A relatively new stadium, the United Center's construction was started in 1992, and completed in 1994. Its predecessor was the Chicago Stadium, which was demolished in 1995. The United Center was built to accommodate sporting events, concerts, circuses and professional speakers. It is currently the biggest and largest stadium in the country by way of structural size, but with seating capacity of 21,500, it is far from the highest capacity stadium.
$175 million dollars and 3,500 tons of steel constructed this stadium during the golden times of the Chicago Bulls and the Blackhawks. During that time, the stadium was filled to capacity all the time. These days, the stadium still performs as it is intended, a luxury center for enjoying sporting events, concerts and more. The United Center offers fine dining in the Locker Room Club, as well as fresh sandwiches at the Chicago Brew Pub and Carvery. It also houses 4 restaurant/bars and at least 46 concession stands.
Probably the most famous attraction to ever appear at the United Center, Michael Jordan is immortalized by a 17-foot 2,000 pound bronze statue out in front of the building. He has been named "The Greatest North American Athlete of the 20th Century" by ESPN, and has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated a record 49 times since 1983.
One of the few complaints about the United Center is that it is not quite as "loud" as the old Chicago Stadium, meaning the acoustics are not as good, and possibly not as great for concert viewing. However, the 90's styling makes it comfortable and luxurious when compared to other stadiums in Chicago today.