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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 Public Events

October 2021

The Illinois State Marching Band Competition

Saturday, October 23rd
6:30 am - 10:00 pm

The Illinois State Marching Band Championships (ISMBC) is the state‚Äôs premiere invitational event hosting 42 high school marching bands in preliminary and finals competition. Participating bands are divided into the six classifications determined by the Illinois High School Association school enrollment. Bands are evaluated by the leading clinicians in music education and enjoy the thrill of performing to packed crowds at the incredible Hancock Stadium on the campus of Illinois State University. LOCATION: Hancock Stadium on the campus of Illinois…