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Hawks, Bulls unveil updated United Center and atrium

Mar 01, 2017 - Chicago Sun-Times

When the United Center opened in 1994, it was a massive monolith in the midst of an urban wasteland. Streets were unsafe. Lots were unpaved. Buildings were unused.

"To say this was a blighted area was maybe an understatement," Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz said.

On Wednesday afternoon, a sparkling new office building and fan atrium was unveiled on the east side of the arena, the latest step in the revitalization of the West Side.