Illinois HS basketball state finals making return to Champaign
Champaign will again be the home of the Illinois high school basketball state finals games. The IHSA announced the news on Monday.
The host site of the state finals games will be the State Farm Center, where Illinois’ men’s and women’s basketball teams call home. The tournament will return to Champaign for the 2021 season.
State finals games will be held at the State Farm Center at least through 2023. The last 25 seasons, the IHSA has held state finals contests at the Peoria Civic Center.
“We are thrilled with today’s news that the Illinois high school boys basketball state finals will return home to the campus of the University of Illinois,” said Illinois Athletic Director Josh Whitman . “We are grateful to the IHSA and its leadership for choosing State Farm Center and Champaign-Urbana to host the state finals. We are humbled by their confidence in our community, which I know will come together to provide the players, families, and fans of the state’s best teams a once-in-a-lifetime experience. My thanks to the many people and organizations locally who collaborated on a compelling bid and proposal. We look forward to showcasing the state’s flagship university, celebrating the many virtues of Champaign-Urbana, and maximizing the full spectrum of amenities in State Farm Center to visitors from all across Illinois. The relationship between the IHSA and the University of Illinois extends back more than 100 years, and we are excited to continue this longstanding, positive partnership many years into the future.”
The arena was the host of the IHSA state title games from 1963-95 before moving to Peoria. State Farm Center was last completed renovations in 2016.