About State Farm Center
State Farm Center literally comes alive after dark, with its great, white dome glowing in the night sky, the brightness within symbolic of the superstars who perform under its unique roof.
From rock shows to Broadway to family shows to Fighting Illini basketball and much more, State Farm Center has hosted the top names in show business, as well as, numerous University and community events. Performers and events hosted at State Farm Center include The Rolling Stones, Garth Brooks, Elvis Presley, U2, Frank Sinatra, “Les Miserables,” Bob Hope, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Aerosmith, Reba McEntire, Tina Turner, “Cats,” Bill Cosby, University of Illinois Commencement, The Harlem Globetrotters, Bruce Springsteen, “Sesame Street Live!” and countless others.
State Farm Center opened on March 2, 1963, and continues to attract attention for its design and construction. Four hundred feet across, it at one time was one of the only two-edge supported domes in the world. The roof is supported by 614 miles of one-quarter inch steel wire wrapped at the base of the dome under intensive pressure. The architect was Max Abramovitz, a distinguished University of Illinois alumnus. His firm also designed the United Nations Buildings, much of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the University of Illinois’ own Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
In seating capacity, State Farm Center ranks among the great arenas of major cities. It has nearly 15,500 permanent seats, but when portable chairs are placed on the floor for an in-the-round performance there is a potential of up to 16,500 depending on the size of the stage.
The third largest Illinois arena outside of The United Center in Chicago and Allstate Arena in Rosemont, State Farm Center continues to present the hottest and most exciting performers and events in the world!