Sears Centre Arena

The Sears Centre Arena is an 11,800-seat multi-purpose arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, a northwest suburb 25 miles from Chicago. The arena has 43 luxury suites on two separate levels and seating capacities range from 2,200 (theater set-up) to 10,595 for end stage events.[6] It was estimated to attract over 750,000 visitors annually.[1]

Sears Centre
Address5333 Prairie Stone Parkway
LocationHoffman Estates, Illinois
OwnerVillage of Hoffman Estates
OperatorComcast Spectacor
CapacityConcerts: 11,800
Basketball: 10,000
Football, hockey, lacrosse, and soccer: 9,400
Theater shows: 3,000–6,000[1]
Field sizeMaximum Floor Dimensions: 105’ X 248’
Ice Rink Maximum Dimensions: 200’ x 85’
Ceiling Height (floor to steel): 70’[2]
Broke groundJuly 21, 2005[3]
OpenedOctober 26, 2006
Construction cost$62 million
ArchitectRoehrSchmitt Architecture[4]
General contractorRyan Companies[5]
Chicago Hounds (UHL) (2006–2007)
Chicago Storm (MISL II/XSL) (2006–2009)
Chicago Shamrox (NLL) (2007–2008)
Chicago Slaughter (CIFL/IFL) (2007–2013)
Chicago Bliss (LFL) (2009–2010, 2013–2014, 2018–2019)
Chicago Outlaws (CILL) (2011–2013)
Chicago Express (ECHL) (2011–2012)
Chicago Soul FC (MISL III) (2012–2013)
Chicago Mustangs (MASL/M2) (2014)
Windy City Bulls (NBA G League) (2016–present)

Since 2016, the arena has been home to the Windy City Bulls, the Chicago Bulls' affiliate in the NBA G League.[7]

The Sears Centre Arena is located near the former site of the Poplar Creek Music Theater.


The venue opened on October 26, 2006, with performances by Duran Duran and Bob Dylan.

In 2011, the Village of Hoffman Estates took over ownership of the arena after Ryan Companies US, Inc. walked away from the arena due to the arena's lack of success.[8] However, since the village took over the arena and hired Global Spectrum to manage it,[9] the arena has shown improvements.[10]

The naming rights to the arena were not affected by Sears Holdings bankruptcy in 2018.

Notable events

USA Gymnastics


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  11. "Bound For Glory 2008 In Chicago". 2007-09-20. Archived from the original on 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2008-06-09.
  12. "All In sellout a genuine surprise to Cody Rhodes and the Young Bucks". Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  13. "Kenlin, Shchennikova Win All-Around In The Hopes Division Of 2013 U.S. Challenge". Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  14. "Ross Wins All-Around At 2013 Secret U.S. Classic". Retrieved July 2, 2014.
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Events and tenants
Preceded by
UIC Pavilion
Home of the
Chicago Storm

Succeeded by
Chicago Sports Zone

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