Chicago Stadium earned the nickname “Madhouse on Madison” for the raucous crowds that packed the seats for Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks games. The nickname is now bestowed on the United Center, and for good reason.

“It’s something that I’ll never take for granted, because not a lot of arenas in the NBA, you know, have that kind of mystique, being able to play in front of die hard fans,” Bulls’ center Joakim Noah said.

The United Center, and the crowd, have become the Bulls biggest advantage this season, outside of Derrick Rose of course. The Bulls are 27-4 at home, good for the second best home record in the NBA, only behind the San Antonio Spurs (29-3). In contrast the Bulls are just 17-14 on the road, an aspect of their game they’ll have to improve if they want to make a deep run in the NBA playoffs.

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