April 10, 2013
Alissa Cunningham

Chaifetz Arena Marks Five Years of Entertaining Midtown

During the facility's first five years, more than 5.3 million ounces of popcorn were consumed and 1.7 million people walked through the arena turnstiles.

On Wednesday, Saint Louis University's Chaifetz Arena celebrates its fifth anniversary.

Since its official opening on April 10, 2008, the 10,600-seat venue has welcomed 1,725,521 patrons. Below are more facts and figures highlighting Chaifetz Arena's first five years.

  • 7,735,356: Ounces of soda consumed, enough to fill 30,696 regulation sized basketballs
  • 5,344,271: Ounces of popcorn eaten, which could completely fill two Chaifetz Arena suites 
  • 80,363: Hotdogs sold, enough to stretch around the bases of a baseball field 130 times
  • 38,040: Gallons of water used to create the ice for Disney on Ice, enough to fill the bed of a pickup truck 126 times
  • 37,451: Number of high school and college graduates to walk across the Chaifetz Arena stage to receive their diplomas
  • 10,612: Largest single-event attendance (Men's Basketball vs. Butler, Jan. 31, 2013)
  • 10,549: Points scored by the SLU men's (6,072) and women's (4,477) basketball teams
  • 6,938: Hours spent installing and removing the basketball court
  • 594: Total number of events held at Chaifetz Arena
  • 70: Concerts held at Chaifetz Arena

"When we developed our plans for Chaifetz Arena, we envisioned a world-class facility that would make a world of difference in the lives of our student-athletes, our campus community and the greater St. Louis metropolitan region," said Saint Louis University President Lawrence Biondi, S.J. "During these first five years, Chaifetz Arena has surpassed our expectations."

Ben Folds performs at Chaifetz Arena
Ben Folds performs at Chaifetz Arena. Photo courtesy Global Spectrum

A state-of-the-art athletics facility, Chaifetz Arena has given the SLU Billikens true home court advantage. For example, the men's basketball team posted a 17-2 record at home this season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year.

Described as the "jewel of Midtown," the arena also has served as a catalyst for economic development, with numerous new restaurants, businesses and attractions opening since the facility's 2008 debut.

In addition, Chaifetz Arena has become one of the top-ranked collegiate venues in the world. The musical acts that have hit Chaifetz Arena stage have ranged from legends such as Bob Dylan and Reba McEntire; to breakout stars such as Lil Wayne and Carrie Underwood.

Just about every genre of music has been heard, including rock (Muse, Black Keys), country (Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert), rap (Wiz Khalifa, Nelly), R&B (Isley Brothers, Jamie Foxx) and even comedy (Steve Harvey, Mike Epps).

Chaifetz Arena also has drawn thousands of families to Midtown with events such as Disney on Ice, Cirque du Soleil and Batman Live. In addition, the facility has become a major resource for members of the community and area non-profits. The building has hosted numerous local high school graduations, youth competitions and St. Patrick Center's largest annual fundraiser.

The Lindbergh High School class of 2012 celebrates its graduation. Photo courtesy Global Spectrum
The Lindbergh High School class of 2012 celebrates its graduation. Photo courtesy Global Spectrum

Chaifetz Arena is managed by Global Spectrum, which also manages more than 100 other public assembly facilities around the world.

"We have been very excited to see how Chaifetz Arena has complemented the St. Louis community during these first five years," said Global Spectrum's Jim Wynkoop, general manager of Chaifetz Arena. "It has provided a new intimate experience for concertgoers, an electrifying atmosphere for Billiken fans and a brand new reason for St. Louis residents to visit the beautiful SLU campus. We look forward to continuing that tradition."

About Saint Louis University
Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of nearly 14,000 students on two campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of nearly 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.

About Global Spectrum
Based in Philadelphia, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world's largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League; Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider; New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities; Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions; Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company; and Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks.

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