IHSA Basketball Finals Staying in Peoria, Normal


 PEORIA -- The IHSA Board of Directors has voted unanimously to keep the boys basketball state finals at Carver Arena in Peoria, and the girls basketball state finals at Redbird Arena in Normal, through 2020. 

 "We have built strong traditions in Normal and Peoria," said Wauconda High School Principal and IHSA Board President Dan Klett. "There is incredible support from the venues, communities, and volunteers for both of these tournaments. We were grateful to have excellent alternatives, but it was clear to our Board that remaining at Redbird Arena and Carver Arena were the best options for the IHSA and its members schools."

The IHSA received Boys Basketball hosting proposals from the University of Illinois to host at the State Farm Center, and for the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Bradley University's Renaissance Coliseum was the only other proposal for the Girls Basketball State Finals.

"We are appreciative of the impressive proposals we received," said Klett. "We had thoughtful dialogue reviewing each site proposal."

Redbird Arena has hosted the girls finals since 1992. Peoria has been home to the boys finals since 1996.

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