Credit Union 1 Arena
Former namesUIC Pavilion (1982–2018)
Location525 South Racine Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60607
Coordinates41°52′29″N 87°39′22″W / 41.87472°N 87.65611°W / 41.87472; -87.65611
OwnerUniversity of Illinois Chicago
OperatorUniversity of Illinois Chicago
Capacity10,300 (concerts), 9,500 (boxing and wrestling), 8,000 (basketball)
Broke groundJune 1, 1979[1]
OpenedMay 31, 1982
Construction cost$10 million
ArchitectSkidmore, Owings and Merrill[2]
UIC Flames basketball (NCAA D-1) (1982–present)
UIC Flames men's ice hockey (NCAA D-1) (1982–1996)
Chicago Cheetahs (RHI) (1994)
Chicago Rockers (CBA) (1994–1996)
Windy City Rollers (WFTDA) (2004–present)
Chicago Storm (MISL II) (2004–2006)
Chicago Sky (WNBA) (2006–2009)
Chicago Eagles (CIF) (2016)

Credit Union 1 Arena (previously known as UIC Pavilion) is a multi-purpose arena located at 525 S. Racine Avenue on the Near West Side in Chicago, Illinois. It opened in 1982.

Description and history

Credit Union 1 Arena is located on the campus of the University of Illinois Chicago. Originally named the UIC Pavilion, it opened in 1982, and was renovated in 2001. The arena is rented for many functions and concerts. It is accessible from the CTA Blue Line Racine stop, located one block north of the Pavilion. It is also accessible from the #7 Harrison Bus and the #60 Blue Island/26th Bus. It also hosted UIC's ice hockey team when they competed in the CCHA as well as the 1984, 1999, and 2000 Horizon League men's basketball conference tournament.

Credit Union 1 Arena is home to the UIC Flames basketball team and the former home of the Chicago Sky WNBA team. It is the home of the Chicago Smash of World TeamTennis and Windy City Rollers of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association.[3] From 2004 to 2006 it also housed the Chicago Storm Major Indoor Soccer League team before they moved into the newly constructed Sears Centre. The UIC Pavilion was the home arena for Jim Crockett Promotions and WCW Wrestling in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It was the site of three PPV events: Starrcade 87, Chi-Town Rumble and Halloween Havoc 90. When used as a concert venue the arena seats up to 10,075 for end-stage shows, 7,924 for 34-house shows, and 5,878 for 12-house shows. The venue continues to be a regular host for major rock concerts, including notable sets from Green Day[citation needed] to Phish.[4]

In 2016, it was the home the Chicago Eagles of Champions Indoor Football.[5] However, the team went on hiatus for the 2017 season.

In 2018, UIC signed a 15-year naming rights agreement with Credit Union 1, a credit union based in Illinois, and renamed the venue from UIC Pavilion to Credit Union 1 Arena.[6]

Notable events





Demonstrators outside the arena protesting a scheduled Trump rally on March 11, 2016.


See also


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  2. ^ "Circle Builds a Giant". Chicago Tribune. June 9, 1981.
  3. ^ "UIC Pavilion — Windy City Rollers". Archived from the original on 2010-01-07. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  4. ^ "Phish UIC Pavilion: Photos". 16 August 2011.
  5. ^ "UIC Pavilion". Chicago Eagles. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  6. ^ Rhodes, Dawn (November 15, 2018). "Naming Rights Agreement for UIC Pavilion Includes $750,000 for Student Scholarships". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  8. ^ "Chicago '94, A Brand New 6-CD Box Set, In Stores July 31". Phish.
  9. ^ "Corrections and Clarifications". Chicago Tribune. Chicago. February 17, 1996. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  10. ^ "They're heels over head". Chicago Tribune. Chicago. October 12, 2003. Retrieved October 12, 2003.
  11. ^ "Uproar on the Lakeshore". WFTDA. Archived from the original on January 21, 2016. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  12. ^ "Larson Wins Senior All-Around Crown At 2010 CoverGirl Classic". Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  13. ^ "2011 CoverGirl Classic". Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  14. ^ "12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates: Day 1". Archived from the original on January 5, 2017. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  15. ^ "12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates: Day 2". Archived from the original on January 5, 2017. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  16. ^ "Raisman And Biles Win Titles At The Secret U.S. Classic". Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  17. ^ "Macklemore/Lewis review at UIC Pavilion". Chicago Tribune.
  18. ^ "Trump cancels Chicago rally, says he didn't want to see anyone hurt". Fox News. 2016-03-12. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  19. ^ "Trump Rally in Chicago Postponed After Clashes". NBC News. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  20. ^ "Trump Rally Postponed in Chicago Amid Safety Concerns". ABC News. March 11, 2016. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  21. ^ DelReal, Jenna Johnson, Jose A.; Rucker, Philip (March 11, 2016). "Trump cancels Chicago rally over security concerns". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved March 12, 2016.((cite news)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  22. ^ "Richard Abraham discusses his upcoming match on Glory 50 on Sports Feed". 15 February 2018.
  23. ^ "UIC To Host 2018 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships". Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  24. ^ "Bernie Sanders stops in Chicago to rally for Brandon Johnson". WGN-TV. 31 March 2023. Retrieved 24 May 2023.
  25. ^ "Inauguration Day: Brandon Johnson sworn in as Chicago's 57th mayor". 15 May 2023. Retrieved 24 May 2023.
  26. ^ Shepherd, Carrie. "The Strokes lend Kina Collins' campaign a hand". Axios Chicago. Axios Chicago. Retrieved March 9, 2024.
Events and tenants
Preceded by
first arena
Home of the
Chicago Storm

2004 – 2006
Succeeded by
Preceded by
first arena
Home of the
Chicago Sky

2006 – 2009
Succeeded by
Preceded by FIVB Volleyball Men's Nations League
Final Venue

Succeeded by