The Arena


*Temporarily Closed*

June 29, 2022:  Construction is underway to restore and renovate the Multi-Purpose Arena (MPA).  The $8.6 million project will repair sidewalks, walls, steps, and expansion joints, while also repairing electrical systems, readjusting the tension structure, installing a new canopy, and rebuilding the retaining walls around the facility.  The MPA construction will render the facility unusable during the 2022 Illinois State Fair. 


The Outlaw 5J Rodeo: Bares, Broncs and Bull Riding will be rescheduled for September 25 at the Coliseum.  The STEAM Expo's Drone Racing Competition is slated to take place on Friday, August 19th at the Grandstand.  The ITPA Truck and Tractor Pulls and Illinois State Fair Championship Demolition Derby will take place in 2023.


Constructed in 2000, the Multi-Purpose Arena is a 261,000 square foot building set on six-acres of the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The facility is known for hosting the National High School Rodeo Finals, monster truck shows, motorcycle racing, truck and tractor pulls, and demolition derby.

 Events At The Arena


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