Welcome Back to Champaign-Urbana

The IHSA Boys State Basketball Tournament will return to Champaign-Urbana, March 11–13, 2021, at the iconic State Farm Center at the University of Illinois, the state’s premier college campus. The public university is home to over 40,000 students and is part of the Big Ten Conference. From leading research, cutting-edge technology, and thriving arts and culture, the University of Illinois is open to explore throughout the tournament.

We are thrilled to once again host all student-athletes, their families and fans in Champaign County, which was home to IHSA Basketball for 77 years.

Before and after the games, there is plenty to see and do in our micro-urban oasis.

Whether you explore the University of Illinois, check out the arts at our various museums, or dine out at our many locally-owned establishments, you’ll have amazing experiences throughout our community.

Request a copy of the Champaign County Experience Guide to start planning your weekend!

Hallene Gateway at the University of Illinois Alumni Center
State Farm Center

About the Tournament

We are ready to host the new legends that will make their way to the forefront at the 2021 IHSA Boys State Basketball Tournament.

Schedule information for the new one-weekend format will be available soon!

Enjoy your time in the leading sports facility in the state of Illinois—The State Farm Center. Your Tournament experience will be one to last a lifetime.

Please be aware of the new Clear Bag Policy at the facility.

Getting Here

Champaign County is centrally located at the crossroads of Interstates I-57, I-74 and I-72 linking Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis and Peoria.  Conveniently situated about two hours from these major cities, Champaign County is easily accessible by bus, train or air via Illinois Terminal or Willard Airport.


Getting to the State Farm Center is easy! Drop off fans in the circle drive on the West side, and get parking right at the facility. The Northeast Lot is reserved for passes and is not public for this event. Click here for more information on parking.

Public Transportation

The greater Champaign area boasts one of the best public transportation systems around—The Champaign Urbana Mass Transit District. Catch the lines from the State Farm Center to your hotel or get to the mall, or a tour around campus! Get route information here.

Area & Campus Maps

Walk the scenic University of Illinois campus before and after matches with this convenient map. Looking for places to eat and shop around campustown or Downtown Champaign? Check out our map to help you navigate.


Enjoy affordable accommodations in Champaign County throughout the IHSA Boys State Basketball Tournament. Our hotel partners are ready to welcome athletes and spectators with open arms. Contact each hotel directly to make your reservations.

Need help finding a hotel?

Contact Visit Champaign County at 217.351.4133 for assistance.

For a complete list of all hotels in Champaign County, click here.

The following hotels have a spectator rate for the tournament. Mention IHSA when making your reservation.

Best Western Plus
516 W. Marketview Dr., Champaign
217.689.4714 | Visit website
Rate: $129
Distance to State Farm Center: 4.3 miles
Comfort Suites
2001 N. Lincoln Ave., Urbana
217.328.3500 | Visit website
Rate: $125
Distance to State Farm Center: 3.2 miles
Courtyard by Marriott
1811 Moreland Blvd., Champaign
217.355.0411 | Visit website
Rate: $144
Distance to State Farm Center: 3.7 miles
Eastland Suites
1907 N. Cunningham Ave., Urbana
217.367.8331 | Visit website
Rate: $159
Distance to State Farm Center: 4.2 miles
Fairfield Inn
1807 Moreland Blvd., Champaign
217.355.0604 | Visit website
Rate: $134
Distance to State Farm Center: 3.7 miles
Hampton Inn Urbana
1200 W. University Ave., Urbana
217.337.1100 | Visit website
Rate: $129
Distance to State Farm Center: 2.3 miles
Holiday Inn
101 Trade Centre Dr., Champaign
217.398.3400 | Visit website
Rate: $149.99
Distance to State Farm Center: 0.6 miles
Home2 Suites by Hilton
2013 S. Neil St., Champaign
217.355.6468 | Visit website
Rate: $139
Distance to State Farm Center: 0.9 miles
Homewood Suites by Hilton
1417 S. Neil St., Champaign
217.352.9960 | Visit website
Rate: $139
Distance to State Farm Center: 0.6 miles
Hyatt Place
217 N. Neil St., Champaign
217.531.2800 | Visit website
Rate: $199
Distance to State Farm Center: 1.9 miles
Red Roof Inn
212 W. Anthony Dr., Champaign
217.352.0101 | Visit website
Rate: $79.99
Distance to State Farm Center: 3.4 miles
Residence Inn by Marriott
502 W. Marketview Dr., Champaign
217.398.0000 | Visit website
Rate: $189
Distance to State Farm Center: 3.7 miles
Rodeway Inn
612 W. Killarney St., Urbana
217.384.8000 | Visit website
Rate: $75
Distance to State Farm Center: 3.6 miles

Visitor Info

We can’t wait to host all athletes, coaches, and fans in Champaign County for the IHSA Boys State Basketball Tournament. We’re here to help provide you an Outside of Ordinary experience throughout the weekend.

Request a complimentary Champaign County Area Experience Guide to start planning!

Where to Eat

Before and after the game, be sure to check out the many restaurants available in Champaign County. Whether you stay in Campustown, visit Downtown Champaign or Downtown Urbana, or check out our other areas, we have something for everyone.

Where to Shop

Whether you catch Orange & Blue spirit, or you happen to need an essential you forgot at home, Champaign County has over 250 shops in the area for you to check out.

Where to Visit

While you’re here for the weekend, be sure to visit our local attractions! Champaign County is home to eleven museums, five forest preserves, countless parks, family-friendly activities and more!

Community Events

In addition to the tournament, many other family-friendly events are taking place for you to enjoy. Get a glimpse of what’s happening surrounding the tournament!

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