1. Championship Banners
Bradley has an impressive basketball history, and it’s on display when attending a game at Carver Arena. Hanging from the rafters are banners celebrating the Braves rich history, which includes two NCAA Final Fours and seven conference championships.
Bradley mascot Kaboom is a big part of every Braves basketball game. Before and during the game, keep an eye out for Kaboom as you never know what kind of shenanigans he’ll get into next.
3. I-74 Rivalry: Bradley-Illinois State
The I-74 Rivalry between Bradley and Illinois State dates back to 1905 and is one of the fiercest rivalries in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Illinois-based rivals have met 124 times over the years, and the Braves hold a slim lead in the all-time series 63-61. The I-74 Rivalry game between Bradley and Illinois State is the biggest game of the year, so make sure to be in attendance when the Redbirds come to Peoria.
4. Student and Alumni Band
The Bradley band does a fantastic job of keeping everyone engaged in the game. When play stops, the band will pick up the crowd with their performances, so enjoy the atmosphere created by the band during your trip to Peoria.
5. Home of the Braves!
At the end of the “Star Spangled Banner,” everyone in attendance yells, “and the home of the Braves!” Join in the tradition to show off your Bradley spirit when attending a Braves game.
6. Stay Standing
Everyone at Carver Arena remains on their feet until the Braves score their first basket. The tradition is an excellent way to show your support for the team, so stay on your feet until the Braves put some points on the board.
7. Bradley-Drake Rivalry
The Bradley-Drake rivalry is one of the oldest rivalries in the Missouri Valley Conference, and as a result, there is lots of bad blood between the Braves and Bulldogs. The two schools have met on the hardwood over 145 times, and there is always a lot at stake when the two square off, so don’t miss it when Bradley battles Drake.
8. Player Intros
Bradley is home to a couple of traditions surrounding player introductions. When the opposing team takes the court, the student section turns their back on them. Then during the home team introductions, kids in attendance have the opportunity to line up and high five the Bradley players as they take the court. Join in either of these traditions during your trip to Carver Arena.