1. Lee Calhoun Statue
Stop by and check out the Lee Calhoun statue inside the stadium. The statue honors the two time Olympic gold medalist and former Western Illinois track and field coach, and it is a must-see for any fan of Leathernecks athletics.
2. Colonel Rock
Colonel Rock is the leathernecks live mascot and is named after former WIU football coach and athletic director Ray “Rock” Hanson. You won’t want to miss the loveable Colonel Rock at the game so keep an eye out for him during your visit.
3. WIU Marching Leathernecks
Enjoy the performance of the Marching Leathernecks throughout the game. The band puts on a great show, and their in-game music is also fantastic making them one of the best parts of any WIU football game.
4. Bulldog Statue
Take your picture with the bulldog statue outside the main entrance. A picture of the statue is the perfect keepsake from your trip to Western Illinois, so stop by and snap a pic.
5. Band Concert
Don’t miss the WIU Marching Leathernecks pregame performance outside the student union. The concert starts an hour before kickoff and is an excellent way to get into the Leathernecks game day spirit.
6. Western Illinois-Illinois State Rivalry
You won’t want to miss it when the Leathernecks take on in-state rivals Illinois State. There is always a lot at stake when these two Missouri Valley Football Conference rivals meet as not only are bragging rights on the line but also games in the standings.
7. Soldier Plaques
Hanson Field is dedicated to the Western Illinois students who served in World War I and World War II, so check out the plaques dedicated to them. The plaques are located on the southwest side of the stadium and do a great job of honoring these men and women.
Rocky is the Western Illinois’s costumed mascot and is a fun part of any Leathernecks game. He gets into all kinds of antics at games, so don’t miss Rocky during your trip to Hanson Field.
Join the cheerleaders as they cheer on the Leathernecks to victory. The cheerleaders do a great job of riling up the crowd during the game, so join in and help the Leathernecks take home the W.
10. Western Illinois-Southern Illinois Rivalry
Make sure to in attendance when in-state rivals Southern Illinois and Western Illinois square off.. Both teams entered the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 1985, and since then they have developed quite the rivalry.