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Family Arena
Family Arena 2013
Location 2002 Arena Parkway
St. Charles, Missouri 63303
Owner St. Charles County Public Arena Authority
Operator St. Charles County Public Arena Authority
Capacity Hockey: 9,643
Football: 9,755
Basketball: 10,467
Half-house concerts: 6,339
End-stage concerts: up to 11,522
Field size Arena floor: 17,900 square feet (1,660 m2)
Upper concourse area: 22,000 square feet (2,000 m2)
Surface Multi-surface
Broke ground April 5, 1998
Opened October 3, 1999
Construction cost $27 million
($34.5 million in 2018 dollars2018)
Architect Hastings & Chivetta Architects
General contractor Alberici Constructors, Inc.
Missouri River Otters (UHL) (1999–2006)
St. Louis Swarm (IBL) (1999–2001)
RiverCity Rage (NIFL/UIF/IFL) (2005; 2007–2009)
St. Louis Steamers (WISL/MISL II) (2000–2001; 2003–2004)
St. Charles Chill (CHL) (2013–2014)
St. Louis Ambush (MASL) (2013–present)
River City Raiders (AIF/APF) (2016–2017)
St. Louis Vipers (NRHL) (2020–)

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 square feet (3,710 m2) of exhibit space (17,900 square feet (1,660 m2) on the arena floor and 22,000 square feet (2,000 m2) on the arena concourse).

Illinois State vs Creighton in the 2013 MVC Women's Basketball Tournament
The Family Arena ice hockey rink set up for the St. Charles Chill

Currently it is home to the St. Louis Ambush of the Major Arena Soccer League.

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

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 Enterprise Center to replace the St. Louis Billikens, who had also moved to Chaifetz.

Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament

From 2008 to 2015, the Family Arena was host to the Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament.

Religious events and concerts

The Family Arena has served as an annual location for one of many world wide regional Bible conventions hosted by Jehovah's Witnesses. The Christian rock band MercyMe performed at Family Arena annually from 2007 until 2013.

Professional Wrestling

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 Impact Wrestling's Lockdown pay-per-view on April 15, 2007 and the 2010 edition on April 18, 2010. The arena also hosted Ring of Honor’s Gateway to Honor on February 29, 2020.

High school and college commencement ceremonies

The arena has hosted commencement ceremonies for Lindenwood University, Missouri Baptist University and Maryville University as well as for several area high schools.

The 2017 NCAA Women's Frozen Four

The 2017 NCAA National Collegiate Women's Ice Hockey Tournament known as the "Frozen Four" was held at the Family Arena in 2017. The quarterfinals were contested at the campuses of the seeded teams on March 11, 2017. The "Frozen Four" was played on March 17 and 19, 2017 at Family Arena with Lindenwood University serving as the host. An agreement with the Big Ten Network resulted in the championship game being televised live for the first time since 2010. The tournament was won by [[{{{school}}}|Clarkson]] with a 3–0 win over Wisconsin, giving the Golden Knights their second title in program history.

Professional sports

Family Arena served as the former home of the St. Louis Swarm basketball team, the Missouri River Otters and St. Charles Chill ice hockey teams, the RiverCity Rage and River City Raiders indoor football teams, and the St. Louis Steamers indoor soccer team.

Events and Tenants
Preceded by
TNA Impact! Zone (2006)
Liacouras Center (2009)
Host of Lockdown
2007, 2010
Succeeded by
Tsongas Arena (2008)
U.S. Bank Arena (2011)
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