Fans get ‘Mad’ at Chicago’s new house

On November 4, 1994, the Chicago Bulls hosted the season opener against the Charlotte Hornets in a 89-83 victory and the first game played at the United Center.

Although Michael Jordan, was unable to play, there were still a number of talented individuals who helped bring the Bulls to victory. Scottie Pippen scored 22 points and Larry Krystkowiak scored 14.

The Bulls, along with the Blackhawks, have called the Madhouse on Madison home ever since. There have been many outstanding moments including championships and everything from Jordan’s return from retirement and his last shot as a Bull. The statue greeting fans at the east entrance portrays Jordan doing what he is most well-known for, dunking. The only difference between him and the statue is the absence of his tongue sticking out. The north entrance is guarded by Blackhwaks greats, Bobby Hull and Stan Makita.

Hockey was not played at the Mad house on Madison until January of 95. While the teams are not playing at the United Center the building hosts the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey circus alongside a wide variety of concerts including performances by everyone from the Rolling Stones to One Direction.

The United Center has grown into an iconic Chicago location for sports, music and even politics as it hosted the 1996 Democratic Convention.

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