In Game

Illinois State has had a lot of success under current head coach Brock Spack, including a trip to the FCS Championship Game in 2015, fostering a strong football culture in Normal. Fans from all over the area come out to support the Redbirds on game days creating a fun atmosphere at games. The fans here are some of the most passionate and knowledgeable in the FCS ensuring you’ll have a good time when attending an Illinois State football game. No group of fans is more passionate than the student section, known as Red Alert, so enjoy their presence when taking in a game at Hancock Stadium.

In addition to fantastic fan support, Illinois State football games also boast plenty of pageantry and tradition. The Victory Bell has been a staple of Redbirds games since the 1960s and is a must-see for any fan. You also won’t want to miss the opportunity to see the talented Big Red Marching Machine and the Redline Express. Both the band and dance team are a big part of the what makes attending a Redbirds game a special even making them must-sees for any college football fan.

You’ll have an incredible time taking in a game at Hancock Stadium, so get your tickets to an Illinois State football game today.

Things to check out

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Victory Bell

The Victory Bell is a big part of a Redbirds football game as it leads the team out onto the field and is rung after every Illinois State touchdown. The ringing of the Victory Bell works the crowd into a frenzy making it a can’t miss part of any Illinois State football game.

Battle Bird

Before the game, the Redbirds touch the Battle Bird as they make their way to the field. The ceremony is what gets every Illinois State game started, so get ready to cheer on the Redbirds as they take the field when you see the Battle Bird.

Big Red Marching Machine

You won’t want to miss seeing the Big Red Marching Machine perform at Redbirds games. The Big Red Marching Machine put on incredible pregame and halftime shows and create an excellent atmosphere throughout the game with their tunes.

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Redline Express

Don’t leave your seat when you see the Redline Express take the field. The Redline Express dance team will dazzle you with their routines making them a must-see part of any Redbirds sporting event.

Reggie Redbird

Illinois State fans young and old love Reggie Redbird. Reggie Redbird is the official mascot of Illinois State and one of the best parts of any ISU sporting event. He gets into all kinds of shenanigans at games, so keep an eye out for Reggie Redbird.

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Red Alert

Red Alert is the official Redbirds student section, and they do an incredible job of giving Illinois State a great home field advantage. Enjoy the atmosphere created by Red Alert when attending a game at Hancock Stadium.

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Fight Songs

  1. Go, You Redbirds

    Go You Redbirds onto battle! Fight for ISU.
    Raise the banner, red, and white; to this emblem we’ll be true.
    So let us cheer the Redbirds on to victory! Every voice proclaim:
    ‘We’ve got the fight! We’ve got the might! Let’s win this game.

  2. ISU Alma Mater

    Glory hast though, might and power; proud the halls of ISU.
    Deeds that live in song and story, loyal sons and daughters true.
    So shalt thou in years increasing send they grads of honest worth,
    forth to bear with zeal unceasing wisdom’s torch throughout the earth.

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