U.S. Cellular Coliseum

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U.S. Cellular Coliseum
U.S. Cellular Coliseum (logo).jpg
US Cellular Coliseum.jpg
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 VenuWorks
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
($44 million in 2016 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 Edge (CIF) (2006–present)
Bloomington PrairieThunder (UHL/IHL/CHL) (2006–2011)
Bloomington Thunder (SPHL) (2011–2014)
Bloomington Flex (MPBA) (2012–2015)
Bloomington Thunder (USHL) (2014–present)
Bloomington Express (MPBA) (2017–present)

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 Champions Indoor Football, the Bloomington Thunder of the United States Hockey League and the Bloomington Express of the Midwest Professional Basketball Association.

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 arena is also home to the Pepsi Ice center which is located in the same building. Coliseum has all rights to the Pepsi Ice center.

Features[edit]

Attached to the arena is the Pepsi Ice Center,[7] 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:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guetersloh, M.K. (August 19, 2004). "Ground Broken for Arena. Construction Expected to Take 18 Months". The Pantagraph. Bloomington. Retrieved September 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Outfield Seats Will Be Ready Ahead Of Schedule For Cardinals
  4. ^ "Ferdo Simov". Entuitive, Ltd. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  5. ^ US Cellular Coliseum - The Mitchell Partnership
  6. ^ Johnson Contractors - US Cellular Coliseum
  7. ^ Pepsi Ice Center

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