IHSA March Madness in Peoria

IHSA March Madness in Peoria

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 that resembles the one in Brooklyn 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 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) provides leadership for the promotion, supervision, and development of good sportsmanship in the state’s interscholastic competitions and all other activities that its member schools are engaging. When schools participate in interscholastic activities the IHSA promotes, qualifying students will have the chance to experience educational settings that will provide valuable enrichment to their educational experiences.

The IHSA was established in December 1900 as a private, non-profit organization that has over 800 Illinois member high schools. The organization’s headquarters are located in Bloomington, Illinois, and is totally self-supporting and is not administered or funded by any Illinois tax dollars.

Click here if you want to learn more about the Peoria Rivermen Hockey team that also calls the Peoria Civic Center home.

March Madness Express Shuttle

Peoria’s CityLink will be operating continuous bus shuttles between the Peoria Civic Center and participating hotels the IHSA Boys Basketball State Finals that take place on Friday, March 10 & Saturday, March 11 (for Class 1A & 2A games) and on Friday, March 17 & Saturday, March 18 (for Class 3A & 4A games). Bus shuttles will be available every 20 to 30 minutes from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. on all of these weekend days.

The best option is to buy a Day Pass for the March Madness Express CityLink Shuttle. This way, you’ll have unlimited rides for one day on all CityLink buses for just $3.00 per day. so you will need to purchase a new Day Pass for each day.

You can buy these Day Passes on all CityLink buses, at the Peoria Downtown Transit Center (407 SW Adams St), and at CityLink’s Administration Building (2105 NE Jefferson St).  You also have the option to pay the $1.00 cash fare per ride ($0.50 for seniors 65 and up). Small children ride at no charge provided they’re accompanied by at least one adult.

Most hotels in the area are participating in the shuttle service, but not all hotel locations in the East Peoria and Northwoods Mall area are shuttle bus stops, but there are stops near all participating hotels. Please call Peoria CityLink Customer Service (309-676-4040) if you have any further questions on Peoria’s March Madness Express Bus Shuttle Service.

Read more about the Bradley Braves Men’s Basketball Team here.
They also play their home games at the Peoria Carver Arena.


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