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SIU Arena, Carbondale

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SIU Arena is an 8,339-seat multi-purpose arena, on the campus of Southern Illinois University, in Carbondale, Illinois, United States. Construction on the arena began in the spring of 1962 and took nearly two years to complete. It was completed in 1964 and is the home of the SIU Salukis basketball team.The basketball team played its first game in the new complex on December 1, 1964. The Salukis defeated Oklahoma State, 78-55, in the opener and went on to post a 14-1 record at home that season.Two first-round games of the 1969 NCAA basketball tournament were played at the arena. An NBA regular-season game was also played there in 1969.Peter Gabriel recorded there part of his live album, Plays Live, in December 1983. Widespread Panic released a live album, containing their complete concert performance from 2000. In December 2003, it was also the site of a memorial service for the late U.S. Senator Paul Simon. In March 2010, Drake performed his first live performance of his career; he was booked at the last minute as a surprise to the students, as the event was sold out. This was the beginning of his emerging career.
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  • I have been there multiple times. It is well maintained, the heat and AC are sufficient even with big crowds. The layout is good, but might be an issue for those with mobility issues. I have never tri...  more »
  • It's a great place. It was a sad day for me but it is a great place lots of seats and very friendly staff and people  more »
  • Awesome place! Graduation, basketball games, and probably other events outside of siu happen there! It's very big and seats a lot of people.
  • The arena itself is Big, impressive, and very clean. The people are extremely friendly! We're here for a second time for the Illinois State Science Fair competition. The only negative, is that it's so far away from home.

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