The St. Louis Blues, a franchise in the National Hockey League (NHL), and one of its best teams, plays its home games in Scottrade Center, one of the biggest indoor sports and entertainment venues in “the Gateway City” and throughout the rest of the country, as well.
The Blues are a good squad and their home ice is special, too. Opened in 1994, just twenty-one years ago, the building that seems to always draw large crowds is a multi-purpose and multi-use facility that hosts permanent tenants such as the St. Louis Blues and the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament plus as many as one hundred seventy five additional events every year.
That makes Scottrade Center an almost continuous hub of activity. This building is never quiet and almost never empty. It also is able to accommodate large crowds for its varied events.
For example, capacity for ice hockey stands at nineteen thousand one hundred fifty motivated and emotional fans. College basketball, pro basketball, too, can be played in front of twenty-two thousand people. That is capacity for concerts, as well. Interestingly, indoor soccer is played in this highly versatile arena and it “fills the house” when ten thousand people buy tickets.
While only two tenants call this modern arena home, other tenants once played here regularly. These include the St. Louis Billikens, a local university that was the home team for many NCAA men’s basketball games. The St. Louis Stampede of the Arena Football League (AFL) also entertained visiting teams in this building in 1995-1996.
As noted earlier, one hundred seventy five events take place at Scottrade Center every year. That number includes many local high school events such as the Mid-States Club Hockey Association Challenge Cup and the Wickenheiser Cup.
In 2006, the U.S. State Farm Figure Skating Championship enchanted fans of that gracefully-performed sport. World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has put on great shows at this mid-western venue many, many times. Monday Night Raw, Smack-down and special Pay-Per-View events have all taken place at Scottrade Center.
The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) has held annual bull riding events before large and appreciative crowds while professional boxing has excited fans of that rugged sport.
Of course, concerts are a mainstay and a constant for this heavily-used venue. Top music acts and world-famous bands have appeared here frequently, often selling out just minutes after tickets have gone on sale.
Interestingly, this incredibly successful building is owned by the city of St. Louis. Prior to its most recent name change, it was known as the Kiel Center from 1994-2000 and the Savvis Center from 2000 until 2006.
It doesn’t seem to matter what name is attached to the walls of this building. It appears to be primed for long term success. Clearly, they are doing something right in the Gateway City.”