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Hockey Capacity: 19,260

Address: 1401 Clark Avenue St. Louis, MO 63103

Opened: 1994

Tenants:St. Louis Blues (NHL) 1994-Present

St. Louis Ambush (NPSL)

St. Louis Stampede (AFL)

St. Louis Vipers (RHI)

St. Louis University Billikens (NCAA)

The Kiel Center

The ultra-modern Kiel Center rests on the former site of Kiel Auditorium, built in 1932 as a municipal auditorium for the citizens of St. Louis. Designed by St. Louis architects Louis LaBeaume and Eugene S. Klein, Kiel Auditorium encompassed the adjacent Kiel Opera House and served St. Louis for six decades as a center for conventions, public meetings, expositions, sports events and musical performances.

According to a 1934 mayoral proclamation, Kiel Auditorium was "designed to enrich the peoples' lives and increase their enjoyment and ... add to the attractiveness and

Outside shot of the Kiel Center.
popularity of our City as it will bring to us great conventions and cultural activities." Originally known as the Municipal Auditorium, Kiel Auditorium was officially named in honor of former St. Louis mayor Henry W. Kiel on March 26, 1943. Kiel, a strong supporter of the arts, had encouraged the idea of a municipal auditorium and helped that concept become a reality.

In 1992, St. Louis city officials recognized the size inadequacy of the 9,000-seat Auditorium as well as the need for a new, state-of-the-art arena. Kiel Auditorium was torn down in December 1992 to make way for the multi-purpose Kiel Center, while Kiel Opera House remained for renovation as a smaller venue for more intimate events. Like the old Kiel Auditorium, Kiel Center adjoins the Opera House to offer a unique complex capable of hosting diverse events simultaneously.

Kiel Center Seating Chart

1997-98 Schedule | 1997-98 Roster | Kiel Center
Blues Extra | From the Blueline