PEORIA, ILLINOIS Play Here, Stay Here FOR 20 YEARS, the Illinois High School Association Boys Basketball State Tournament has been hosted in Peoria, Illinois, and has just announced its intentions for five more years. The city hosts the event like a well-oiled machine on the inside with a welcoming smile on the outside. Street signs with incoming school names line the streets (and are mailed to schools afterwards as a keepsake), welcome signs hang in local businesses and 110 square feet of convention halls are filled with experiences for spectators to enjoy. Not only that, but the entire event is staffed with thousands of volunteers ready to welcome all visitors for the two weekends the tournament is in town. In addition to the tournament, Peoria also is host to the “Access the March Madness Experience.” Students with disabilities, group home residents and members of special recreation associations from around the state enjoy a special day at the March Madness Experience tailored to fit their needs. Other sports complexes in the area include Eastside Center, Mossville Soccer Complex, Avanti’s Dome, Detweiller Park and the soon to open Louisville Slugger Complex. With all the available amenities – soccer soccer fields, baseball/softball fields, volleyball courts and plenty of space – Peoria is the perfect place to play. “Will your event ‘Play in Peoria’? Peoria has everything your group needs. The community’s ‘can-do’ spirit, first-class hotels, a recently renovated downtown, multi-purpose arena, a new riverfront museum and Caterpillar Visitors Center and various dining options all within walking distance of one another all make Peoria a winning choice for any group. Choosing Peoria to play host to a number of our high school state finals events is one of the best decisions we’ve ever made! So will your event ‘Play in Peoria’? It always has and it always will!” — Kurt Gibson, assistant executive director, Illinois High School Association STATS • Event location connected to over 400 hotel rooms, housing event staff and participants • Over 3,300 rooms within a 10-minute drive of Peoria Civic Center • The March Madness Experience, offering games and activities for all ages, utilizes the entire 110,000-square-foot exhibit hall • Peoria Civic Center Arena seats over 11,000 • Over 100 restaurants in the area, 20 downtown • Unique downtown attractions including Caterpillar Visitors Center and Peoria Riverfront Museum
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