SIU Arena

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SIU Arena
Location Arena Drive
Carbondale, Illinois, U.S.
Coordinates 37°42′30″N 89°13′7″W / 37.70833°N 89.21861°W / 37.70833; -89.21861Coordinates: 37°42′30″N 89°13′7″W / 37.70833°N 89.21861°W / 37.70833; -89.21861
Owner Southern Illinois University
Operator Southern Illinois University
Capacity 8,339
Surface Hardwood
Broke ground March, 1962
Opened December 1, 1964
Renovated 2010
Construction cost $4.3 million
($32.8 million in 2015 dollars[1])
Architect Perkins & Will
360 Architecture (renovation)
Southern Illinois Salukis

The SIU Arena is an 8,339-seat multi-purpose arena, on the campus of Southern Illinois University, in Carbondale, Illinois, United States. Construction on the arena began in the spring of 1962 and took nearly two years to complete. It was completed in 1964 and is the home of the SIU Salukis basketball team.

The basketball team played its first game in the new complex on December 1, 1964. The Salukis pummeled Oklahoma State, 78-55, in the opener and went on to post a 14-1 record at home that season.[2]

Two first-round games of the 1969 NCAA basketball tournament were played at the arena.[3] An NBA regular-season game was also played there in 1969.[4]

Peter Gabriel recorded there part of his live album, Plays Live, in December 1983. Widespread Panic released a live album, containing their complete concert performance from 2000. In December 2003, it was also the site of a memorial service for the late U.S. Senator Paul Simon. In March, 2010 Drake performed his first live performance of his career; he was booked at the last minute as a surprise to the students, as the event was sold out. This was the beginning of his emerging career.[5]