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

Prairie Capital Convention Center is a 7,700-seat multi-purpose arena located in Springfield, Illinois.[1]

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

The facility contains 44,000 square feet of column-free space in the main hall and 21,000 square feet of meeting room space in the lower level.

Prairie Capital Convention Center underwent a very exciting, massive renovation between 2011-2014 to modernize its 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 2015, the arena will host Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball for five games while renovations to the State Farm Center are completed.[3]