The United Center Credit: United Center/ Facebook

NEAR WEST SIDE — The United Center is converting the arena and its parking lots into a logistics hub for first responders and to help distribute medical supplies on the Near West Side.

City, state and federal officials responding to the coronavirus pandemic will stage their operations at the home of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks, 1901 W. Madison St., according to a press release.

The United Center property will be used for first responder staging, collection of medical supplies and food distribution.

The United Center will begin to be used for relief efforts early next week, said Guy Chipparoni a spokesman for the United Center. Details on the logistics are forthcoming, he said. 

“On behalf of the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, our athletes, our front offices and our dedicated United Center personnel, our thoughts and support are with the people of this great city and state. Together, we will get through this,” a spokesperson said in a press release.

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