It is only fitting that we should start off with the Allstate Arena (in Rosemont, a suburb of Chicago), as we live only half a mile away from it. Cool, right? Well, it makes for bad traffic especially when Justin Bieber (gag), the Who (yay) or Green Day (bigger yay) showed up.
Here is what Tom has to say about it as he has been there countless times (at least a hundred). He even was there at the opening show.
The Allstate Arena first opened its doors in May 1980 as the Rosemont Horizon with Ted Nugent headlining the first live concert held there. The arena seats 18,500 and is the home of the Chicago Wolves AHL hockey team, the DePaul Blue Demons Men’s basketball team, the Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League and the Chicago Sky Women’s basketball team.
The Allstate Arena is also the home arena when the WWE Wrestlers come to town. It is also an annual stop when the Ringling Brothers Circus comes to Chicago every fall. Plus it is the favored arena of most rock bands when playing in Chicago. Fun Fact: The arena makes a cameo appearance in the Scorpions video for “Big City Nights”