United Center is an indoor arena located in Chicago, Illinois and is the home of the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL) and Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The United Center's predecessor, the Chicago Stadium, was demolished after the new arena opened in 1994. The first ever event at the United Center was the WWF SummerSlam.
Due to the NHL's lockout, the Blackhawks did not move into the building until the 1994-95 season. The east side of the United Center features statues of Michael Jordan, Bobby Hull, and Stan Mikita. In addition to 82 Bulls and Blackhawks games each year, the United Center has hosted other sporting events such as University of Illinois basketball, the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament (from the first tournament in 1998 to 2001, then in odd-numbered years from 2003 to 2007 and again in 2013 and 2015), the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament (hosted four times, including 2011), the Roundball Classic, and the Great Eight Classic.
The arena's capacity is 23,129 with standing room for basketball while 22,428 fans can fit in the building for hockey. One of the best traditions in hockey takes place in the United Centre as the Blackhawks fans cheer as loudly as they can during American National Anthem before the opening puck drop.