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Family Arena
Location 2002 Arena Parkway
St. Charles, Missouri 63303
Broke ground April 5, 1998[1]
Opened October 3, 1999[2]
Owner St. Charles County Public Arena Authority
Operator St. Charles County Public Arena Authority
Surface Multi-surface
Construction cost $27 million
Architect Hastings & Chivetta Architects[3]
General Contractor Alberici Constructors, Inc.
Tenants Missouri River Otters (UHL) (1999–2006)
RiverCity Rage (IFL) (2001–2005; 2007–2009)
St. Louis Steamers (WISL/MISL II) (2000–2001; 2003–2004)
St. Charles Chill (CHL) (2013–2014)
River City Raiders (AIF) (2013–present)
St. Louis Ambush (MASL) (2013–present)
Capacity Hockey: 9,643
Football: 9,755
Basketball: 10,467
Half-house concerts: 6,339
End-stage concerts: up to 11,522
Field Dimensions Arena floor: 17,900 square feet (1,660 m2)
Upper concourse area: 22,000 square feet (2,000 m2)

The Family Arena is a multi-purpose arena in St. Charles, Missouri, built in 1999. The arena seats 9,643 for hockey, 9,755 for football, 10,467 for basketball, 6,339 for half-house concerts and up to 11,522 for end-stage concerts. In addition to sporting events, concerts, circuses and ice shows the arena is also used for trade shows with a total of 39,900 sq ft of exhibit space 17,900 sq ft on the arena floor and 22,000 sq ft on the arena concourse).

It was formerly the home of the Missouri River Otters ice hockey team, the St. Louis Swarm basketball team, RiverCity Rage indoor football team, and the St. Louis Steamers indoor soccer team. Several youth hockey organizations, Twin Bridges and St. Peters clubs and the Missouri Storm Junior B team, have expressed interest in playing games at the arena, as have several high school programs. A new pro hockey team in the Central Hockey League started inaugural play on October 19, 2013. The team's name is the St. Charles Chill, and is affiliated with the St. Louis Blues.[4] [5] Currently it is home to the St. Louis Attack of American Indoor Football.

The Family Arena has served as an annual location for one of many world wide regional Bible conventions hosted, admission free with no parking or collection ever taken up, by Jehovah's Witnesses. [6][7]

The Family Arena also hosted Boeing Integrated Defense Systems' "Recommitment to Ethics Day" in 2005 and 2006 for Greater St. Louis.

Since 2008, the Family Arena has been host to the Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Championship Tournament.

Until Chaifetz Arena opened in 2008, Family Arena was the St. Louis stop for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice and Champions on Ice. The latter moved to Chaifetz that year while the circus and Disney on Ice moved to Scottrade Center to replace the St. Louis Billikens, who had also moved to Chaifetz.

The Family Arena has also been host to nationally televised professional wrestling events. The arena was the site of the Extreme Championship Wrestling's Wrestlepalooza 2000 event on April 16, 2000. The arena also hosted Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's Lockdown pay-per-view on April 15, 2007 and the 2010 edition on April 18, 2010.

The Christian rock band MercyMe performed at Family Arena annually from 2007 until 2013.


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