Renovated in 2009/2010, the United Center now offers more flat screen televisions in the concourses and 2 bars that offer panaromic views of the arena. The acoustics were also amplified to actually make it louder inside, emulating the famous "Roar" from the old Chicago Stadium.
There's also a new concession stand and seating area located in Section 326 called “Backstage" which replicates the atmosphere of being backstage at a United Center concert and includes photos of music acts that have played there.
Food and Drink:
There are few great places inside to grab drinks - try the Jose Cuervo Cantina at Section 103 where they serve up 6 different types of margaritas. For a full sports bar, stop by Bar One above the Ketel One Club at Section 119. It's open to the public and you can grab some tasty appetizers there too.
For a sit down area with great views of the Chicago skyline head to Iron Works Bar and Grill on the 300 Level.
One of our favorite concessions is Sweet Baby Ray's for some great BBQ. You'll find it near Section 118/119.
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The Arena and Neighborhood:
The United Center, also home to the Bulls, is the largest arena in the country, and has been open since 1994. One mile west of the Loop (Chicago's downtown central business district) and the I-90/94 Kennedy Expressway, it's located on the western edge of the West Loop neighborhood, also referred to as Near West Side. The area is undergoing rapid development and is surrounded by some pretty good spots to hit up pre or post game for drinks or dinner. For specific suggestions, be sure to check out our "Before and After the Game" setion.
Gates open 1.5 hours prior to tip off, and be sure to check out the Michael Jordan Statue outside Gate 4 off Wood Street.
Just a few blocks away is I-290 Eisenhower Expressway and you can exit at Damen Ave. There are around 6,000 parking spaces available in lots surrounding the United Cetner, accessible from Damen Ave, Madison St, Wood St and other surrounding streets. Most lots will be around $20, although some are as high as $35. There are a few lots and garages that you can book directly online, so check our "Before & After the Game" map for parking icons, where you can easily secure a spot right from your computer or phone.
You can take the Orange, Green, Purple, or Brown lines to Madison. For the bus, take Bus 20 west, or on game day, Bus 19 will take you there as well. For more information, check out Chicago Transit Authority's site HERE.
Also be sure to check out The CrossRoads Bar and Grill on our map, as they offer a free shuttle service to the game.