Rockford Illinois
Rockford Illinois

Rockford Illinois MetroCenter

300 Elm Street
Rockford, IL 61101

Purchasing Tickets By Phone
(815) 968-5222
Hours (Non-Event Days) Hours (Event Days)
Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday: 9:00am - Thru Event
Saturday: Closed Saturday: 10:00am - Thru Event
Sunday: Closed Sunday: 12:00pm - Thru Event

When ordering tickets by phone please specify whether any ticket holder will require wheelchair seating.

Please note: there will be an additional service charge for phone orders and all sales are final. There are no exchanges or refunds once the order has been placed.

Purchasing Tickets at the MetroCentre Box Office Walk-Up
Corner of S. Main St. and Elm St. in Downtown Rockford

Hours (Non-Event Days) Hours (Event Days)
Monday - Tuesday: Closed Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - Thru Event
Wednesday - Friday: 10:00am - 2:00pm Sunday: 12:00pm - Thru Event
Saturday - Sunday: Closed

When ordering tickets at the Box Office please specify whether any ticket holder will require wheelchair seating.

The 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 basketball 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. WWE holds one event yearly in the MetroCentre. Due to its outdoor appearance it is often referred to as the "Big Orange Box", although Icehogs officials refer to the arena as "the Barnyard".

Certainly the most significant event in MetroCentre history occurred in the inaugural year, when the Rolling Stones made an appearance on their Tattoo You tour. The 10/1/81 concert was added to the tour in response to a radio station petition drive. The actual petitions were cut up and used to hold a lottery for the right to buy tickets. Each person drawn could purchase two of the $15.00 tickets.

The facility hosted the 1984 and 1986 Mid-American Conference men's basketball tournaments as well as numerous IHSA basketball sectional and super-sectional tournaments. In addition to athletic events, it hosts concerts, conventions, and local high school graduations.

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 to be completed in 2008 include 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."

In fiscal years 2008 and 2009 the MetroCenter had operating losses of $581,283 and $1.72 million respectively.