1110 Highlands Plaza Drive, St. Louis, MO, 63110 / Cake artist: Sandra Schuchardt / Cake sponsored by Mid America Transplant Foundation
One of a few cake locations located in now-defunct places, the St. Louis Arena was one that thrived for several years until its demise in the 1990s. Built in 1929, it would be one of St. Louis’ main sports and entertainment venues for nearly seven decades. The place at one time was called the ‘Checkerdome’ from 1977 to 1983 while it was owned by Ralston Purina. To locals it was known as ‘The Barn’. The Arena had several tenants, most notably the Blues hockey team from 1967 to 1994. Two of St. Louis’ NBA teams, the Hawks and the Bombers played here as well. It was also well known for political rallies, circuses, shows (such as Sesame Street Live), soccer games and concerts, among other things. Several musical acts played here, including Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra, Rush, Ozzy Osbourne and Van Halen. The last concert was performed by Christian music artist Carman in 1994. The Arena was demolished on 2/27/1999.
Today, the land where the Arena was stood is now occupied for business and residential development.
Cake placement date: February 27
Where is the cake now?: The cake was sold in the biddingforgood auction for $639 on 1/1/2015. In 2017, it was placed at a new restaurant called Circa STL (1090 Old Des Peres Road, Des Peres, MO).
Notes: The cake and the Memorial (which were next to each other in 2014), sat roughly where center ice used to be.