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WHEN: Saturday, January 23, 2021

WHERE: Peoria Civic Center


  • Exhibit Hall A: Registration Area/Squad Photo Area open to cheerleaders, coaches and public
  • Exhibit Hall B: Warm-up Area open to cheerleaders and coaches only, not open to public
  • Exhibit Hall C: Competition Venue open to cheerleaders, coaches and public

COMPETITION SCHEDULE: Complete Competition Schedule

STATE FINALS RECAP: Go to the IESA web site @ Click on the underlined word CHEER in the box at the top of the home page and choose STATE RESULTS.

PARKING: Vehicles cost $7. Buses cost $14. Peoria Civic Center Parking Map

All school buses should park in the Fulton Street lot. Spectators can also use:

Fulton Street lot located at the intersection of Fulton Street and SW Monroe Street for a fee of $7.00

The Caterpillar and Great Plains Lot on the corner of Kumpf and Gwynn

Marquee lot on the corner of Jefferson and Kumpf is $7.00

Choose any of the parking garages on SW Jefferson - the fee in the parking garages will vary

TICKET PRICES - Ticket sales will begin at 7:30 am and the doors to Exhibit Hall C will open at 8:00 am:

  • Adults and High School Students: $10.00
  • Students K-8: $5.00
  • Senior Citizens (62 and older): $5.00
  • Children Younger Than Kindergarten: Free

WHERE TO STAY OVERNIGHT: Many hotels/motels in the area are working with the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. They have established IESA rates for the weekend and should be your preferred properties. The Pere Marquette hotel is tournament headquarters and is our No. 1 suggestion for lodging. Regardless of where you choose to stay, be sure to tell the person taking your reservation or checking you in that you are attending the IESA State Final Cheerleading event.

DIRECTIONS TO PEORIA CIVIC CENTER: The Peoria Civic Center is located in downtown Peoria. From the south, cross the Illinois River using either the I-74 Murray Baker Bridge or the Bob Michel Bridge. There is an access ramp from I-74 to the Bob Michel Bridge. If you take the I-74 Murray Baker Bridge, take the first exit past the bridge and follow the exit route to SW Jefferson Street. Turn left onto one-way SW Jefferson Street and go to Fulton Street. Turn right on Fulton Street and go to the Fulton Street Parking lot (located at the intersection of Fulton Street and SW Monroe Street). If you take the Bob Michel Bridge, continue going north (straight) and the street becomes William Kumpf Blvd. Go past the Peoria Civic Center on William Kumpf Blvd. to SW Monroe Street. Turn right on SW Monroe Street and the Fulton Street Lot will be on the left at the first intersection. The Peoria Civic Center is bounded by William Kumpf Blvd. (west), SW Monroe Street (North), Fulton Street (east) and SW Jefferson Street (south). SW Jefferson Street is a one-way street.

SEATING: Seating in Exhibit Hall C is general admission and faces the competition floor. During the competition, no one is allowed on the concrete between the stands/chairs and the competition floor. Only cheerleaders competing in the event and their coaches are allowed to be on the concrete between the stands and the competition floor during the award ceremony.

APPROPRIATE DRESS FOR FANS: We suggest you wear clothing in school colors to support your team and to help distinguish your cheering section in the stands. Be prepared for all types of weather. IESA By-laws require that all fans attending an IESA state series contest wear shirts at all times they are on the site of the state final event. Shirts must be worn as designed by the manufacturer. Body paint is prohibited. This means spectators and athletes cannot have body paint concealed under their clothing and then remove clothing to display the body paint. Face painting is acceptable. Hair can be any color.

SIGNS AND BANNERS: Signs and banners are allowed by spectators to support teams competing. Signs and banners that block the judges' view of the competition floor will be directed to be lowered. Glitter on signs is prohibited. Balloons are not allowed in the Peoria Civic Center.

NOISEMAKERS: IESA By-laws do not allow the use of noisemakers at the state final event. Examples of items that are not allowed include, but are not limited to, cow bells, thunder sticks, milk cartons with rocks inside, shakers, whistles, electronic sound making devices, and such. Come to the state final event ready to clap and cheer for your athletes.

OFFICIAL PROGRAMS: Printed programs, with team photographs and rosters and other information about the competing teams will be on sale the day of the state final for $5.00 each. They also may be purchased from the IESA Office following the conclusion of the state final if they are available. The price per program by mail is $7.50, which includes the cost of postage and handling. Programs may be purchased at the IESA table in the middle of Exhibit Hall C directly in front of the judge's stand as spectators enter Exhibit Hall C.

PURCHASE AN AD IN THE OFFICIAL PROGRAM: Parents, fans and/or the school or school booster club may purchase an advertisement in the printed program. The cost varies according to the size of the advertisement. The deadline for ordering an ad is the Wednesday prior to the state competition. Royal Publishing produces the IESA State Final Programs and sells the ads that appear in them. Contact Tanya Hollingsworth or Charity Church at Royal Publishing for details. Please call (800) 397-5834.

PURCHASE TEAM/INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS: Event Pro Photography is the official photographer of the IESA. Each school will report to the picture area prior to competition and have an official team picture taken. A team representative will accompany the team and be given a sample souvenir state championship photo plaque. Parents will order the photo plaque from the team representative designated by the coach. The team representative will be given instructions to pick up the photo plaques before the event is over. A squad can pre-order photos from the school prior to the state final event by calling Event Pro Photography, Monday-Thursday at (309) 689-0299. Event Pro Photography staff will shoot the photos in Exhibit Hall A and orders can be made and picked up at the Event Pro Photography booth also located in Exhibit Hall A.

PURCHASE OFFICIAL STATE FINAL APPAREL:The Cubby Hole is the official and only vendor authorized by IESA to provide fans attending the state final events with the official tournament souvenir apparel. It is highly encouraged that you pre-order your official IESA state apparel through The Cubby Hole's website prior to the event - pre-prdering through The Cubby Hole's website is the ONLY way to order your state apparel in advance (team orders done through the coach/school are no longer available). The lineup of souvenir apparel includes short-sleeve t-hirts at $17, long-sleeve t-shirts at $19, crew neck sweatshirts at $25, hooded sweatshirts at $30, shorts at $18, visors at $12 and caps at $12. For an additional cost, you can have your official apparel lettered the way you want it at the cost of $4 for your name, $3 for numbers and $3 for patches depicting the year, sport and the state qualifier patch.

Click on the Cubby Hole icon at the bottom of the home page ( or on The Cubby Hole Links in this section to be taken to thier website to see the design(s) for this year's state finals and begin the pre-order process. At the state competition, the Cubby Hole will be located in Exhibit Hall A.

VIDEOTAPING/PHOTOGRAPHY: TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THE COMPETITORS, FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY IS NOT ALLOWED. Video recording devices ARE allowed in the competition area but such devices shall not block the view of the judges or other spectators. Please be sure your parents are aware of this policy.