Scottrade Center
Scottrade Center (originally Kiel Center and formally Savvis Center) is a 19,150 seat arena located in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, opened in 1994. It is the home of the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. Besides ice hockey, the arena features a range of arena programming, including professional wrestling, concerts, ice shows, family shows, and other sporting events. It hosts approximately 175 events per year, drawing nearly two million guests annually. For the first quarter 2006, Scottrade Center ranked second among arenas in the United States and fourth worldwide in tickets sold. Industry trade publication Pollstar ranks Scottrade Center among the top ten arenas worldwide in tickets sold to non-team events. The most people to ever attend an event at the Scottrade Center was 22,612, which happened twice during the 2007 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, known as Arch Madness. The arena is frequently selected by the NCAA for championship events, and played host to the NCAA Frozen Four Hockey Championships in April 2007, the NCAA Women’s Final Four Basketball Championships in 2009, and the NCAA Wrestling Championships in 2000, 2004, 2005, 2008, and 2009. It will host the NCAA Wrestling Championship again in 2012. The building is operated by Sports Capital Partners, owner of the St. Louis Blues, under its chairman, Dave Checketts.

History
It opened in 1994* to replace Kiel Auditorium, where the college basketball team had played, which was torn down in December 1992. The Blues had played in the St. Louis Arena prior to moving into Kiel Center in 1994. The building is currently known as Scottrade Center, after naming rights were sold in September 2006 to Scottrade (a local online investment firm and discount brokerage). The Kiel name still exists on the adjoining parking structure and the building cornerstone, as well as the closed Opera House on the north side of the property facing Market Street. Signs for the nearby MetroLink stop have been changed to read "Civic Center", since the building has been renamed three times in its short history. (The Opera House portion of the building was not razed when the original Auditorium was but has remained closed since 1992, as members of Civic Progress, Inc., who promised to pay for the renovation of the Opera House have reneged on that promise, while opposing all outside efforts to achieve that renovation independently of themselves.) Blues management decried its former naming-rights deal with tech company SAVVIS, as many of the monies paid out were in Savvis shares, then riding high. However, when the tech bubble burst, the team was left with almost nothing, and ended up losing money on the deal. Scottrade fixed that problem by paying its deal all in cash. In September 2006, Scottrade founder Rodger O. Riney announced a partnership with the St. Louis Blues hockey club and arena. The new name of the arena, Scottrade Center, was revealed in a joint press conference. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but were described as "long-term and significant." Both Scottrade and the Blues said the agreement was "equitable" to both parties. Most of the signage and other promotions were changed to Scottrade Center prior to the first home game of the Blues on October 12, 2006. (* The first St. Louis Blues game was played in January 1995 due to the 1994”“95 season being cut short because of a labor dispute.) The fall of 2006, an integrated LED scoring, video and advertising system from Daktronics in Brookings, South Dakota was installed in the arena, along with 1,075 feet (328 m) of 360-degree ribbon display technology. The centerhung display is made up of 12 different video displays and four 15 feet (4.6 m)-long ribbon displays.

Tenants
It is the home of the St. Louis Blues hockey franchise. A number of other events are scheduled throughout the year, such as concerts, ice shows, circuses and similar large gatherings. Former tenants of Scottrade Center include the Saint Louis University Billikens NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball, St. Louis Vipers roller hockey team, St. Louis Ambush and St. Louis Steamers indoor soccer teams, the St. Louis Stampede arena football team, and the River City Rage indoor football team.

Notable events

Sports
  • Every March, since 1995, the Scottrade Center has hosted "Arch Madness", the men's basketball conference tournament for the Missouri Valley Conference.
  • Hosts the annual " Braggin' Rights" men's college basketball game between the universities of Illinois and Missouri.
  • The PBR has hosted a Built Ford Tough Series (formerly Bud Light Cup) event at this venue annually since 1997.
  • 1997 Conference USA men's basketball tournament.
  • Hosts the Mid-States Club Hockey Association Challenge Cup and Wickenheiser Cup finals for high school hockey teams in St. Louis
  • 1998 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional
  • Women's Final Four in 2001 and 2009
  • Hosted the Cory Spinks vs. Zab Judah undisputed welterweight title fight in 2005.
  • Hosted the 2006 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships in January 2006, which was used as the primary means to select the United States Figure Skating team for the 2006 Winter Olympics.
  • Scottrade Center hosted the 2007 Frozen Four college ice hockey tournament on April 5 and April 7, 2007.
  • October 8, 2009, after the 2009-2010 season opener for the St. Louis Blues, a freak accident on one of the building's escalators injured 11, when the escalator began to rapidly go down. The accident happened after the game against the Atlanta Thrashers.


Wrestling and MMA
  • The arena has hosted multiple World Wrestling Entertainment events, most notably WWF Badd Blood: In Your House (which included the first ever Hell in a Cell), Survivor Series 1998, No Mercy 2001, Judgment Day 2007 and Elimination Chamber 2010. It has hosted several editions of Monday Night Raw, most notably on February 19, 2001, April 22, 2002, March 17, 2003 , June 6, 2005 , April 17, 2006(SuperShow), January 8, 2007, September 1, 2008(SuperShow), February 2, 2009, and August 17, 2009 . It hosted Raw again on March 14, 2011 . It also hosted the emotional RAW is Owen on May 24, 1999 ”“ a tribute edition of WWE's Monday Night RAW dedicated to the life of former wrestler Owen Hart, who died in an accident 24 hours before at the Over The Edge pay-per-view event in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in 2000, 2004, 2005, 2008 & 2009.
  • MMA organization Strikeforce held their Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields event at the Scottrade Center June 6, 2009. The organization will return on May 15, 2010 with Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery.
  • It is expected that the UFC will host its first event on April 2, 2011.


Concerts
  • Frank Sinatra - October 21, 1994 (his last ever concert stop to St. Louis, his last words to the crowd were, "I will see you again, I promise".)
  • Page & Plant - May 6, 1995 and June 7, 1998
  • The Red Hot Chili Peppers - March 18, 1996, May 7, 2003 and January 15, 2007
  • AC/DC - April 1, 1996, September 5, 2000 and January 13, 2009
  • KISS - July 2, 1996, with Alice in Chains (AIC's last concert, with original lead vocalist Layne Staley) and April 15, 1997
  • Rush - October 31, 1996
  • Metallica - February 4, 1997, September 25, 2004, with Godsmack and November 17, 2008, with Down and The Sword
  • Prince & The New Power Generation - June 27, 1997, November 28, 2000 and May 5, 2004
  • Fleetwood Mac - November 17, 1997, August 15, 2003 and May 5, 2009
  • Alanis Morissette - March 14, 1999, with Garbage
  • Cher - September 2, 1999, July 15, 2002 and October 4, 2003
  • Celine Dion - October 3, 1999 and February 4, 2009
  • ZZ Top - October 29, 1999, with Lynyrd Skynyrd and July 29, 2007
  • Ricky Martin - December 1, 1999
  • Korn - April 18, 2000 and July 20, 2002
  • Tina Turner - May 21, 2000, with Lionel Richie
  • 'N Sync - June 28 and November 19, 2000, with Sisqo and P!nk
  • Tim McGraw and Faith Hill - September 23, 2000 and July 14, 2006
  • The Dixie Chicks - October 27, 2000 and May 11, 2003, with Joan Osborne
  • Anger Management - October 30, 2000
  • Bon Jovi - November 24, 2000
  • Janet Jackson - July 15, 2001
  • Slipknot - October 13, 2001, with System of a Down, No One and American Head Charge and May 6, 2009, with DevilDriver and 3 Inches of Blood
  • U2 - November 28, 2001, with Garbage and December 14, 2005, with Kanye West
  • Aerosmith - December 11, 2001, with Fuel
  • Britney Spears - June 22, 2002
  • Paul McCartney - October 9, 2002
  • American Idol Live! - November 5, 2002, August 17, 2003, September 19, 2004, August 9, 2005, August 13, 2006, August 9, 2007, July 18, 2008, August 29, 2009 and August 25, 2010
  • Coldplay - February 3, 2003
  • Pearl Jam - April 22, 2003, with Sparta and May 4, 2010, with The Band of Horses
  • Avril Lavigne - May 9, 2003
  • Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake - July 5, 2003
  • Shania Twain - November 28, 2003
  • Clay Aiken and Kelly Clarkson - March 21, 2004
  • Van Halen - July 28”“29, 2004 and April 26, 2008
  • Jay-Z - October 23, 2004, with R. Kelly
  • Dolly Parton - October 31, 2004, with The Grascals
  • Scorpions - November 7, 2004
  • Destiny's Child - July 9, 2005
  • Nine Inch Nails - October 14, 2005, with Queens of the Stone Age and Autolux
  • The Rolling Stones - January 27, 2006
  • Nickelback - February 7, 2006 and April 23, 2010, with Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin and Sick Puppies
  • High School Musical - January 22, 2007, with Jordan Pruitt
  • Tool - June 22, 2007
  • The Police - July 2, 2007, with Fiction Plane
  • Beyoncé - July 8, 2007
  • T.I. and Ciara - August 11, 2007
  • Hannah Montana/ Miley Cyrus - October 17”“18, 2007, January 15, 2008, with The Jonas Brothers and October 28, 2009, with Metro Station
  • Santana - April 23, 2008
  • Alicia Keys - April 27, 2008
  • Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - August 23, 2008 and October 25, 2009
  • The Eagles - September 20, 2008
  • Neil Diamond - November 2, 2008
  • New Kids on the Block - November 10, 2008, with Lady Gaga
  • The Cheetah Girls - December 7, 2008, with Clique Girlz
  • Taylor Swift - April 25, 2009
  • Billy Joel and Elton John - May 14, 2009
  • The Jonas Brothers - July 28, 2009, with Honor Society, Jordan Sparks and Wonder Girls
  • Green Day - August 11, 2009, with Franz Ferdinand
  • Kings of Leon - September 30, 2009
  • Michael Bublé - June 25, 2010, with Naturally 7
  • James Taylor and Carole King - July 10, 2010
  • Lady Gaga - July 17, 2010, with Semi Precious Weapons
  • The Black Eyed Peas - August 14, 2010
  • Alice in Chains - October 1, 2010
  • Roger Waters - October 29, 2010
  • Justin Bieber - November 8, 2010, with Jasmine Villegas
  • Usher - November 26, 2010, with Miguel and Trey Songz
  • Ozzy Osbourne - January 14, 2011


Other events
  • Pope John Paul II celebrated a youth day service here on his 1999 visit to St. Louis.
  • The center Hosts Dare 2 Share, a Christian youth ministry conference, since 2006.


Building Activity

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