The first Redbird football home game of the season will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Hancock Stadium. 

Football season is officially kicking off. Illinois State University football games are not just for sports fans, they are a great way to socialize with friends.

The first home game of the season is 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Hancock Stadium. The Redbirds will be facing off against the Morehead State Eagles. 

If it is your first time attending an ISU football game, here are some tips you should keep in mind.


Football tickets are $5 for all Illinois State University students. General admission is $20, the Heller Stores Touchdown Terrace is $25 and prime seats are $30. 

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the stadium’s ticket booth. 

Are you a Red Alert member? You can get into any home football games and other ISU athletics home games with the membership. Those interested in joining Red Alert can visit ISU’s website. 


In the past, alcohol was only sold to those with premium seats. As of this fall, beer and wine will now be sold to those in general seating 


Tailgating lots open at noon for evening games. Arrive early to guarantee getting a good spot. Tailgating ends an hour and a half after the game.   

Public tailgating is at the U91, G81, G82, F43, S-103 and G53 lots and costs $10 per car, per tailgate spot.  

RV’s can tailgate at G-82 at the south end of the lot and S-103 overflow lot. RV’s cost $25 each.  

There is no overnight parking at tailgate spots. Also, glass bottles, kegs and drinking games are prohibited. Tailgating spots also prohibit smoking and amplification devices. 


If tailgating isn’t your style, you can park at the North University Parking Garage.  

Big Red Marching Machine 

If you haven’t attended an ISU game, get ready for a halftime performance from the Big Red Marching Machine. During the game, the BRMM will be in a specific portion of section 126.


Catch your favorite Redbird running around during the game. Reggie always makes an appearance at the football games along with the ISU Cheerleaders. If you’re lucky, you might even get to snap a pic with Reggie, or cheer with him in the student section. 

Student Section 

Student tickets don’t have to sit in the student section. However, the section offers a community experience, allowing you to cheer on the team with your fellow Redbirds. The student sections are 124-126.

ANDREA RICKER is Features Editor The Vidette. She can be contacted at Follower her on Twitter at @ricker_andrea    

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