attendance|
Barry Manilow performed the inaugural concert at Chaifetz Arena on April 25, 2008.
Saint Louis University held its first commencement ceremony on campus in 60 years at the arena on May 17, 2008. Fox Sports personality and native St. Louisan Joe Buck delivered the Commencement Address.
The first political rally at the Arena was on October 2, 2008, for Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. She appeared to supporters after the 2008 Vice Presidential debate held at Washington University in St. Louis.
FIRST Robotics Competition has held its St. Louis FRC Regional at Chaifetz Arena for several years.
American Idols Live! made its Chaifetz Arena debut in 2009, having previously been held at the Enterprise Center (2002) and Family Arena (2003-2008). Chaifetz Arena also became the St. Louis stop for Champions on Ice and Cirque du Soleil, also in 2009.
The arena hosted the Monster Truck Spectacular Fall Nationals on October 17, 2009.
The USA Gymnastics Championships occurred June 7–10, 2012 at the Chaifetz Arena.
March 6, 2016 Bruce Springsteen performed to the largest sold-out crowd in the building's history with 10,247 sold tickets.
The 2016 Men's U.S. Olympic Trials and P&G Gymnastics Championships were held at Chaifetz Arena June 23–26, 2016. The 2018 SEC Gymnastics championships were held at the arena.
WWE held its first show there on July 21, 2018.
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