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Carver Arena
Peoria Civic Center
Location 201 SW Jefferson St
Peoria, IL 61602-1423
Coordinates 40°41′33″N 89°35′39″W / 40.6925°N 89.59417°W / 40.6925; -89.59417Coordinates: 40°41′33″N 89°35′39″W / 40.6925°N 89.59417°W / 40.6925; -89.59417
Opened 1982
Architect Philip Johnson
Capacity Ice hockey:9,542
Bradley Braves (NCAA Division I) (Men's Basketball)
Peoria Rivermen (AHL) (2005-present)
Peoria Pirates (af2) (2008-2009)

Peoria Civic Center is a convention center located next to Peoria City Hall in downtown Peoria, Illinois. USA. It has an arena, a theater, an exhibit hall, and meeting rooms. It was built in 1982 and completed an expansion to expand its lobby and meeting facilities in 2008.


Carver Arena

Carver Arena is the home of the Bradley University Braves men's basketball team and the Peoria Rivermen American Hockey League ice hockey team, 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 9,542 for hockey and indoor football, 11,442 for basketball and up to 12,145 for concerts.

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 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, eight concession stands, eight restrooms, and two luxury suites. It hosted the first Tournament where the Braves lost to Old Dominoin in the finals.

Exhibit hall

The Civic Center features 63,668 square feet of space (157 ft 8 in by 403' 8") and can hold up to 7,265 persons. It can be divided into three smaller halls and is used for banquets, trade shows, and other events.


The 2,244-seat theater is the home of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Peoria Ballet, and Peoria Opera. It is also used for concerts, Broadway shows, 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.

Meeting rooms

There are ten meeting rooms totaling 16,889 square feet and divisible into sixteen meeting rooms.

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