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Allstate Arena

Rosemont, IL

Home of the Chicago Wolves

3.4

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Allstate Arena (map it)
6920 N Mannheim Rd
Rosemont, IL 60018


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Year Opened: 1980

Capacity: 16,692

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The Allstate Arena, formerly known as the "Rosemont Horizon," was built for DePaul University basketball but is now a multi-purpose arena. In 1999 it was renamed the Allstate Arena after extensive interior and exterior renovations. The facility is currently used for concerts, basketball (Chicago Sky - WNBA and DePaul University) and traveling events such as the circus, monster trucks, professional wresting and ice skating shows. However the primary tenant booking the most dates every year is AHL hockey in the form of the Chicago Wolves. There are many championship banners and retired numbers hanging in the rafters with the majority showcasing DePaul University and the Chicago Wolves.

3.4

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

In the past few years, the Allstate Arena renovated and upgraded their concessions. The names honor Chicago history by giving them Chicago / Rosemont related names i.e., Lexington Tavern and Exchange Street Sausage Company.

The food selection and quality has really improved over the years. They have the classic hot dogs for $6 and a slice Connie's pizza (cheese or sausage) for $6.50. The Moe's Southwestern Grill has burritos and bowls which are good for $8.50. The Allstate Arena also added a premium sandwich stand called the Carvery that changes the sandwich each home stand; this game it was a Prime Rib sandwich with arugula and chips for $13 . A "large" (20 oz) lemonade will set you back $6. They recently changed the size from 32 oz to a 20 but kept the price the same. Note: if you are looking for peanuts you can't find them here. Even though they have a peanut sponsor they don't sell them. I can't figure that out.

There are full bar service stands which have mixed drinks ($9 to $15) and a selection of over 30 beers and craft brews, $9.50 domestic drafts (20 oz) and $11 for a can of beer (domestic). They also have a small bottle of wine for $9.25 and 20 oz Bud Lime-a-ritas for $12.

The workers are friendly and provide a good service but can be very slow at times.

Atmosphere    3

The first thing you will notice is the sight lines are not very good especially on the lower deck and that the seating area is cramped. Anyway, you should get there for the pre-game fireworks / pyro show and video which is very entertaining. However, the fireworks are loud and many little kids start crying when the fireworks go off and you really can feel the heat from the flames, even in the upper deck.

The crowd is mostly families and there are lots of kids present. The stadium does the usual break entertainment things, such as kiss cam, throwing t-shirts into the crowd and other on ice contests like musical chairs or a bozo buckets variation or a shoot the puck contest. Between the periods the Wolves also do a pee wee hockey game. Fans seem to enjoy the pee wees especially when the kids can barely stand. The music at the arena is mostly pop music and nothing unexpected when there are so many kids.

The bad part of all the contests / video of the crowd is if you are sitting in the upper deck you can forget about getting on the video board or getting a t-shirt. Yes, an occasion shirt goes up there but not many especially if you are in the corners. In addition, if you are on the south side of the stadium there is no chance for you to be "picked" for a contest and it is rare to be on the video board. Lastly, don't expect to see their mascot "Skates" in the upper deck since he rarely goes up there.

Neighborhood    2

The Allstate Arena is in a commercial area and adjacent to a commercial shopping center (Target is the anchor tenant), a strip mall and a hotel. There are plenty of places to eat / drink before or after a game. The adjacent shopping center has Chili's, Longhorn Steak House, a sushi restaurant and an IHOP. Across the street is La Cave, which is an upscale restaurant. About a 10 minute walk from the arena is Shoeless Joe's Ale House. This is a good sports bar / pub. There are plenty of tv's and there are always several games on. The food there is really very good and reasonably priced and they have dozens of craft brews too. My favorite there is the Wolves burger (a cheeseburger with an egg on it) and the other food is excellent too.

Fans    4

Most fans that attend the game are friendly and are into the action. I found more people in upper deck know more about the team than people in the lower deck. In addition, I have noticed many of the same people at the games, so you know they are dedicated to the team.

The Wolves are the affiliate of the St. Louis Blues however, you wouldn't know it by looking at jerseys worn by the fans. A few fans wear St. Louis Blues jerseys but you will see mainly Chicago Wolves jerseys (many game worn), hats, shirts, etc. Of course, you will see some Chicago Blackhawk jerseys too.

Wolves games are mostly played on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Wednesday games draw around 4,000 fans. The Friday, Saturday and Sunday games average attendance before January is about 6,000 and 9,000 and 7,000 respectively. But after January Friday, Saturday and Sunday games average attendance is approximately about 8,000 and 13,000 and 8,000 respectively.

The reason for the difference is the Wolves have many group nights (i.e. churches, pee wee hockey, boy scouts and girl scouts) after January.

Access    5

There is no public transportation to the arena. So you will have to drive. The arena is located near O'Hare Airport so is it easy to get to off of I-90. The main street by the arena is Mannheim Road and the traffic is controlled by Rosemont police.

Onsite parking is available for $13. If you get here early enough, you can park at the adjacent shopping center. However, the police patrol the lot so if they see you park and walk over the arena they will ask to you leave (especially if you are wearing Wolves gear or hockey gear). If they don't see you there is still a risk of being towed if they notice your car there for a long time.

There is cheaper parking across the street in small parking lots and the exit is easier from these lots but they do fill up quick.

Return on Investment    3

Minor league hockey; major league prices (tickets range from $13 to $55 on game day). The Wolves rarely sell out so one is better off buying a cheaper ticket and go sit just about anywhere in the upper deck, especially before January. After January there aren't many open seats in the upper deck except in the corners. Ushers check tickets for the lower deck so one can't go there without a ticket.

Extras    4

Wayne Messier (formerly with the Chicago Blackhawks) usually sings the National Anthem prior to each game.

The Wolves have four championship banners (1998, 2000, 2002 and 2008) and retired numbers of their top individual players (Wendell Young and Steve Maltais), coach (John Anderson), general manager (Kevin Cheveldayoff) and two beloved players who have died (Dan Synder-car accident and Tim Breslin-cancer).

As for giveaways, the Wolves basically don't have any but they do give out a "Breakaway" magazine every game. The problem with the magazine is that every home stand only the middle story changes.

The Wolves do get a bonus point for every first home Saturday game when they have "Adopt a Dog" night. Usually every dog / puppy gets adopted. A dog will cost you about $100 but it has all the papers, shots and is fixed.

Final Thoughts

The Wolves do well with attendance considering there is a lot of competition for the entertainment sports dollar.

Since their inaugural season in 1994-95 the Wolves have only missed the playoffs a few times and only finished sub .500 once, so you know you will see some decent hockey.

Public Transportation Access to Allstate Arena

Despite the report, there actually IS public transportation accessability to the Allstate Arena. On dates when events are going on at the arena, the Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) Blue Line trains can drop off passengers to a stop called "Rosemont", which is 1 stop away from the O'Hare Airport CTA Station. From there, Chicago's suburban bus system, Pace, has a special bus fans can connect on that would take then directly to the front doors of the arena. Those buses usually run for about a hour after the end of the event, whether it be a Wolves hockey game, DePaul basketball, a WWE show, a concert, or whatever event is happening.

The reviewer is correct when it comes to the Wolves' fan base. For the longest time, the Wolves were doing what the Chicago Blackhawks should've been doing...putting a winning team on the ice, and marketing their product to local fans. Before the Blackhawks won 2 Stanley Cups in 4 years, the Wolves would win 4 league championships...2 IHL Turner Cups and 2 AHL Calder Cups. Not to mention, the Wolves were "innovators" in Chicago hockey by actually allowing their home games to be locally televised, while the Blackhawks didn't adopt such a policy until 2008...after the death of long-time owner William "Bill" Wirtz. Without elaborating on the subject too much on this forum, suffice it to say when Mr. Wirtz's son, Rocky, took over the Blackhawks, he not only helped to pave the way towards the team's success ON the ice, but he put a front-office team and policies on place to make he team a winner OFF the ice as well. Once upon a time, the Blackhawks were an "also-ran" team in Chicago. Now...they're the "hottest ticket in town.

In closing, the Chicago Wolves have done a lot to appease Chicago-are hockey fans since their inception in 1994. Their off-ice marketing and on-ice success has made them a great attraction for local sports fans. Yes...driving and parking at the Allstate Arena can be a hassle, as it is for any other team representing Chicago. However, there is "more than one way to skin a cat" as far as getting to the arena is concerned...the CTA and Pace have made sure of it.

by hsnterprize | Jan 28, 2015 01:29 PM

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Crowd Reviews

The Wolves Den

Total Score: 2.86

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 2
  • RoI: 2
  • Extras: 3

I had a bit of a negative predisposition when I entered the Allstate Arena for a Chicago Wolves game. Previously, I have been in the venue for a DePaul Blue Demons basketball game, and walked away feeling unimpressed. Very quickly, for this AHL game experience, I changed my tune.

Allstate Arena works much better as a hockey venue. With a strong base of ardent fans, and great mix of interesting promotions and special effects, you'll definitely feel like minor league hockey at Allstate Arena is a great value.

Allstate Arena Review

Total Score: 3.71

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 2

There's plenty of options for food at the formerly-named Rosemont Horizon, now called Allstate Arena. Coors Light is the beer of choice for the Wolves, so be ready to fork over some money for that. It's standard stadium food: nachos, Pepsi beverages, Dippin' Dots, the like.

The atmosphere at a Wolves game, although empty seats clearly dominate the 200 level, has electric downgraded to a mere understatement. Sitting in the lower bowl, which I highly recommend, is one of the greatest experiences you can give yourself, and for lower-5-row seats for only 26 bucks, you'd better jump on that. The crowd cheering and the siren sounding and taking us back to the nostalgia of the 90s with EMF when the hometown team scores is sure to have you pumping your fist. And you should hear the surplus of boos when the opposing team, that night the Charlotte Checkers.

It's Rosemont, OK? It's not like you're smack dab in the middle of downtown Chicago. It takes a while to get there, even from the suburbs, so plan for a long car ride. But it's a nice quiet suburb with something to boast about.

These fans are CRAZY about their hockey. You have diehards who wear their Wolves jerseys with pride, some who are at their first hockey game, and some who think that the AHL is a much more affordable NHL, which makes for the perfect fan atmosphere. The crowd screams their head off when the Wolves score, boos their livers out when the opposition does. They're a great group of fans.

Rosemont being the small suburb it is, it's not really easy to get there. The Allstate Arena has the largest parking lot in the State of Illinois, however, that comes at a price as parking will set you back $13. There's a Target next store, but Rockatis Towing will be waiting on the nights of Wolves games.

You get a great hockey game for a great price, minus the parking, and good food for a good price.

I'll give Allstate Arena one extra star for Wayne Messmer singing the National Anthem, and another extra for having Al Secord drop the puck the night I was there.

Minor league hockey in the big city

Total Score: 3.14

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 2

The Wolves always put a good product on the ice. They go above and beyond to make it a good family atmosphere. The issue is that this is minor league hockey in a big city. Rosemont is on the doorstep of Chicago and prices go hand in hand. Tickets are affordable but everything else - beer, food, parking etc - is big city so be ready. Allstate Arena is an older stadium built for concerts and leaves a lot to be desired. Id love to see the Wolves get a modern stadium

Home of the Baby Blues

Total Score: 2.86

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 2
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 2

That pre game pyrotechnic display is crazy, at least 5 minutes long and not that interesting after all. Food has good variety but is overpriced for this level. The place is huge and just not enough fans show up to get it rocking. Lots of restaurants within walking distance, and Rivers Casino is just a mile away. Parking now $13, you can take a special bus (#222) from Rosemont CTA station if you prefer. Cheapest ticket is $10, you can pretty much sit anywhere. Like the banners around the concourse for past players, but not much else extra wise. Worst thing is the angle of the seating bowl, just not steep enough in either level.

Great game, odd stadium

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 3

The biggest complaint I have about the stadium is that the stadium has a very awkward design and it makes it hard to move around from time to time. I am still wondering why WWE held wrestle mania there. Considering I went literally as the last lockout ended, I was very happy to watch live hockey again and not have to wake up at 3 am to watch hockey or deal with ESPN to watch the KHL. I would go back very in a heart beat.

The Wolves of Rosemont

Total Score: 2.71

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 2
  • Extras: 1

What was originally named the “Rosemont Horizon” is now Allstate Arena, a multi-purpose basketball and hockey venue originally built for DePaul University’s college basketball team. And with all the banners hanging from the ceiling, it is DePaul’s impression that makes this building, although now it is also the home of the American Hockey League Chicago Wolves.

Opened in 1980, the arena is out there, hugged by I-90 and immediately adjacent to O’Hare International Airport, and is plopped in the quintessential suburban sprawl community. When Allstate placed naming rights onto the facility in the late 90s, that also triggered a major renovation of the building.

The facility is also home to the WNBA's Chicago Sky.

Skating With Wolves

Total Score: 3.43

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 4

The Allstate Arena formerly was known as the “Rosemont Horizon” was built for DePaul University basketball but is now a multi-purpose arena. In 1999 it was renamed the Allstate Arena after extensive interior and exterior renovations. The facility is used currently for concerts, basketball (Chicago Sky-WNBA and DePaul University) and traveling events such as the circus, monster trucks, professional wresting and ice skating shows. However the primary tenant booking the most dates every year is AHL hockey in the form of the Chicago Wolves. There are many championship banners and retired numbers hanging in the rafters with the majority being for DePaul University and the Chicago Wolves.

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Harry Caray's  (map it!)

10233 W Higgins Rd

Rosemont, IL 60018

(847) 699-1200

http://www.harrycarays.com/

Shoeless Joe’s Ale House  (map it!)

10290 W Higgins Rd

Rosemont, IL 60018

(847) 296-5760

http://www.shoelessjoesrosemont.com/

Café La Cave  (map it!)

2777 Mannheim Rd

Rosemont, IL 60018

(847) 827-7818

http://www.cafelacave.net/

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