Peoria Civic Center

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Coordinates: 40°41′31″N 89°35′47″W / 40.69194°N 89.59639°W / 40.69194; -89.59639

Peoria Civic Center
Peoria Civic Center.JPG
Address201 SW Jefferson St
Peoria, IL 61602-1423
Coordinates40.6919808, -89.594261
OwnerCity of Peoria
BuiltApril 30, 1979 (1979-04-30)
InauguratedJune 6, 1982 (1982-06-06)
OpenedFebruary 1982 (1982-02)[1]
Renovated1992, 2007
Construction cost
$64.2 million
($222 million in 2018 dollars[2])
$55 million (2007 renovations)
($70.6 million in 2018 dollars[2])
Banquet/ballroom6,500 (Peoria Civic Center Ballroom)
300 (Lexus Club)
9,919 (Carver Arena)
Theatre seating
Enclosed space
 • Exhibit hall floor108,668 square feet (10,095.6 m2)
 • Breakout/meeting17,355 square feet (1,612.3 m2)
 • Ballroom28,667 square feet (2,663.3 m2)
Venue Website

Peoria Civic Center is a convention center located in downtown Peoria, Illinois. It has an arena, theater, exhibit hall and meeting rooms. It was built in 1982 and completed an expansion to its lobby and meeting facilities in 2008. The site of the convention center was built where the former Jefferson Hotel once stood. The hotel was a site along the Underground Railroad.[3]

Carver Arena[edit]

Carver Arena is the home of the Bradley Braves men's basketball team and the Peoria Rivermen Southern Professional Hockey League ice hockey team (and previous incarnations of the Rivermen in the IHL, ECHL and AHL), and was formerly home to the Peoria Pirates arena football team. Prior to playing at Carver Arena, Bradley hosted its games at Robertson Memorial Field House. It hosted the 1988 Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball tournament title game. It seats 9,919 for hockey and indoor football, 11,433 for basketball and up to 12,036 for concerts.[4]

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 places in the adjacent exhibition hall during the tournaments. Concerts, circuses, trade shows (an arena floor 124 feet (38 m) by 238 feet (73 m) for 29,512 square feet (2,741.8 m2) of space), wrestling matches and other events are held here. The arena also contains a 60-by-40-foot portable stage, a production office, eight dressing rooms (four large and four small), eight spotlights, and a 76-foot (23 m) ceiling height. There is also an arena club at Carver Arena, five concession stands, eight restrooms, and two luxury suites. It hosted the first Tournament where the Braves lost to Old Dominion in the finals.


Bradley Braves (NCAA) (1982–present)
Peoria Prancers/Rivermen (IHL) (1982–1996)
Peoria Rivermen (ECHL) (1996–2005)
Peoria Pirates (af2) (1999–2009)
Peoria Rivermen (AHL) (2005–2013)
Peoria Rivermen (SPHL) (2013–present)

Exhibit Halls[edit]

The Civic Center Exhibit halls feature 108,668 square feet (10,095.6 m²) of space and can hold up to 7,265 persons. It can be divided into four smaller halls and is used for banquets, trade shows, and other events. It hosts one of the largest Chess tournaments in the world for the IHSA Illinois State Championship, which has about 1000 competitors a year.


The 2,244-seat theater is used for concerts, Broadway shows, ballet, orchestra concerts, and other events. It contains ten dressing rooms including a star dressing room, four 12-person chorus rooms, two 8-person dressing rooms, two 6-person dressing rooms and a 3-person dressing room, and a 1,250-square-foot (116 m2) rehearsal hall backstage. There are 1,450 seats in the main level, 378 seats in the lower balcony and 348 seats in the upper balcony.


Peoria Symphony Orchestra
Peoria Ballet

Meeting rooms[edit]

There are ten meeting rooms totaling 16,889 square feet (1,569.0 m2) which are divisible into 16 meeting rooms.


The ballroom has flexible air walls that can divide the room into 9 different configurations and can hold up to 6500 people.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Phelps, Tori (October 2002). "Peoria's Civic Center 20 Years". Arts Alive!. Central Illinois Business Publishers, Inc. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  3. ^ Thompson, Katie (January–February 2008). "The Long Road to Freedom". Peoria Magazines. Central Illinois Business Publishers, Inc. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  4. ^ "Arena". Peoria Civic Center. Retrieved August 12, 2013.

External links[edit]

Peoria Rivermen Hockey Team - [1]