Renaissance Coliseum

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Renaissance Coliseum
Former names Bradley University Arena, Bradley Athletics Performance Center
Location Peoria, Illinois
Coordinates 40°41′57″N 89°37′4″W / 40.69917°N 89.61778°W / 40.69917; -89.61778Coordinates: 40°41′57″N 89°37′4″W / 40.69917°N 89.61778°W / 40.69917; -89.61778
Owner Bradley University
Operator Bradley University
Capacity 4,200
Construction
Opened August 27, 2010 (2010-08-27)
Construction cost USD $ 50 Million (estimated)
Architect PSA/Dewberry
Tenants
Bradley Braves:
Basketball
Women's Volleyball

Renaissance Coliseum is a brand new multi-purpose athletic facility at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Renaissance Coliseum was originally intended to be complete in 2009, but construction delays pushed back the opening to the 2010–11 academic year. The official dedication took place on October 15, 2010. Renaissance Coliseum houses athletic offices, practice, training/conditioning facilities, the athletics hall of fame and other features. Adjacent to the arena is a state-of-the-art men’s basketball practice facility.[1][unreliable source] In addition to hosting Bradley Athletics events, the facility will welcome concerts, speakers, commencement, IHSA competitions, and other events local to Central Illinois.

After the demolition of Robertson Memorial Field House, the 4,200-seat arena was needed to host sports that don't require the larger Carver Arena. Because of the delays, the Bradley teams moved to Lorene Ramsey Gymnasium at nearby Illinois Central College for the 2009–2010 season.

Concerts the arena has hosted over the years include: Weezer, Jason Derulo, Mike Posner, Taking Back Sunday, Girl Talk, The Band Perry, Plain White T's, and The Frey.

In 2012, the Bradley University Men's Basketball team played its first regular season home game on campus since 1982. The team has continued to schedule at least one regular season home game at the arena since then. Bradley played two home games of the CIT postseason tournament at the Coliseum, defeating both the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and Tulane.

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