The City of Peoria offers you big city amenities and entertainment with the feeling of a small town setting. The city is located in the heart of Illinois, about halfway between the major urban metro conglomerates of Chicago and St. Louis.
Peoria is beautifully nestled on the banks of the Illinois River and boasts a vibrant riverfront area where many festivals and concerts take place. This is also the spot for some fine dining, grab a bite when you feel like, or stroll some of the breathtaking trails Peoria has to offer.
Peoria has so many amenities to offer. From the best in outdoor recreation to several great golf courses, from bringing your entire family for a great day at the Peoria Zoo to watching elk and buffalo that can freely roam the city’s Wildlife Prairie Park, be sure to have a great experience that certainly won’t disappoint you.
For the 23rd year, Peoria hosts IHSA March Madness!
The March Madness Experience is a family-centered extravaganza of basketball, interactive games, good times, historical exhibits, and- most importantly- a lot of fun!
The city of Peoria has hosted the event since 1996 so this year will be the 23rd time that the city can proudly accommodate the event and the tens of thousands that will enjoy this fantastic sports-related manifestation.
March Madness has for all those years been an integral part of the Peoria Boys State Finals. The event is located just across the Carver Arena where the tournament takes place.
The March Madness Experience is filling up the huge Exhibition Hall of the Peoria Civic Center and it is freely accessible to game ticket holders and everyone else pays just $2 to enjoy the event. Once you’re inside, there is no charge whatsoever to enjoy any of the great attractions. So when you visit the Illinois Boys State Finals, there’s nothing that should hold you from enjoying the March Madness Experience as well in Peoria.
The Peoria Civic Center is also home to Bradley University’s Men’s Basketball team that plays its home games at the Carver Arena, the centerpiece of the Civic Center. Check out this 2016 video of Bradley’s Braves:
In 1902, Bradley University, a mid-sized, top-ranked, private university, introduced basketball. Initially, the Bradley team played its home games in downtown Peoria, at the YMCA sports center. Through the years, the Bradley Braves Basketball Team moved twice moved to play their home games. First to the Hewitt Gymnasium at the school’s hilltop campus where they played from 1909 to 1924, and from 1949 to 1982 the Braves played their home games at the Robertson Memorial Fieldhouse. Eventually, they came back to downtown Peoria in 1982 to the Carver Arena at the Peoria Civic Center.
The Peoria Rivermen Hockey team is based in Peoria and the team has played in the Southern Professional Hockey League (Minor Professional hockey) since 2013. The Rivermen’s home base is the Carver Arena in the Peoria Civic Center.
This is actually the third franchise that uses the name “Peoria Rivermen” as they started off in October 2005. it is, in fact, the oldest hockey franchise extant in the minor league previously playing under the names the Springfield Indians and the Worcester IceCatsand.
Overall. the franchise is the fourth oldest in the National Hockey League behind the Canadian teams Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs, and the US Boston Bruins.
The Peoria Rivermen is among North America’s longest-running hockey teams and they have been continuously operational since the season of 1982-83 when they played in the International Hockey League as the Peoria Prancers.
The Peoria Civic Center, with its centerpiece the Carver Arena, is the city’s top-notch sporting venue that is home to Peoria’s best sports teams, the Peoria Rivermen Hockey Team, Bradley Braves Basketball Team in Carver Arena, and the Civic Center is also host to March Madness, the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Boys’ Basketball tournament that’s organized here for the 23rd time.
Peoria’s sports teams never fail to demonstrate athleticism and enthusiasm to their great and loyal fans, so when the residents of the greater Peoria region feel like enjoying a hockey match or basketball game, they will come to the city’s Civic Center. There is no sporting venue in the city that can match the Peoria Civic Center.
The Civic Center was one of the main efforts when the city’s downtown area was redeveloped. The venue is not only an important sporting venue for the city’s residents, it plays a vital role as well for the entire Central Illinois region as it offers world-class sports events in a top-notch facility.
Soccer is really gaining ground as a legitimately popular sport in the US, thanks in large part to the success of the MLS and bolstered recently by the fine performance of the United States team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup that was held in South Africa.
In order to help further the soccer cause in America and groom a new generation of US soccer players to compete in future worldwide competitions, the number of soccer scholarships in America is increasing.
Any sports scholarship requires that a student complete a full course of study while still representing the school in their chosen sport and soccer scholarships in America are no different.
Who Offers Soccer Scholarships in America?
Dozens of colleges across the country offer soccer scholarships and/or financial assistance for soccer players attending the school in return for their participation in the school’s soccer team. Like any other major college sport though, different colleges compete at different levels. Here are the major levels of soccer played at American colleges and universities across the country: