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Hancock Stadium

Hancock Stadium is home to Illinois State’s Redbird Football team.

For nearly four decades, Hancock Stadium has maintained its old-fashioned football tradition of keeping the fans on top of the game while moving forward with continuing enhancements for those who play, coach, or watch Redbird football.

Since 2000, the 15,000-seat facility has featured the Kaufman Football Building at its northeast corner—the spacious, versatile, well-equipped home for Redbird football players, coaches, and staff.

The fans are still close to the action, but improvements like artificial turf, the finest in scoreboards, and a state-of-the-art sound system provide the kind of atmosphere that makes playing and watching in Hancock Stadium a memorable experience.

Illinois’ first college football facility with artificial turf (1969), Hancock Stadium is named for former Illinois State athletics director Dr. Howard Hancock, Redbird football coach from 1931-44, athletics director from 1931-63, and a revered pioneer in college athletics.

From their inception in the 1970s until the late 1990s, Hancock Stadium also played host to the Illinois High School Association’s championship football games. The first football game at Hancock was played Sept. 28, 1963, as Illinois State played host to Indiana State.

Upcoming Events

August 2019

Movie Night at Hancock Stadium

Date:
Friday, August 9th
Time:
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Come watch the box office hit Incredibles 2 on the big screen at Hancock Stadium. Parking is free in all university lots surrounding Hancock Stadium. The east gates to the stadium off Main Street open at 6 p.m. Enter the stadium through the main east gates right off of Main Street. No outside food or beverage allowed, but concessions will be available for purchase. Patrons are invited to bring blankets, pillows, etc. to sit on the field turf, but lawn chairs are…

Movie Night at Hancock Stadium

Date:
Friday, August 9th
Time:
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Come watch the box office hit Incredibles 2 on the big screen at Hancock Stadium. Parking is free in all university lots surrounding Hancock Stadium. The east gates to the stadium off Main Street open at 6 p.m. Enter the stadium through the main east gates right off of Main Street. No outside food or beverage allowed, but concessions will be available for purchase. Patrons are invited to bring blankets, pillows, etc. to sit on the field turf, but lawn chairs are…

Redbird Fan Fair

Date:
Saturday, August 17th
Time:
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The 15th annual Redbird Fan Fair will take place Saturday, August 17, at Hancock Stadium, where patrons will have the opportunity to enjoy the Redbird football scrimmage, carnival games, prizes and music. All events are open to the public and serve as the official kickoff of the 2019 fall athletics season. Free parking will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis in lots surrounding Hancock Stadium. The Fan Fair will kick off the day's events on the concourse at…

November 2019

Veterans Networking Dinner

Date:
Tuesday, November 19th
Time:
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Connect with employers and learn how market your military experience when searching for a job.