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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.

Past Events

May 2016

August 2016

Welcome Week- Red/White Volleyball Scrimmage

Date:
Saturday, August 20th 2016
Time:
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Enjoy competitive scrimmages, fun activities and meet the Redbird Athletes and Coaches. Redbird Arena

Welcome Week-Redbird Fan Fair

Date:
Saturday, August 20th 2016
Time:
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Enjoy competitive scrimmages, fun activities and meet the Redbird Athletes and Coaches. Between redbird Arena and Horton Fieldhouse

Volleyball Game and Bump, Set, and Spike Shirt Swap

Date:
Sunday, August 21st 2016
Time:
11:45 pm

Students can come out to see ISU Volleyball take on Evansville and have the chance to get a free ISU shirt and enjoy free Avantis before the game! Grab some friends to help cheer on our Redbirds! Students who bring another school's spirit wear will be able to swap for a free ISU T-shirt! Be sure to keep up to date with the University Program Board (UPB)! Website: http://upb.illinoisstate.edu/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UPB.IllinoisState Twitter: https://twitter.com/ISU_UPB Instagram: http://instagram.com/isuupb If you require accommodations to…

December 2016

Register for the University Research Symposium

Start:
Thursday, December 1st 2016
12:00 am
End:
Friday, February 3rd 2017
11:00 pm

The University Research Symposium offers an exciting opportunity for enrolled Illinois State graduate and undergraduate students to present their research, scholarship, and creative endeavors.

Winter Commencement – CAS, CFA, MCN

Date:
Saturday, December 17th 2016
Time:
9:00 am - 11:00 am

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

Winter Commencement – CAST, COB, COE

Date:
Saturday, December 17th 2016
Time:
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Winter Commencement for the College of Applied Science and Technology, College of Business and the College of Education and Interdisciplinary University Studies will begin at 1 p.m. in Redbird Arena.

March 2017

University Research Symposium

Date:
Friday, March 31st 2017
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

National Walking Day

Date:
Wednesday, April 5th 2017
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lace up your sneakers and celebrate National Walking Day with Health Promotion and Wellness, the American Heart Association Greater Illinois, and Advocate BroMenn Medical Center on Wednesday, April 5, at noon on the Quad!

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

Date:
Friday, April 7th 2017
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 2017
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 2017
Time:
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

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

Illinois State University Speaker Series – John Trautwein

Date:
Wednesday, April 12th 2017
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 2017
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 2017
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 2017
Time:
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

College of Applied Science and Technology Spring Commencement Ceremony.

Commencement – College of Business

Date:
Saturday, May 13th 2017
Time:
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

College of Business Spring Commencement Ceremony.

October 2017

Fall Career Fair

Date:
Tuesday, October 3rd 2017
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 2017
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 2017
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 2017
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.

February 2018

The 2018 Gamma Phi Circus Tickets On Sale Now

Start:
Wednesday, February 14th 2018
7:00 pm
End:
Saturday, April 21st 2018
7:00 pm

Be enchanted! Come to our Spring Show, "Once Upon a Time" for favorite fables and fairy tales with a circus flair!

Play 4Kay Pregame Reception

Date:
Sunday, February 18th 2018
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Illinois State University Mennonite College of Nursing, the Student Nurses Association, and Redbird Athletics will host a reception before the Redbird women’s basketball team’s Play 4Kay game in honor of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

April 2018

The 2018 Gamma Phi Circus Spring Shows

Date:
Friday, April 20th 2018
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Be enchanted! Come to our Spring Show, "Once Upon a Time" for favorite fables and fairy tales with a circus twist!

The 2018 Gamma Phi Circus Spring Shows

Date:
Saturday, April 21st 2018
Time:
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Be enchanted! Come to our Spring Show, "Once Upon a Time" for favorite fables and fairy tales with a circus twist!

The 2018 Gamma Phi Circus Spring Shows

Date:
Saturday, April 21st 2018
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Be enchanted! Come to our Spring Show, "Once Upon a Time" for favorite fables and fairy tales with a circus twist!

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.

October 2018

Fall Internship and Career Fair

Date:
Tuesday, October 2nd 2018
Time:
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Discover fall internships and employment and network with area employers.

Redbird Student Athlete Networking Reception

Date:
Tuesday, October 2nd 2018
Time:
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Student athletes from all majors are invited to network with employers to learn how to translate their athletic experience into a professional position. Since this event follows the Fall Internship and Career Fair, employers attending the fair will have this additional opportunity afterwards to connect with Redbirds and share information about their organizations and their internship and full-time job opportunities. Learn more about career success at CareerCenter.IllinoisState.edu or follow the Career Center on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  

Homecoming 2018 student royalty crowning

Date:
Friday, October 12th 2018
Time:
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

See who will be crowned the 2018 Homecoming king and queen.

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.    

January 2019

Martin Luther King Cultural Dinner: An Evening with Michael Eric Dyson – SOLD OUT

Date:
Friday, January 25th
Time:
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Scholar, author, and award-winner Michael Eric Dyson will give the keynote address for the Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Dinner at 5 p.m. Friday, January 25, 2019, in Redbird Arena. Reserve seats online at IllinoisState.edu/mlk. **For student meal plan holders, reservations can still be purchased with a meal swipe through University Housing Services at https://housing.illinoisstate.edu/.

March 2019

WIB – ISU Women’s Basketball and Networking Event

Date:
Sunday, March 3rd
Time:
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Women in Business - ISU Women's Basketball and Networking Event Come show your ISU spirit and meet professionals THIS SUNDAY! Join us for the networking event before the game! Free with Student I.D. For more information please contact: Erin Bateman (217) 918-1013 isu.womeninbusiness.membership@gmail.com

April 2019

The 2019 Gamma Phi Circus Spring Shows Opening Night!

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

The 2019 Gamma Phi Circus Spring Shows Matinee with Carnival!

Date:
Saturday, April 13th
Time:
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The 2019 Gamma Phi Circus Spring Show!

Date:
Saturday, April 13th
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

May 2019

Commencement – College of Arts and Sciences

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

Spring Commencement 2019 Please refer to GraduationServices.IllinoisState.edu for more information.

Commencement – College of Education

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

Spring Commencement 2019 Please refer to GraduationServices.IllinoisState.edu for more information.

Commencement – College of Applied Science and Technology

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

Spring Commencement 2019. Please refer to GraduationServices.IllinoisState.edu for more information.

Commencement – College of Business

Date:
Saturday, May 11th
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Spring Commencement 2019 Please refer to GraduationServices.IllinoisState.edu for more information.

September 2019

Illinois State Volleyball Tournament

Date:
Friday, September 13th
Time:
7:00 am - 11:30 pm

For more information please visit GoRedbirds.com Go Red Birds!

Illinois State Volleyball Tournament

Date:
Saturday, September 14th
Time:
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Illinois State Volleyball vs. UCF at 5:30pm in Redbird Arena. For more information please visit GoRedbirds.com Go Red Birds!

Illinois State Volleyball Tournament

Date:
Sunday, September 15th
Time:
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Illinois State Volleyball vs. Marquette at 3:00pm in Redbird Arena. For more information please visit GoRedbirds.com Go Red Birds!

Fall Internship and Career Fair

Date:
Tuesday, September 24th
Time:
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Identify internship and full-time employment opportunities, or just network with employers.

Illinois State Volleyball vs. Missouri State

Date:
Friday, September 27th
Time:
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Illinois State Volleyball vs. Missouri State at 6:00pm in Redbird Arena. For more information please visit GoRedbirds.com Go Red Birds!

Illinois State Volleyball vs. Southern Illinois

Date:
Saturday, September 28th
Time:
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Illinois State Volleyball vs. Southern Illinois at 5:00pm in Redbird Arena. For more information please visit GoRedbirds.com Go Red Birds!

October 2019

Illinois State Men’s Basketball v. Truman State

Date:
Monday, October 7th
Time:
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Illinois State Men's Basketball Exhibition Game vs. Truman State at 6 p.m. in Redbird Arena. For more information please visit GoRedbirds.com Go Redbirds!

Illinois State Volleyball v. Loyola

Date:
Friday, October 18th
Time:
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Illinois State Volleyball v. Loyola at 6 p.m. at Redbird Arena. HOOPFEST to follow! For more information please visit GoRedbirds.com Go Redbirds!

Illinois State Volleyball v. Valpo

Date:
Saturday, October 19th
Time:
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Illinois State Volleyball v. Valpo at 5:00pm at Redbird Arena. For more information please visit GoRedbirds.com Go Redbirds!

Illinois State Women’s Basketball v. Lindenwood

Date:
Wednesday, October 30th
Time:
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Illinois State Women's Basketball vs. Lindenwood at 7 p.m. in Redbird Arena. For more information please visit GoRedbirds.com Go Redbirds!

November 2019

ISU Men’s Basketball vs. Little Rock

Date:
Saturday, November 2nd
Time:
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Illinois State University Men's Basketball vs. Little Rock @ 3 p.m. in Redbird Arena For more information please visit GoRedbirds.com, Go Redbirds!

ISU Women’s Basketball vs. Truman State

Date:
Tuesday, November 5th
Time:
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Illinois State University Women's Basketball vs. Truman State @ 7 p.m. in Redbird Arena For more information please visit GoRedbirds.com. Go Redbirds!

ISU Men’s Basketball vs. Belmont

Date:
Wednesday, November 6th
Time:
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Illinois State University Men's Basketball vs. Belmont @ 7 p.m. in Redbird Arena For more information please visit GoRedbirds.com. Go Redbirds!

ISU Volleyball vs. UNI

Date:
Friday, November 8th
Time:
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Illinois State University Volleyball vs. UNI @ 6 p.m. in Redbird Arena For more information please visit GoRedbirds.com Go Redbirds!

ISU Volleyball vs. Drake

Date:
Saturday, November 9th
Time:
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Illinois State University Volleyball vs. Drake @ 5 p.m. in Redbird Arena For more information please visit GoRedbirds.com. Go Redbirds!

IHSA Girls Volleyball State Tournament

Date:
Friday, November 15th
Time:
7:00 am - 9:00 pm

IHSA Girls Volleyball State Tournament will take place in Redbird Arena.

IHSA Girls Volleyball State Tournament

Date:
Saturday, November 16th
Time:
7:00 am - 8:00 pm

IHSA Girls Volleyball State Tournament will take place in Redbird Arena.

ISU Men’s Basketball vs. UCF

Date:
Sunday, November 17th
Time:
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Illinois State University Men's Basketball vs. University of Central Florida @ 1 p.m. in Redbird Arena For more information please visit GoRedbirds.com. Go Redbirds!