Prairie Capital Convention Center

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Prairie Capital Convention Center
Location 1 Convention Center Plaza, Springfield, Illinois, United States
Coordinates 39°48′3.24″N 89°38′39.84″W / 39.8009000°N 89.6444000°W / 39.8009000; -89.6444000
Opened October, 1979
Renovated 2011-2013

The Prairie Capital Convention Center (PCCC, PC3, or The Center) is a 7,700-seat multi-purpose arena in Springfield, Illinois.[1]

The Center is a multi-purpose facility that is adaptable to suit a variety of events, including large events like concerts, tradeshows, circuses, wrestling, basketball tournaments, and local high school and college graduation ceremonies, as well as smaller events like professional training seminars or meetings, weddings and receptions.

The Center contains 44,000 square feet of column-free space on the Main Hall and 21,000 square feet of meeting room space in the Lower Level.

The Center underwent a very exciting, massive renovation between 2011-2014 to modernize it's facilities and expand the types of events it can accommodate. This transformation included extensive expansion of the lobby by 6,000 square feet, the addition of the outdoor BOS Plaza, additional concessions areas, an upper level patio terrace, and two upper level terrace areas. They have added new main floor restrooms and upgraded existing facilities, as well. [2]

It was built in 1978 and is governed by the Springfield Metropolitan Exposition and Auditorium Authority (SMEAA).

The arena hosts local concerts and sporting events for the area, and is the former home of the Illinois Express of the World Basketball League and the Springfield Stallions indoor football team.

In November of 2015, the arena will host Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball for five games while renovations to the State Farm Center are completed.[3]