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“Not the best stadium” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Peoria Civic Center

Peoria Civic Center
201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL 61602
+1 309-680-3500
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Ranked #5 of 17 attractions in Peoria
Type: Convention Centers
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Owner description: The Peoria Civic Center is an SMG-managed facility in Peoria, IL. We are home to Bradley Braves Men's Basketball, concerts, comedians, conventions, Broadway productions, family shows and more! The Peoria Civic Center is an SMG managed facility in Peoria, IL. The PCC houses an Arena, Theater, Ballroom, Exhibit Hall, Ballroom and flexible meeting space and is home to Bradley University Braves men's basketball, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and Peoria Ballet. The PCC is your place to be for live entertainment! The PCC hosts concerts, Broadway shows, comedians, family shows, sporting events, conventions, trade shows, meetings, banquets, private parties and more!
Bolingbrook, Illinois
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“Not the best stadium”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2011

Went to civic ctr/stadium to watch 2 hockey games; stayed at hotel across the street, so parking not an issue for us, but alot of locals also used the hotel parking lot, so must parking must be limited or expensive. The center looks nice from outside but kind of old and dated on inside, glass ceiling in the atrium were leaking on first nite and there were buckets everywhere. Got seats in the first row balcony/upper level, which are usually good seats for us at other stadiums but not here, seats are away from the edge and the wall/rails are high so its really hard to see the action on your side of the rink; next time will book seats on the lower level. Food/drinks not cheap, but okay selection. Felt safe and comfortable, nice people. Did not see the theatre portion of the ctr, but they seem to offer good selection of acts.

Visited November 2011
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NW suburb Chicago Illinois
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“Easy to find, adjacent paid parking lot is small, not enough handicapped spaces.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

Great venue that holds an concert arena AND adjacent theatre! we were able to see a concert one night and "Wicked" production on tour in the same weekend and it was just minutes from the Embassy Suites hotel right across the river.

In my opinion the PCC paid parking lot was very small and fortunately the city of Peoria has great street parking surrounding the Civic Center including abundant accessible spaces. On a drizzly day though I felt the Civic Center didn't offer enough handicapped spaces in it's lot (approx 10 spaces?). We arrived 40 minutes before show and slid into one of the last available spaces and from there it was quite a walk to the other side of the building to the theatre entrance. Maybe we missed something (like another parking lot?) but it sure seemed like it was a far walk for persons with disabilities.

I found the theatre accessible seating was horrible! Our wheelchair didn't fit in the space if facing forward (which is how most people like to view a show). Many wheelchairs require 1 1/2 times the depth of an able person sitting in a seat due to the seating, leg rests and push handles found on a wheelchair. At the production "Wicked" there were multiple wheelchairs occupying the aisle which actually impaired the foot traffic of patrons when leaving the show.

People surrounding us were very kind in assisting us in getting in and out of the theater, but that doesn't make up for the lack of space planning on the Civic Centers part. It would be disastrous if there was an emergency and people were trying to exit in a hurry with wheelchairs obstructing the aisle.

The Civic Center staff tried their best with what they had to get all the wheelchairs accommodated but there really didn't seem to be rules or guidelines in which they were bound to in getting patrons settled.

It was distressing to find that our seats weren't right next to our special needs family member either. Be certain when ordering tickets with the Peoria Civic Center that if your seats are right next to the wheelchair if your patron requires one on one assistance. I made the request and still ended up with seats that were two seats away from the wheelchair seat reservation.

Overall, I was very disappointed in Peoria Civic Center for special needs attendance.

Visited October 2011
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Danville, IL
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“Wicked”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

They did a beautiful job on the remodel and Wicked was wonderful to see there. I wish they had a food court as there is so little in downtown Peoria especially on the weekend

Visited October 2011
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Peoria, Illinois
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“World Fest and Black Expo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

World Fest is a very fun, family-friendly event! It features cultures from Europe, Central America, South America, and Asia. My younger kids enjoy the passport activity where they go to each countries' booth to learn about them and get a stamp for their own take-home passport. They even get a prize when they fill their passport.
The food is a big highlight. Samples for only $1-$2 and very good food like Vegetable Samosa from Pasand Indian Restaurant, Gyros from Haddad's Downtown Restaurant and Jarritos, Mexican Sodas from Los Jimadores.
The entertainment was varied with Flynn's Irish Dancers, German Alpine Horns, a Chinese Dragon and so many groups that entertainment lasted the entire 6 hours of this event.
Black Expo is a fun, family-friendly celebration of culture also. There were DJs, youth hair cutting demonstrations, booths for information on community services like Methodist Medical, Bradley University, and beautiful art work available for sale.
The kids enjoyed inflatables for a small price and parents were given free samples and information at the booths

Visited September 2011
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