The BMO Harris Bank Center (formerly the Rockford MetroCentre) is a 10,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Rockford, Illinois. The arena opened in 1981 with a concert by Dionne Warwick. It was the home of the Rockford Lightning Continental Basketball Association team for many years. It is currently home to the Rockford IceHogs ice hockey team, the Rock River Raptors indoor football team, and the Rockford Rampage indoor soccer team. It also hosted the first Arena Football League test game in 1986 between the Chicago Politicians and the Rockford Metros.
In 2006, The city of Rockford along with Winnebago County announced plans to issue 23 million dollars in bonds to fund a massive renovation of the Arena. The MetroCentre renovation began in the summer of 2007. Projects already completed include a state-of-the-art video scoreboard, Club Boxes, Club Lounge, 200-person Group Terrace additional bathrooms, and new concession stands and food courts. Other amenities completed in 2008 included an exterior façade update, new box office and main entrance, 11 Luxury Corporate Suites, and a retail center. Key to the plan was an agreement with the Chicago Blackhawks to put an American Hockey League (AHL) team in Rockford for the next 10 years. This team acts as the Blackhawks' farm team. The MetroCentre authority purchased a AHL franchise, and bought the rights to name it the "IceHogs."
|Current arenas in the American Hockey League (as of 2016-17 season)|
|Eastern Conference||Blue Cross Arena · Dunkin' Donuts Center · Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena · GIANT Center · MassMutual Center · Mile One Centre · Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza · Oncenter War Memorial Arena · PPL Center · Ricoh Coliseum · Times Union Center · Utica Memorial Auditorium · Webster Bank Arena · XL Center|
|Western Conference||AT&T Center · Allstate Arena · BMO Harris Bank Center · BMO Harris Bradley Center · Cedar Park Center · Citizens Business Bank Arena · MTS Centre · Quicken Loans Arena · Rabobank Arena · Time Warner Cable Arena · Valley View Casino Center · SAP Center at San Jose · Stockton Arena · Tucson Convention Center · Van Andel Arena · Wells Fargo Arena|
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