Athletic Department

The Hotels at Grand Prairie Renew Sponsorship
Release: Tuesday 07/25/2013 


PEORIA, Ill. – The Hotels at Grand Prairie has renewed its corporate sponsorship with Bradley Athletics for the 2013-14 athletics season. A “Platinum” sponsor, the highest level of corporate sponsorship with the Braves, The Hotels at Grand Prairie are the “Preferred Hotels of Bradley Athletics.”

“Bradley’s on-going and long-standing relationship with The Hotels at Grand Prairie reflects the Hotels’ tremendous service, comfort and attention to detail,” said Bradley Director of Athletics Dr. Michael Cross. “Bradley uses The Hotels at Grand Prairie for recruiting, championships, visiting team travel, officials and for all other aspects of our operation. We are tremendously appreciative for all the staff at The Hotels at Grand Prairie does on our behalf.”

In addition to serving as “Preferred Hotels of Bradley Athletics,” the hotel group is the title sponsor of Bradley Soccer’s 2013 The Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic, a four-team tournament featuring Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Evansville Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 at Shea Stadium. The Hotels at Grand Prairie’s sponsorship includes a consistent presence at all Bradley Athletics home events by sponsoring in-game promotions at men’s basketball, women’s basketball and soccer home games; courtside LED signage at men’s basketball, women’s basketball and volleyball games at Carver Arena and Renaissance Coliseum; in stadium signage at Shea Stadium; and the opportunity to place a branded tent at all Bradley Athletic Department functions.

“Sponsoring Bradley Athletics supports The Hotels at Grand Prairie’s commitment to the Peoria community,” stated Mark Petersen, President and CEO of Petersen Hotels. “Providing hotel accommodations to those associated with Bradley Athletics, including teams, fans, prospective athletes and their families, alumni, and administrators, guarantees a positive experience associated with Peoria.”

The Hotels at Grand Prairie opened three properties in 2008 with the fourth property completed in 2009. Just off I-474 and War Memorial Drive, The Hotels at Grand Prairie are located next to the Shoppes at Grand Prairie - Peoria’s premier shopping, dining, and entertainment district. From business to leisure, extended stays to getaways, The Hotels at Grand Prairie are sure to have the perfect hotel to suit your needs. All four properties feature a 32” LCD flat-screen TV, desk and comfortable bed in every room with microwave and refrigerator in most rooms. Each property offers free wired/wireless high-speed Internet access throughout the building and a well-equipped fitness center. Country Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites and Wingate by Wyndham all boast an indoor pool & spa, hot expanded breakfast buffet, shuttle service and business center. Candlewood Suites makes the long stays away from home easier with full kitchenettes complete with a microwave, full size refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, utensils and cook-ware, as well as a gazebo grilling area. The Hotels at Grand Prairie welcome every kind of traveler on every kind of trip

Founded in 1897, Bradley University is a distinctive, medium-size, comprehensive private institution of higher learning and the 85-acre campus is located in Peoria, the largest metropolitan area in central Illinois. With approximately 5,000 undergraduate and 800 graduate students, Bradley offers the opportunities and choices of a larger university (with over 130 programs in five colleges, including the traditional sciences plus a graduate school) with the quality, personal attention and challenge of a small private college. Bradley is a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, the second oldest conference in the nation, and boasts 15 NCAA Division I men’s and women’s athletic teams.

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