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Redbird Arena

Redbird Arena seats 10,500 people and is home to both men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball. Redbird Arena hosts many entertainment events such as concerts, outdoor shows, and antique and craft shows.

Redbird Arena opened in 1989 and contains 24 teflon-coated, fiberglass fabric panels for the roof. It is the second largest university arena in the state, with a portable wooden floor placed over a concrete deck with lower seating which can be folded back, and special lighting arrangements for stage productions. The facility includes comfortable locker rooms plus full-service training and strength facilities just a few steps away.

Redbird Arena’s uniquely-designed roof is a key to its bright appearance, inside and out. The 65,000-square-foot, low-rise cable dome features reinforced exterior fabric. It rises 31 feet above a steel-reinforced concrete tension ring which encircles the top of the 12-sided roof peaking at 100 feet above the floor. The glow from the Teflon-coated roof on game night has inspired references to Redbird Arena as the "Crown Jewel" of athletics facilities.

From tickets to concessions —and every service in between —dedicated people put fans first and contribute to Redbird Arena’s classy reputation as clean, safe, and convenient. Whether it’s hosting conference tournaments, NCAA events, or high school championships, Redbird Arena has proven equal to the highest standards or capable of setting new ones.

Upcoming Events

October 2017

Fall Career Fair

Date:
Tuesday, October 3rd
Time:
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Fall Career Fair connects recruiters with students and alumni from all majors seeking full-time positions.

Alumni Day Luncheon

Date:
Friday, October 20th
Time:
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

A time that campus departments can recognize alumni achievements with a special lunch and program. Those outside of campus wishing to attend can contact Alumni Relations at (309) 438-2586.

December 2017

Commencement – CAS, COE, MCN

Date:
Saturday, December 16th
Time:
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Winter Commencement for College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Interdisciplinary University Studies and Mennonite College of Nursing will begin at 9 a.m. in Redbird Arena.

Commencement – CAST, COB, CFA

Date:
Saturday, December 16th
Time:
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Winter Commencement for the College of Applied Science and Technology, College of Business and the College of Fine Arts will begin at 1 p.m. in Redbird Arena.

May 2018

Commencement – College of Arts and Sciences

Date:
Friday, May 11th 2018
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Spring Commencement for the College of Arts and Sciences will take place at 7 p.m. in Redbird Arena.

Commencement – College of Education and Interdisciplinary University Studies

Date:
Saturday, May 12th 2018
Time:
8:30 am - 11:00 am

Spring Commencement for the College of Education and Interdisciplinary University Studies will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Redbird Arena.

Commencement – College of Applied Science and Technology

Date:
Saturday, May 12th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Spring Commencement for the College of Applied Science and Technology will begin at 12:00 p.m. at Redbird Arena.

Commencement – College of Business

Date:
Saturday, May 12th 2018
Time:
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Spring Commencement for the College of Business will begin at 4:00 p.m. in Redbird Arena.

December 2018

Commencement – CAS, COE, MCN

Date:
Saturday, December 15th 2018
Time:
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Winter Commencement 2018. Dates and times are tentative.  Please refer to GraduationServices.IllinoisState.edu for more information.

Commencement – CAST, COB, CFA

Date:
Saturday, December 15th 2018
Time:
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Winter Commencement 2018   Dates and times are tentative.  Please refer to GraduationServices.IllinoisState.edu for more information.    

May 2019

Commencement – College of Arts and Sciences

Date:
Friday, May 10th 2019
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Spring Commencement 2019 Dates and times are tentative.  Please refer to GraduationServices.IllinoisState.edu for more information.

Commencement – College of Education

Date:
Saturday, May 11th 2019
Time:
8:30 am - 11:00 am

Spring Commencement 2019 Dates and times are tentative.  Please refer to GraduationServices.IllinoisState.edu for more information.

Commencement – College of Applied Science and Technology

Date:
Saturday, May 11th 2019
Time:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Spring Commencement 2019 Dates and times are tentative.  Please refer to GraduationServices.IllinoisState.edu for more information.

Commencement – College of Business

Date:
Saturday, May 11th 2019
Time:
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Spring Commencement 2019 Dates and times are tentative.  Please refer to GraduationServices.IllinoisState.edu for more information.

December 2019

Commencement – CAS, COE, MCN

Date:
Saturday, December 14th 2019
Time:
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Winter Commencement 2019 Dates and times are tentative.  Please refer to GraduationServices.IllinoisState.edu for more information.

Commencement – CAST, COB, CFA

Date:
Saturday, December 14th 2019
Time:
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Winter Commencement 2019 Dates and times are tentative.  Please refer to GraduationServices.IllinoisState.edu for more information.

May 2020

Commencement – College of Arts and Sciences

Date:
Friday, May 8th 2020
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Spring Commencement 2020 Dates and times are tentative.  Please refer to GraduationServices.IllinoisState.edu for more information.

Commencement – College of Education

Date:
Saturday, May 9th 2020
Time:
8:30 am - 11:00 am

Spring Commencement 2020 Dates and times are tentative.  Please refer to GraduationServices.IllinoisState.edu for more information.

Commencement – College of Applied Science and Technology

Date:
Saturday, May 9th 2020
Time:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Spring Commencement 2020 Dates and times are tentative.  Please refer to GraduationServices.IllinoisState.edu for more information.

Commencement – College of Business

Date:
Saturday, May 9th 2020
Time:
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Spring Commencement 2020 Dates and times are tentative.  Please refer to GraduationServices.IllinoisState.edu for more information.

December 2020

Commencement – CAS, COE, MCN

Date:
Saturday, December 12th 2020
Time:
9:00 am - 11:30 am

Winter Commencement 2020 Dates and times are tentative.  Please refer to GraduationServices.IllinoisState.edu for more information.

Commencement – CAST, COB, CFA

Date:
Saturday, December 12th 2020
Time:
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Winter Commencement 2020 Dates and times are tentative.  Please refer to GraduationServices.IllinoisState.edu for more information.

May 2021

Commencement – College of Arts and Sciences

Date:
Friday, May 7th 2021
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Spring Commencement 2021 Dates and times are tentative.  Please refer to GraduationServices.IllinoisState.edu for more information.

Commencement – College of Education

Date:
Saturday, May 8th 2021
Time:
8:30 am - 11:00 am

Spring Commencement 2021 Dates and times are tentative.  Please refer to GraduationServices.IllinoisState.edu for more information.

Commencement – College of Applied Science and Technology

Date:
Saturday, May 8th 2021
Time:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Spring Commencement 2021 Dates and times are tentative.  Please refer to GraduationServices.IllinoisState.edu for more information.

Commencement – College of Business

Date:
Saturday, May 8th 2021
Time:
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Spring Commencement 2021 Dates and times are tentative.  Please refer to GraduationServices.IllinoisState.edu for more information.