“In no way does this decision construe that we are unhappy or expecting to change venues for either event," said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman in an IHSA press release. "However, our Board feels like it is healthy for the process to open up these bids on occasion. Certainly Peoria has written its own chapter in the storied history of March Madness, while innovating with the introduction of the March Madness Experience, an event many other associations from around the country have tried to emulate. Meanwhile, Illinois State University and Redbird Arena have become synonymous with high school girls’ basketball in the state of Illinois.”
Peoria's current agreement with the IHSA will expire in 2015. The IHSA is looking for a host city for the tournaments from 2015-16 through 2019-20.