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UIC Pavilion

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Location 525 South Racine
Chicago, IL 60607
Owner University of Illinois at Chicago
Operator University of Illinois at Chicago
Capacity 9,500 (boxing and wrestling), 6,972 (basketball)
Surface Hardwood
Broke ground June 1, 1979[1]
Opened May 31, 1982
Renovated 2001
Construction cost $10 million
($24.4 million in 2016 dollars[2])
Architect Skidmore, Owings and Merrill[3]
UIC Flames, Windy City Rollers, Illiana Eagles

UIC Pavilion is a 9,500-seat multi-purpose arena located at 525 S. Racine Avenue on the West Side in Chicago, Illinois, which opened in 1982.

Description and history

The UIC Pavilion is located on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago. It opened in 1982. The UIC Pavilion was renovated in 2001, and is rented for many functions and concerts. It is accessible from the CTA Blue Line Racine stop, located one block north of the Pavilion. It is also accessible from the #7 Harrison Bus and the #60 Blue Island/26th Bus. It also hosted UIC's ice hockey team when they competed in the CCHA as well as the 1984, 1999, and 2000 Horizon League men's basketball conference tournament. The UIC Pavilion is home to the University of Illinois at Chicago Flames basketball team and the former home of the Chicago Sky WNBA team. It is the home of the Windy City Rollers of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association.[4] From 2004 to 2006 it also housed the Chicago Storm Major Indoor Soccer League team before they moved into the newly constructed Sears Centre. The UIC Pavilion was the home arena for Jim Crockett Promotions and WCW Wrestling in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It was the site of three PPV events: Starrcade 87, Chi-Town Rumble and Halloween Havoc 90. When used as a concert venue the arena seats up to 10,075 for end-stage shows, 7,924 for 3/4-house shows, and 5,878 for 1/2-house shows. The venue continues to be a regular host for major rock concerts, including notable sets from Green Day[5] to Phish.[6]

Beginning in 2016, it will host the Illiana Eagles pf Champions Indoor Football.[7]

Notable events




  • Members of the US National men's and women's gymnastics shows participated at an event at the UIC Pavilion in early October 2003.[9]
  • The UIC Pavilion hosted the AIBA 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships, which was the largest AIBA World Championships in its history. It took place October 23- November 3, 2007.
  • WEC 40 took place at the Pavilion on April 25, 2009.



  1. ^ Edes, Gordon (May 30, 1979). "Bird, Celtics Signing Set?". Chicago Tribune. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "Circle Builds a Giant". Chicago Tribune. June 9, 1981. 
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  7. ^ "UIC Pavilion". Illiana Eagles. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Corrections and Clarifications". Chicago Tribune (Chicago). February 17, 1996. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  9. ^ "They're heels over head". Chicago Tribune (Chicago). October 12, 2003. Retrieved October 12, 2003. 
  10. ^ "Larson Wins Senior All-Around Crown At 2010 CoverGirl Classic". Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  11. ^ "2011 CoverGirl Classic". Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Raisman And Biles Win Titles At The Secret U.S. Classic". Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  13. ^ "UIC To Host 2018 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships". Retrieved July 2, 2014. 

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
first arena
Home of the
Chicago Storm

2004 – 2006
Succeeded by
Sears Centre
Preceded by
first arena
Home of the
Chicago Sky

2006 – 2009
Succeeded by
Allstate Arena

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