By TODD WESSELL
Journal & Topics Editor
Now that Rosemont and Allstate Corp. have inked a new deal to continue the insurance company’s hold on the naming rights of the village’s 18,500-seat stadium, officials will now focus on securing naming rights for its athletic dome.
Last week, Rosemont Village Board members ap-proved a 10-year, $15 million agreement with Allstate that allows the stadium to continue to be named Allstate Arena. In addition, the deal will permit Allstate to put its “Good Hands” logo on the roof of the stadium that it has sponsored since 1999. Flights into nearby O’Hare Airport pass over the roof of the arena, which can be easily viewed by passengers.
In the meantime, the village is pursuing finding a company interested in purchasing naming rights to its sports dome that opened nearly two years ago next to its outdoor softball diamond on the west side of the Tri-State Tollway across from MB Financial Park at Rosemont. Officials have also expressed interest in selling the naming rights to the softball stadium.
In early 2012, Rosemont sold the naming rights to its Rosemont Theatre to AkooTV, a closed circuit network that offers videos in shopping centers. That agreement, however, soon fell through and the theater is back to being named Rosemont Theatre.
Plans for the stadium property include the eventual replacement of its large digital sign along the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90)
The arena opened in 1980 as the Rosemont Horizon. Before that, the property along Mannheim Road south of Touhy Avenue was a residential neighborhood.
Scores of big name concerts have been hosted inside the stadium, including a series of 10 upcoming Garth Brooks events. The Chicago Wolves AHL hockey team and Chicago Sky women’s professional basketball team compete inside the venue.
The Allstate Arena was the fourth most attended stadium in the U.S. for the first six months of 2014, as ranked by concert industry tracker Poll-star and the 24th worldwide with 213,587 tickets sold.