Peoria Civic Center
Peoria Civic Center is a convention center in downtown Peoria, Illinois. It has an arena, theater, exhibit hall and meeting rooms. It opened in 1982 and completed an expansion to its lobby and meeting facilities in 2007.
|Peoria Civic Center|
|Address||201 SW Jefferson St.|
Peoria, IL 61602-1423
|Owner||City of Peoria|
|Built||April 30, 1979citation needed] – 1982[|
|Inaugurated||June 6, 1982citation needed][|
($226 million in 2019 dollars)
$55 million (2007 renovations)
($72 million in 2019 dollars)
|Banquet/ballroom||6,500 (Peoria Civic Center Ballroom)|
300 (Lexus Club)
|• Exhibit hall floor||108,668 square feet (10,095.6 m2)|
|• Breakout/meeting||17,355 square feet (1,612.3 m2)|
|• Ballroom||28,667 square feet (2,663.3 m2)|
The site of the Civic Center includes the spot at Liberty Street and Jefferson Street where Moses and Lucy Pettengill lived from 1836 to 1862; that house was part of the Underground Railroad and Moses was also an Underground Railroad "conductor". In 1862 the Pettingills moved out of downtown and to Moss Avenue, where the present Pettengill–Morron House was built in 1868. The downtown home was demolished in 1910 to make way for the Jefferson Hotel. The hotel, in turn, was imploded in 1978 to make way for the Civic Center.
The first event at the Civic Center was a home and garden show in the Exhibit Hall in February 1982.
|Capacity||9,919 (Ice hockey and indoor football)|
|Bradley Braves (NCAA) (1982–present)|
Peoria Prancers/Rivermen (IHL) (1982–1996)
Peoria Rivermen (ECHL) (1996–2005)
Peoria Pirates (IFL/AF2) (1999–2004, 2008–2009)
Peoria Rough Riders (UIF) (2005–2006)
Peoria Rivermen (AHL) (2005–2013)
Peoria Rivermen (SPHL) (2013–present)
Carver Arena also plays host to the Illinois High School Association boys' basketball state finals for two weeks every March. The interactive March Madness Experience takes place in the adjacent exhibition hall during the tournaments.
- Peoria Symphony Orchestra
- Peoria Ballet
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- Carver Arena at BradleyBraves.com — short history of Bradley University basketball at Carver Arena