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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

March 2017

University Research Symposium

Date:
Friday, March 31st
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The University Research Symposium offers an exciting opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present what they have learned through their research, scholarship and creative endeavor to a large audience in a professional setting. All students enrolled at the University and engaged in research, scholarship and creative endeavor under the direction of a faculty mentor are eligible to present. The morning session is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The afternoon session is open to the…

April 2017

The 2017 Gamma Phi Circus Home Shows: Gamma Phi Circus on Broadway!

Date:
Friday, April 7th
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This year's shows will celebrate all things "Broadway" with a focus on your favorite Broadway musicals performed "Circus-style" for the entertainment of young and old alike!!

The 2017 Gamma Phi Circus Home Shows: Gamma Phi Circus on Broadway!

Date:
Saturday, April 8th
Time:
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This year's shows will celebrate all things "Broadway" with a focus on your favorite Broadway musicals performed "Circus-style" for the entertainment of young and old alike!!

Gamma Phi Circus Alumni Reception

Date:
Saturday, April 8th
Time:
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

Join fellow Gamma Phi alumni at this special reception before attending the Saturday night circus performance.

The 2017 Gamma Phi Circus Home Shows: Gamma Phi Circus on Broadway!

Date:
Saturday, April 8th
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This year's shows will celebrate all things "Broadway" with a focus on your favorite Broadway musicals performed "Circus-style" for the entertainment of young and old alike!!

Illinois State University Speaker Series – John Trautwein

Date:
Wednesday, April 12th
Time:
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
images of John Trautwein

Former Major League Baseball pitcher, international business executive, and author John Trautwein will present A Positive Passion & Will at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 in Redbird Arena to tell the story about losing his teenage son, Will, to suicide in 2010 and share what he learned as a grieving parent who was unaware of the issues that faced his child and still burden millions of teens today.

May 2017

Commencement – College of Arts and Sciences

Date:
Friday, May 12th
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

College of Arts and Sciences Spring Commencement Ceremony

Commencement – College of Education and Interdisciplinary University Studies

Date:
Saturday, May 13th
Time:
8:30 am - 10:30 am

College of Education and Interdisciplinary University Studies Spring Commencement Ceremony.

Commencement – College of Applied Science and Technology

Date:
Saturday, May 13th
Time:
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

College of Applied Science and Technology Spring Commencement Ceremony.

Commencement – College of Business

Date:
Saturday, May 13th
Time:
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

College of Business Spring Commencement Ceremony.

December 2017

Commencement

Date:
Saturday, December 16th
December 2018

Commencement

Date:
Saturday, December 15th 2018
December 2019

Commencement

Date:
Saturday, December 14th 2019
December 2020

Commencement

Date:
Saturday, December 12th 2020