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Peoria Civic Center

Peoria, Ill. (WEEK) -- The Peoria Civic Center said they can make it if they're able to bring live events back at some point this year.

The Peoria Civic Center's Spring line up is usually creating a stir in downtown Peoria.

In 2021, it's silent as the home show has gone virtual and the farm show has been postponed to Nov. 30th through Dec. 2nd.

"Well, I think we had prepared for our consumer shows to not be able to take place for that year of COVID. So while we have great relationships with the farm show Home Show auto dealers and many other events like that. We had prepared for this, not to happen," said Rik Edgar, the General Manager of the event center.

Various events are being scheduled for later in the latter part of the year.

Tickets won't go on sale until they see even fewer restrictions for our region.

"One of the great things is the shows that we had on sale before the pandemic. Some of those shows have been pushed back almost two years and over 65% of our fans are holding their tickets, so there's definitely a demand, and we just can't wait to meet that demand when that happens," said Edgar.

For those wondering about the handful of games the Bradley Braves have left in this season, no, you won't be able to watch in person.

Edgar said the amount of players and support staff alone take all 50 spots alloted.

"I think in general rule of thumb in the entertainment industry and sporting. If we can't do full capacity events, the math typically doesn't work. So we really are waiting to we can open up back full," said Edgar.

Concession stands will remain closed.

So, any event needing food would have to go through the Civic Center's catering team.

Edgar said he's hopeful for more opportunities later on in 2021.

Alex Menke

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