Allstate Arena Details
First opened as the Rosemont Horizon in 1980, Allstate Arena is today the home of the Chicago Wolves (American Hockey League) and the Chicago Sky (Women's National Basketball Association). From the beginning, the Village of Rosemont has operated this venue, with an eye to community involvement, sustainability, and high-quality amenities. One of the largest entertainment sites in the area, Allstate seats 17,500 for hockey and up to 18,211 for basketball.
Today, the venue is popular for its convenient location near Chicago's city limits and the O'Hare International Airport.
Previous teams to play here have included the Chicago Horizons of the Major Indoor Soccer League and the DePaul University men's basketball team, the Blue Demons. During that tenure, the Allstate Arena hosted three NCAA basketball tournaments in 1987, 1993, and 2005. The basketball court is now called the "Ray and Marge Meyer Cour," renamed in 2005 for DePaul's winningest coach -- Ray Meyer and his wife, Marge.
It was also an Arena Football League destination in its earlier life, hosting ArenaBowl II and housing two separate arena football teams: first the Chicago Bruisers and later the Chicago Rush. Allstate Arena also hosted the Ultimate Fighting Championship, UFC 90 in 2008, and WWE's WrestleMania on a few different occasions.
Beyond sports, the arena has hosted political rallies, circuses, family shows, many concerts, and a variety of other events. One unique offering is Wolff's Flea Market, which draws crowds from all over Chicagoland in the summer months and has been a part of local life since 1991. Artists, as varied as Nine Inch Nails, Whitney Houston, Justin Bieber, Cher, and Fall Out Boy, have all played at the Allstate Arena.
What are the best places to sit at the Allstate Arena?
The Allstate Arena has two levels when the floor is not in use: a lower level (sections in the 100s) and an upper level (sections in the 200s). One thing to keep in mind is that lower level sections have rows lettered AA-FF and then A-R, which means CC is a much closer seat than C.
For hockey games, Section 111 is behind the Wolves bench, and Section 110 is behind the visitor's bench. At concerts with reserved floor seating, sitting at the back of the floor is not a problem, seats are laid out well enough that you'll be able to see.
Allstate Arena Tips and Tricks
Parking ranges in price from $15-$20 and is cash-only payment, so make sure you're ready for that. The parking lots open two hours before each event and tailgating is strictly disallowed. If you want to get there early to get suitable parking spaces, plan out something to do, like eating at one of the area's many restaurants.
While carrying in food is generally not allowed, this arena will make exceptions for dietary requirements and other unique cases. You'll need to get these approved in advance by calling the Administrative Office at 847-635-6601, but they're friendlier than some venues about accommodating that kind of exception.
Allstate Arena Club Areas
Suites are the main premium seating option at the Allstate Arena. While they're not available for individual event purchase, you can purchase a suite to get access to VIP treatment, private catering, and a reserved parking spot at the arena. Other than that, there are some special offers for group rates at most Allstate events, but not much else in the way of premium seating.