Bradley Braves Basketball
The Peoria Civic Center is proud to have the Bradley University Men’s Basketball team call Carver Arena Home!
History of the Braves at the Peoria Civic Center in Carver Arena
When basketball was introduced to Bradley University during the 1902-03 season, the team played its home games at the YMCA in downtown Peoria. The Braves have twice moved their home games to their hilltop campus -- Hewitt Gymnasium from 1909-24 and Robertson Memorial Fieldhouse from 1949-82 -- but returned to their
roots by moving into the Peoria Civic Center’s Carver Arena in downtown Peoria in 1982.
The Peoria Civic Center has been the crown jewel of Peoria’s redeveloped downtown effort and has offered the citizens of Central Illinois high-class entertainment in a first-class facility. Offering 11,060 seats for basketball, Carver Arena is the centerpiece of the Peoria Civic Center complex, which just benefitted from a $50 million expansion and renovation.
In the 25 seasons since Bradley has called Carver Arena home, the Braves boast a 271-85 (.761) record on their home floor while routinely ranking among the nation’s top 50 in average home attendance. Bradley has attracted more than 9,000 fans per game for a Missouri Valley Conference best 13 consecutive seasons and the Braves drew an arena-record 165,376 fans to their 17 home games in 2006-07, including a single-game record 11,444 fans for the 88-67 rout of rival Illinois State Jan. 24, 2007.
Bradley Braves Seating Chart
(PHOTO OF BU MICHIGAN GAME)