Chicago Venue Guide: Allstate Arena (Rosemont, IL)
The Chicago area’s second-largest arena is not only home to the WNBA’s Chicago Sky, the Arena Football League’s Chicago Rush, and DePaul men’s basketball, but also routinely hosts big-name artists. Marc Anthony, Eagles, P!nk, Selena Gomez, and more will perform there this fall.
6920 N. Mannheim Road (just north of O’Hare International Airport)
Rosemont, IL 60018
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Seats: 18,500 for concerts, 17,500 for basketball, 16,692 for hockey, and 16,143 for arena football
The following four paragraphs describe the arena as a whole regardless of event type, although not all sections are open for all charts.
The biggest sections in the house are the upper level corners, 205, 208, 213, and 216. Be sure to check out your seats to figure out which part of them you will be in. Regardless of row, any seat number below 21 is on the right side of 216 (nearest to 215), seats 21-47 are in the middle block, and 49 or above is on the left side (nearest to 201).
Allstate Arena is funky seat-wise because even the top levels are asymmetrical. But sections 206, 208, 214, and 215 are 36 seats wide and run rows A-P (skipping I, probably to avoid confusion with 1) and select seats in 214 and 215 run through row W.
Now on to the 200 level and 100 level ‘sides’–that is, sections 209-212, 109-112, 204-201, and 104-101. On the 209-212/109-112 side, seats go upwards left-to-right, meaning any seat 1 in Section 110 is closer to the stage than seat 28. But on the other side, the 204-201/104-101 side, seats go upwards right-to-left, meaning any seat 1 in Section 103 is farther from the stage than seat 30. There are not more than 33 seats in any row in these ‘side’ sections, and around 20 in some rows in the thinner ones.
The 100 level, from first row off the floor to last row, is AA-FF then A-N. Rows AA-FF are not permanently built into the facility and are removed or the rows modified for some events. Also, the hockey boards remain in place for many events, including basketball games and concerts.
Concert End Stage Setup
The most typical concert set-up at the Allstate Arena is the End Stage set-up since the stage is at one end of the main floor. (Note: Sections 209, 109, 104, and 204 are not always open in this setup)
Sections on the floor are set up before the show with folding chairs, with section 1 spanning the length of the stage. This section is 50 seats across and 10 rows deep. Sections 2 and 3 are 24 seats wide, with seat 1 in each section in the center of the arena and seat 24 toward the outside. The first row in these sections is row 11 and it goes through row 28.
Sections 4 and 5 are rows 29-32 with seat 1 being in the center, but each row is slightly more narrow than the one before it. Row 29 (the first row) is 14 seats wide and the rows get progressively thinner after that (as you can see in the diagram above).
Concert Center Stage Setup
The center stage layout is a bit less common but sometimes utilitized as well. Although many events tweak the floor layout slightly, like the upcoming WWE Monday Night RAW event coming up on September 23rd, but basically the lower the better. For most events, row 1 is the closest to the stage in that section. So row 1 is the best row of each section, and seat 1 is also closest to the stage in that row.
Concert Half House Setup
Contrary to what you see in the diagram above, the seats on the left side of the arena (Sections 103-110 and 203-210) are not open during a half house concert. This is a fairly common setup that uses just half of the arena, significantly changing sight lines from Sections 102, 111, 211, and 202. The upcoming American Idols Live and Marc Anthony shows will be utilizing this layout. Some shows replace the floor sections with general admission entry, but not those two.
DePaul plans to move into a new arena at McCormick Place in 2016, but until then they’ll continue on at Allstate. Their tickets are pretty affordable and all sections are available. Sections 110, 111, 103, and 102 are significantly more expensive than the rest of the 100 level, especially because 109, 112, 104, and 101 are not directly facing the court.
The 2013-14 Wolves schedule has not been announced yet, but the St. Louis Blues’ AHL affiliate should price their tickets similar to last season, when face values ranged from $11 to $51. The 76-game season runs October through April.
All sections are available and tickets are affordable although the first few rows of all sections (including 200 level) are priced slightly higher. Obviously the closest seats are still behind the hockey boards as there is no room for floor seating during Wolves games.
The 2013 season is over for the Chicago Rush but planning for next year is already underway. While they haven’t released whether or not ticket prices will be the same as this year’s, the Rush price their seats by section except for sections 104-101 and 109-112, where the first rows increase in sharply.
Other than that, all sections are available for Rush games. Allstate Arena isn’t huge so there isn’t a truly bad view from any seat.
The Allstate Arena opened in 1980 and is operated by the Village of Rosemont. Originally called the Rosemont Horizon, Allstate Insurance aquired naming rights in 1999 and gave the facility a $20 million renovation that year. The Allstate Arena is home to the Chicago Rush (Arena Football), DePaul University’s men’s basketball, Chicago Wolves (AHL hockey) and the Chicago Sky (WNBA basketball). The arena is not all about sports however; it’s also used regularly to host the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus every November, WWE wrestling events, Stars on Ice, Disney on Ice, Monster Jam (monster trucks) the Harlem Globetrotters and plenty of concerts.
Originally, the facility was to be the new home of the WHA Chicago Cougars, a hockey team that folded in 1975. At that point, the Village of Rosemont issued $19 million in bonds to finance the cost of the arena with exclusive contracts with Araserv, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and MFG International.
Allstate Arena is one of the busiest venues in the United States by number of ticket sales, ranking 2nd nationally and 12th worldwide, ranked by ticket sales, according to a 2009 Pollstar Survey.
Check out this time lapse video of the arena switching from basketball to hockey setup!
Upcoming Events at Allstate Arena (click on event name for ticket information, some events may not be on sale yet):
- 9/5 American Idols Live!
- 9/7 Marc Anthony
- 9/23 WWE RAW TV
- 10/3 Avenged Sevenfold
- 10/19 Eagles
- 11/1-11/3, 11/6-11/11 Ringling Br0thers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
- 11/15 Lady Antebellum
- 11/20 P!nk
- 11/22 Selena Gomez
- DePaul Blue Demons men’s basketball (Big East)
- Chicago Rush Arena Football (AFL)
- Chicago Sky (WNBA)
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