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Sears Centre Arena

Hoffman Estates, IL

Home of the Windy City Bulls

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Sears Centre Arena (map it)
5333 Prairie Stone Parkway
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192


Windy City Bulls website

Sears Centre Arena website

Year Opened: 2006

Capacity: 5,000

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Bulls Expand Their Presence in Chicagoland

The National Basketball Developmental League began play in the 2001-2002 basketball season; originally consisting of eight teams located strictly in the southeast portion of the United States. Now known as the NBA Developmental League, or D League for short, the footprint of the league has expanded beyond that original geographic area. Currently consisting of 22 teams, the league is divided into four divisions spanning every time zone of the continental United States. These expansions have allowed the league to slowly evolve into a true minor league system for the NBA.

The newest franchise in the NBA Developmental League is known as the Windy City Bulls. The Windy City Bulls are owned and operated by their NBA affiliate the Chicago Bulls and play their home games in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates, Illinois at the Sears Centre Arena. The name Windy City Bulls won a fan voted contest beating out other finalists such as the Great Lakes Bulls and Heartland Bulls.

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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    4

The Sears Centre Arena has no shortage of permanent concession stands that are located around the building on the outside wall of the concourse. The offerings at these concession stands are above average in terms of quality and variety. A hot dog sells for $5, a cheeseburger is $6, and a slice of pizza is $7.

If you are looking for a more specialty item or just have a larger appetite you have choices as well. All combos come with curly fries and will cost you $9. You can choose your entrée from chicken tenders or a larger dressed up burger, chicken sandwich, or hot dog which come with a variety of toppings. You can also get chicken or steak tacos for $8.

For beverages domestic beer and wine will run you $8.50 while premium beer is $9.50. Fountain soda comes in two sizes at $5.50 and $6.50 while bottled water is $5 and Gatorade is $6.25.

A variety of specialty standalone concession stands are also available around the concourse along the inside wall including Prairie Stone Café, which is a coffee shop stand serving Starbucks products. You will also find Dippin' Dots as well as a vodka lemonade stand.

Atmosphere    5

The atmosphere at Sears Centre Arena for the Windy City Bulls is pretty electric; this is a team that has been marketing well and as a result the area has been anticipating their arrival for quite some time. Part of the atmosphere that can't be discounted is the name and brand notoriety of the Bulls. In the D League, which is continuing to grow and establish itself, linking the franchise with the established parent team in the NBA is a good move.

Taking a building that has not been established as a basketball arena and doing so quickly is not an easy task to undertake, however the Windy City Bulls have done this successfully. Small touches add to the setting and excite you for the experience of the game as soon as you enter the doors. Video displays showing team logo in animated motion, Bulls NBA Championship trophies on display, former Chicago Bulls players in attendance, and a local band performing on the concourse are all aspects that greet you as soon as you enter the building.

Down on the floor below the scoreboard and in full sight of the action on the court you will find the team merchandise stand, the in house DJ playing music before the game and during breaks, and the play area for kids. This adds to the game experience and is also a great usage of space where parents can keep their eye on the game while also letting their children enjoy the kid's area.

Neighborhood    5

Hoffman Estates is a far northwest suburb of Chicago and has a large population, as a result the area around Sears Centre Arena has a lot of choices to eat or seek out additional entertainment before or after a game. If you arrive early there are even a few good choices within walking distance. Main Event Entertainment is just across the street from Sears Centre Arena and provides a variety of activities such as bowling, billiards, video games, and laser tag along with a full range of food and beverages.

Just down the street from the Sears Centre is the Poplar Prairie Stone Crossing shopping center which has stores for shopping before and after games and a huge variety of food options. For a fast casual meal, you will find Moe's Southwest Grill, Culver's, Jersey Mike's, Jimmy John's, Chipotle, and Panda Express amongst others. If you prefer a sit down meal you will find Stone Eagle Tavern, Red Robin, Buffalo Wild Wings, Rookies, and Claim Jumper.

Fans    4

Bulls fans and Chicago sports fans in general are some of the most dedicated and that is a great starting point for this new franchise. The Sears Centre Arena opened in 2006 and has served as the home of a variety of different sports franchises during the decade since. Several attempts to establish anchor tenants for the arena have failed. This however will be the first foray into a permanent basketball tenant for the arena and hopes are high that ties to the Chicago Bulls will ensure success. Thus far it is working, combining the known entity of the Bulls with a large suburb looking for family friendly entertainment is a recipe for success. A great mix of families wearing Windy City Bulls apparel remain entertained and involved in the action on the court.

Access    4

Accessing the Sears Centre is never difficult as it is located directly off of the I-90 tollway, however as is the case with most of Chicagoland, you must be aware of the time and day you are traveling and prepare for the traffic accordingly. With proper preparation you will not experience a problem and with wide multiple lane roads leading into and out of the arena parking areas a quick and smooth entrance and exit should be the norm.

Return on Investment    4

Ticket prices for the Windy City Bulls are affordable, with a 200 level seat in the traditional seating bowl $17 and a 100 level seat ranging $20-$25. If you are looking for a special experience baseline seats are available for $50 with sideline opposite the benches for $60. Bench seats go for $100 including food and beverages.

Extras    2

One extra point for the large floor to ceiling television showing the game action which is located on the concourse in the club area; don't worry... the club area is open to everybody.

Another extra point to the thought process put into locating the merchandise store and kid's area behind the baseline and in view of the action on the court. This is a small move that adds to the game experience and atmosphere greatly.

Final Thoughts

The Windy City Bulls are establishing a great product on and off the floor in Hoffman Estates. The establishing of this franchise will be a benefit for the fans of Chicagoland and should finally establish an anchor tenant for the Sears Centre Arena.

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Bulls Expand Their Presence in Chicagoland

Total Score: 4.00

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

The National Basketball Developmental League began play in 2001-2002 basketball season; originally consisting of eight teams located strictly in the southeast portion of the United States. Now known as the NBA Developmental League, or D League for short, the footprint of the league has expanded beyond that original geographic area. Currently consisting of 22 teams the league is divided into four divisions spanning every time zone of the continental United States. These expansions have allowed the league to slowly evolve into a true minor league system for the NBA.

The newest franchise in the NBA Developmental League is known as the Windy City Bulls. The Windy City Bulls are owned and operated by their NBA affiliate the Chicago Bulls and play their home games in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates, Illinois at the Sears Centre Arena. The name Windy City Bulls won a fan voted contest beating out other finalists such as the Great Lakes Bulls and Heartland Bulls.

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Local Food & Drink

Chipotle Mexican Grill  (map it!)

4600 Hoffman Blvd

Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

(847) 649-5800

Stone Eagle Tavern  (map it!)

4680 Hoffman Boulevard

Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

(847) 747-9100

http://www.stoneeagletavern.info/

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers  (map it!)

2742 Sutton Road

Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

(847) 645-1455

The Saddle Room  (map it!)

2559 Pratum Ave

Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

(847) 645-7500

http://thesaddleroomrestaurant.com/martini-menu/

Moe's Southwest Grill  (map it!)

4589 W Higgins Rd

Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

(847) 645-1800

http://www.moes.com/find-a-moes/illinois/hoffman_estates/

Buffalo Wild Wings  (map it!)

2540 Sutton Rd

Hoffman Estates, IL 60126

(847) 645-0333

http://www.buffalowildwings.com/en/locations/Detail/3295

Local Entertainment

Main Event Entertainment  (map it!)

2575 Pratum Ave

Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

(847) 645-1111

https://www.mainevent.com/locations/hoffman-estates-il

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