Chick Evans Field House
The Chick Evans Field House is a 6,000-seat multi-purpose arena in DeKalb, Illinois, USA. The arena opened in 1956 and was home to the Northern Illinois University Huskies basketball team prior to the 2002 opening of the Convocation Center. It was named in honor of longtime Northern athletic director George “Chick” Evans. The building is now used for recreation, housing basketball, indoor soccer, and floor hockey. It is also the base of operations for the university's ROTC program. In addition some smaller-scale events, such as organizational expos by the Student Association, are still held here.
It held concerts for 30 years. Elton John played there in 1972, Santana played there on February 10, 1973. KISS played there in 1974 (Kiss Tour '74). The late Frank Zappa played there in 1975. UK band Jethro Tull played there in 1975. Muddy Waters from Chicago played there in 1976. Charlie Daniels Band in 1976, Rockford's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Cheap Trick played there twice (once in 1977), Grateful Dead in 1977, Blue Öyster Cult in 1978, Hall & Oates in 1978, Jefferson Starship (with Highland Park's Grace Slick) in 1979, Loverboy (from Canada) in 1981, Kansas in 1981, UK's Peter Gabriel in 1982, The Kinks in 1983, R.E.M. in 1986, Bob Dylan (from Duluth) in 1990, Black Crowes in 1993, Rage Against the Machine (with Chicago's Tom Morello) in 1993, Cypress Hill in 1993, Blues Traveler in 1996, Counting Crows in 1997, Less Than Jake in 2000, and the late bluesman B.B. King in 2005.