Banterra Center

Banterra Center[2] (formerly SIU Arena) is an 8,339-seat multi-purpose arena, on the campus of Southern Illinois University, in Carbondale, Illinois, United States. Construction on the arena began in the spring of 1962 and took nearly two years to complete. It was completed in 1964 and is the home of the SIU Salukis basketball team.

Banterra Center
Banterra Center Logo.png
Former namesSIU Arena
LocationArena Drive
Carbondale, Illinois, U.S.
Coordinates37°42′30″N 89°13′7″W / 37.70833°N 89.21861°W / 37.70833; -89.21861Coordinates: 37°42′30″N 89°13′7″W / 37.70833°N 89.21861°W / 37.70833; -89.21861
OwnerSouthern Illinois University
OperatorSouthern Illinois University
Broke groundMarch 1962
OpenedDecember 1, 1964
Construction cost$4.3 million
($35.4 million in 2019 dollars[1])
ArchitectPerkins & Will
360 Architecture (renovation)
Southern Illinois Salukis (NCAA) (1964–present)
Banterra Center (then SIU Arena) prior to an IHSA SuperSectional game


The basketball team played its first game in the new complex on December 1, 1964. The Salukis defeated Oklahoma State, 78–55, in the opener and went on to post a 14–1 record at home that season.[3]

Two first-round games of the 1969 NCAA basketball tournament were played at the arena.[4] An NBA regular-season game was also played there in 1969.[5]

Peter Gabriel recorded part of his live album, Plays Live, at the SIU Arena in December 1983. Widespread Panic released a live album, containing their complete concert performance from 2000. In December 2003, it was also the site of a memorial service for the late U.S. Senator Paul Simon. In March 2010, Drake performed his first live performance of his career; he was booked at the last minute as a surprise to the students, as the event was sold out. This was the beginning of his emerging career.[6]

Johnny Cash played "The Johnny Cash Show" at the arena in October 1971 with June Carter Cash, The Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins and the Tennessee Three. Tickets at the time were $3 to $5.

In October 1976, Elvis Presley played to a sold-out crowd at the arena.

Naming rightsEdit

On May 16, 2019, the university and Banterra Bank, a regional financial institution, announced agreement on a ten-year naming rights deal for the facility, the first in its 55-year history.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  2. ^ "Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Banterra Bank announce arena naming-rights agreement". Southern Illinois University Athletics. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
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