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ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - St. Louis is a sports town. The Scottrade Center, a contemporary building of glass and steel in the downtown area, is the home of St. Louis Blues NHL hockey team.
The ultra-modern facility rests on the former site of Kiel Auditorium, built in 1932 as a municipal auditorium for the citizens of St. Louis. Kiel Auditorium was torn down in December 1992 to make way for the $135 million, multipurpose Kiel Center, which was opened in 1994. In 2006, naming rights for the building were sold to Scottrade, a St. Louis-based leading branch-supported online brokerage.
Today, the 665,000 square foot Scottrade Center features five levels equivalent to 12 stories tall, and seats over 21,000 for hockey and over 22,000 for basketball. Premium seating at Scottrade Center includes 91 suites, seven party rooms and 1,726 club seats. Scottrade Center also features a full range of arena programming, including concerts, ice shows, family shows and other sporting events.
Triangle Park, across from the Scottrade Center, features dramatic sculptured steel pieces standing at the top of the tree-lined stairs leading from the MetroLink station.
Saint Louis was established as a trading post on the west banks of the Mississippi River in 1764 by a French fur trapper named Pierre LaClede. Business was good from the beginning. Soon the village became the center of commerce with furs as the main source of exchange for goods.
Today, elements of Old Saint Louis remain as Laclede's Landing a nine - block industrial area that once housed companies producing coffee, leather goods, mattresses, tobacco, whiskey, candy and machinery for the barges. The historic area is located north of the Gateway Arch. At night, horse drawn carriages and live music add to the downtown atmosphere. Nearby, sightseeing excursions and gaming boats offer additional choices for entertainment.
Directions: Scottrade Center, located at 1402 Clark Avenue, is north of I-64 and just four blocks east of Union Station. The sports and entertainment facility is within walking distance of Busch Stadium and the Gateway Arch.
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