U.S. Cellular Coliseum is an arena in downtown Bloomington, Illinois that opened to the public on April 1, 2006. It is on the southwest corner of Madison Street ( US-51) and Front Street. It hosts the Bloomington Extreme of the Indoor Football League and the Bloomington Prairie Thunder of the Central Hockey League. The arena's seating capacity is approximately 7,000 for hockey and indoor football games and 8,000 for concerts. The arena also has a basketball floor and a sand volleyball floor. The U.S. Cellular Coliseum is also home to the Illinois State University Redbirds Hockey Club The Redbirds play in the Mid-American Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) Gold Division. They were founding members in 1967. The team is a member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), Division II, Central Region. Attached to the arena is the Pepsi Ice Center, which is a public ice rink run by Bloomington Parks & Rec. The center features open skating, as well as lessons and hockey leagues. Many citizens of the Bloomington-Normal area frequent the venue, and others acknowledge its contribution to the community. U.S. Cellular Coliseum's 1 millionth fan, Darrell Ifft, from Chenoa, Il. was honored on January 23, 2010.

Select Performers and Events Hosted at U.S. Cellular Coliseum
John Mayer, Kid Rock, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Chicago, Sheryl Crow, Soulja Boy, Three Doors Down, Seether, Jeff Dunham, U.S. Men's Sand Volleyball, Harlem Globetrotters, Hanson, Yes, Breaking Benjamins, Avenged Sevenfold, Hoobastank, Alice Cooper, Backstreet Boys, Stone Temple Pilots, Amy Grant, Chicago Cubs Caravan, Don Rickles, REO Speedwagon, NBC ‘Skating for Life' With Sara Evans, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson and Trace Adkins,Rob Zombie,St.Louis Cardinals Carvan,Korn,Stone Sour, among others.

Other venues with similar names
U.S. Cellular, a wireless telephone company, has sponsored several sports venues:
  • U.S. Cellular Arena - an indoor sports arena in Milwaukee
  • U.S. Cellular Center - an indoor sports arena in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • U.S. Cellular Field - home of the Chicago White Sox
  • U.S. Cellular Field at the Resch Center - Home of the Green Bay Blizzard of the IFL

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