SportsEvents Magazine

DEC 2015

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Page 74 of 171 December 2015 75 Sponsored Content CVBs & Sports Commissions ocated in the heart of Illinois, Peoria carries a rich tradition of sports, with a number of state-of- the-art, multi-purpose facilities. These venues bring in a number of sporting events—from local to national—making Peoria one of the top sports destinations in the state. The city's new prized jewel is the Louis- ville Slugger Sports Complex. Sponsored by Louisville Slugger, the multi-sport facility brings in major tournaments from across the country. The complex features 13 synthetic turf fields for baseball, softball and soccer, as well as a 125,000-square- foot dome for indoor sports. Teams and fans get to experience the feeling of a professional sporting event with Major League-styled dugouts, elevated press boxes and electronic scoreboards on all fields. Located in the city's downtown, the Peoria Civic Center is the largest exhibition facility in Central Illinois. The 11,330-seat Carver Arena is home to Bradley basket- ball, as well as the Peoria Rivermen, Peo- ria's professional hockey team. For the past 20 years, the Peoria Civic Center has been the center of the Illinois High School Association Boys Basketball State Finals, the original "March Madness" and consid- ered to be one of the highest-quality high school basketball tournaments in the nation. Along with the arena, the Peoria Civic Cen- ter has 110,000 square feet in the exhibit hall space and multiple meeting rooms. A state-of-the-art, climate-controlled skywalk attaches the Peoria Civic Center to two of downtown's largest hotels, making it easily accessible at any time of the year. Peoria offers a number of sporting opportunities for all ages. It is not just a spot on the map; it is a destination. Its endless number of attractions turns it in to a weekend getaway. Catch a game at Dozer Park, home of the St. Louis Cardi- nals Single-A affiliate Peoria Chiefs. In the winter, watch the Peoria Rivermen at the Peoria Civic Center. The city has a number of unique attractions to explore outside of sports, including the Peoria Riverfront Museum and Caterpillar Visitor's Center in downtown Peoria. n L Peoria – Not A Spot, A Destination Visit us online or give us a call about these or other sports venues in Peoria. 800-747-0302 Quad Cities Chicago St. Louis Des Moines Madison Milwaukee Nashville Louisville Detroit Kansas City 55 57 70 64 s 80 74 72 s C M o i Indianapolis 90 39 4 Peoria Area We are centrally located! • The largest exhibition facility in Central Illinois • 11,330 seat arena • 2,196 seat theater • 110,000 sq ft of continuous exhibit space • 27,000 sq ft ballroom • 17,000 sq ft of additional break out rooms • On-site catering by SAVOR... • Connected to a 402 room hotel complex by a climate-controlled skywalk! Peoria Civic Center • 10 all-synthetic turf youth baseball and softball fields • 125,000 sq ft dome offering year-round opportunities • Major league walk-out style dugouts, bullpens, lights, electronic scoreboards and public announcement systems • The Championship Field will seat 800 in stadium style seating Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Louisville Slugger Sports Complex Peoria Area CVB Kailey Love Sports Sales Manager (309) 282-3284 "Will your event 'Play in Peoria'? Peoria has everything your group needs. The com- munity's 'can-do' spirit, first-class hotels, a recently renovated downtown, multi-pur- pose 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."

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