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Team: Illinois State Redbirds
League: NCAA Division I FCS
Home Games: Hancock Stadium
Head Coach: Brock Spack
Conference Titles: 10
All-Time Greats: Andy King, Luke Drone, Kevin Glenn, Jim Meyer, Tom Nelson, Mike Prior, Cody White, Mike Zimmer and Colton Underwood
Illinois State Redbirds Football TicketsThe Illinois State Redbirds team plays football at Hancock Stadium in Normal, Ill. The team played its first season in 1887 and now plays in the NCAA Division I FCS Missouri Valley conference. Since 1937, the Redbirds football team has won 10 titles including appearances in the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Missouri Valley Football Conference. As strong contenders in its conference, the team has made several playoff appearances in the Division I–AA/FCS playoffs. The team colors are red and white, and its biggest rivalry is Eastern Illinois. The Mid-America Classic is an annual rivalry event held between the two teams. It has been a tradition since the early 1900s and is considered the longest rivalry in the state. Get Illinois State Redbirds football tickets at StubHub.
What was the Illinois State Redbirds football record last season?The Illinois State Redbirds football team has a history of successful football seasons. In the most recent season, the Redbirds finished fifth in the Missouri Valley Conference with 17 wins and 16 losses.
How big is the Illinois State Redbirds football stadium?Illinois State Redbirds home games are played at Hancock Stadium. The stadium was built in 1963 and has a maximum capacity of 13,391. As the success of the program continues to grow, Illinois State University has made plans to expand the stadium. The first steps toward expansion include new grandstands on the east side of the field. With new, bigger grandstands, the potential for an increase in maximum capacity is possible in the future.
What is an Illinois State Redbirds football game like?Football is huge at Illinois State University. On game days, fans can expect the stands to be packed. There's great energy around the entire stadium, including the Red Alert Student section, which is always filled. During the game, attendees will get a firsthand lesson on why Hancock Stadium is one of the toughest places to play in the Midwest. At halftime, the Red Alert Marching Band will take the field to entertain the crowds. The marching band is considered one of the best in the Midwest and will quickly encourage you to get on your feet and cheer.
What conference does the Illinois State Redbirds football team compete in?Belonging to a Division I school, the Illinois State Redbirds team is part of the Missouri Valley Conference. Unlike other Division I schools, the Missouri Valley Conference only includes football. It's based in the Midwest and includes a variety of schools in the region in three different leagues: The Horizon League, Missouri Valley Conference League and Summit League.
Who is the Illinois State Redbirds head football coach?The Illinois State Redbirds football team has been coached by Brock Spack since 2008. Under Coach Spack, the Redbirds have a record of 75-45. Before coaching the Redbirds, the former defensive linemen was a defense coordinator at his alma mater, Purdue University. Coach Spack also has several offense coordinators on staff to help produce one of college's best teams.
What is the Illinois State Redbirds football schedule?As with recent years, the Illinois State Redbirds football season will kick off on the last Saturday in August. From there, the Redbirds will play football every Saturday afternoon or evening until the Saturday after Thanksgiving. If the football team qualifies for playoffs or bowl games, the schedule could continue well into January.
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