Unfortunately they will play home games in EAST PEORIA @ EastSide Center. Alas, if only Peoria had something equivalent to EastSide Center. This could have been a wonderful opportunity for the young people who live in Peoria, to be showcased in Peoria, playing NAIA football, while getting a post-secondary education at a good school.
Robert Morris-Peoria kicks off football program
The downtown commuter school will field its inaugural football team this fall. Loren Peacock, the former head coach at Limestone high, last week was officially named head coach for the start-up program.
Peacock said home games will be played on Saturday afternoons at EastSide Centre in East Peoria. The schedule, still a work in progress, currently has six games, including three at EastSide, with the opener to be in early September.
Peacock, a Limestone teacher and volunteer football assistant there last season, said he is in the process of putting together a coaching staff, as well as working out details for a practice location.
RMU-Peoria is a member of the National Club Football Association, and this fall will play as a member of the Great Lakes-West Conference, which also includes Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Loyola-Chicago, and Wisconsin schools Milwaukee and Parkside.
Football is the latest addition to the RMU-Peoria athletics department that already includes men’s bowling and ice hockey, and women’s bowling, ice hockey, soccer and volleyball.
Robert Morris in Chicago began as a club program for football before joining the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in 2011.
“Our thought for the future is to follow the same path as Chicago,” Peacock said. “I’m impressed with the school’s commitment to bring college football to Peoria. I’ve thought for years that Peoria needed college football.”
Bradley had a long football history before the program was disbanded following the 1970 season. Source