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Morse Diesel leads venture to build stadium in Chicago.

The join venture general contracting team of Morse Diesel International/Huber, Hunt & Nichols, Inc. has been selected to handle the general contracting responsibilities for the construction of the new $150 million Chicago Stadium, the future home of the Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Bulls. The groundbreaking ceremony for the privately-financed facility took place on April 6; completion is slated for August 1994.

According to William Wirtz, owner of the Blackhawks (a member of the National Hockey League), and Jerry Reinsdorf, chairman of the Bulls (National Basketball Association), the eight-level, 950,000-square-foot arena boasts a flexible design. It will hold up to 20,500 fans for hockey, 21,500 for basketball, and up to 23,000 for concerts and other entertainment events.

HOK Sport, Kansas City, Missouri, the project architect, also designed the new Comiskey Park in Chicago. Stein & Company, Chicago, is the development manager.

In addition to the general seating capacity, the new Chicago Stadium will include 216 suites built on three private levels; suite holders share a number of special benefits and amenities. The new Stadium will also provide a private seating area known as the Club Seating level, with capacity for approximately 3,300 spectators, and the 325-seat Arena Club, a members-only dining facility located on the Club level. All levels of the facility are served by escalators.

Other capabilities and amenities will include an eight-sided color instant replay scoreboard; a distributed television system, which will make the day's event accessible to nearly every area in the arena; an on-site television production studio, and a Blackhawks/Bulls "Hall of Fame" which will highlight each team's greatest players and moments in history.

All building levels are accessible to handicapped patrons via elevators, and wheelchair seating is available on each level in all price categories.

On-site parking for approximately 4,100 cars is also provided.
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Title Annotation:Morse Diesel International and Huber, Hunt and Nichols Inc. create joint venture to build Chicago Stadium in Chicago, Illinois
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Jun 10, 1992
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