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Scottrade Center (formerly Kiel Center and Savvis Center) is a 19,150 seat arena located in downtown St. Louis, Missourimarker, opened in 1994. It is the home of the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League.

Scottrade Center is respected as one of the louder NHL arenas due to several factors including the 9-second foghorn blast after every Blues' goal followed by an organ rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In".

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.[349561] [349562]

The arena is frequently selected by the NCAA for championship events, and played host to the NCAA Frozen Four Hockey Championships in April 2007, and will host the NCAA Wrestling Championships in 2008 and 2009 and the NCAA Women’s Final Four Basketball Championships in 2009.

The building is operated by Sports Capital Partners, owner of the St. Louis Blues, under its chairman, Dave Checketts.

History

Kiel Center opened in 1994* to replace Kiel Auditoriummarker, where the college basketball team had played, which was torn down in December 1992. The Blues had played in the St. Louis Arenamarker 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.)

Tenants

Scottrade Center is the home of the St. Louis Blues hockey franchise. A number of other events are scheduled in Scottrade Center through the year, such as concerts, ice shows, circuses, and similar large gatherings.

Former tenants of Scottrade Center include the Saint Louis Universitymarker 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

  • Legendary singer Frank Sinatra made his last ever concert stop to St. Louis on October 21, 1994 to perform a sell out concert at Scottrade Center (then Kiel Center). His last words to the crowd were "I will see you again, I promise"






  • Pope John Paul II celebrated a youth day service here on his 1999 visit to St. Louis.


  • Every March since 1995, the Scottrade Center has hosted "Arch Madness", the men's basketball conference tournament for the Missouri Valley Conference.


















  • 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.






  • The PBR has hosted a Built Ford Tough Series (formerly Bud Light Cup) event at this venue annually since 1997 (when it was known as the Kiel Center).




  • October 8 2009, After the 2009-2010 Season Opener for the St. Louis Blues, a freak accident on one of the buildings escalators injuries 11, when the escalator began to rapidly go down. The accident happened after the game against the Atlanta Thrashers.


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