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Date Opened Mar. 28, 1929
Demolished 1995
Venue Capacity 25,500
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Venue Address 1900 W. Madison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612

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The Chicago Stadium was a famed and historic indoor sports arena in Chicago, Illinois. The Stadium hosted the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL from 1929-1994 and the Chicago Bulls of the NBA from 1967-1994.

The arena was the site of numerous historic events, including the first NFL playoff game in 1932, (moved inside and played on an 80-yard field due to inclement weather), the 1932, 1940, and 1944 Democratic National Conventions, and the 1932 and 1944 Republican National Conventions, as well as numerous concerts, boxing matches and political rallies.

Completed on March 28, 1929 at a cost of $9.5 million ($2.5 million was funded by Harmon), Chicago Stadium was the largest indoor arena in the world at the time - the closest to it in terms of capacity at the time was the third incarnation of New York's Madison Square Garden, which sat almost half as many people. It was also the first arena with an air conditioning system (though the system was fairly rudimentary by modern standards, and was memorably given to filling the arena with fog during late-season games).

In addition to the close-quartered, triple-tiered, boxy layout of the building, much of the loud, ringing noise of the fans could be attributed to the fabled 3,663-pipe Barton organ that was played during hockey games there, earning it the moniker of "The Madhouse on Madison (Street)". In the Stanley Cup semi-finals in 1971, when the Blackhawks scored a series-clinching empty-net goal, CBS TV announcer Dan Kelly reported, "I can feel our broadcast booth shaking! That's the kind of place Chicago Stadium is right now!"

After the Blackhawks and Bulls moved to the United Center, the Chicago Stadium was demolished in 1995. The console of the Barton organ now resides in the Phil Maloof residence in Las Vegas, Nevada. Also, the Chicago Bulls' floor resides in Michael Jordan's trophy room in his house.

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