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Illinois State Football Tickets

At the FCS level, you never know where the next great powerhouse program is going to come from. In recent years, the Illinois State Redbirds have made a fast ascent up the hierarchy and become a serious football powerhouse. While traditionally, cheap Illinois State football tickets have been easy to find, that’s quickly changing. The Redbirds have found consistency and become one of the top teams in the Missouri Valley Conference year after year, increasing the demand for last-minute Illinois State football tickets.

Back in the Day

The history of Illinois State football can be traced all the way back to 1887. Of course, most of the program’s history has been largely unspectacular. However, stadium namesake Howard Hancock helped the Redbirds find success for the first time, winning three conference titles between 1937 and 1941. Unfortunately for Illinois State, the football program failed to pick up much momentum after that until the end of the 20th century when the Redbirds made the FCS Playoffs for the first time.

Learning to Fly

The trajectory of Illinois State football changed forever in 2009 when the Redbirds hired Brock Spack as the head coach. By 2011, Spack turned the Redbirds into a top-25 program, and in 2012 he led Illinois State to the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs. In 2014, the Redbirds reached new heights, winning the Missouri Valley Conference championship for just the second time in program history and the first time in 15 years. Illinois State made it all the way to the FCS Championship Game that year, losing in heartbreaking fashion to North Dakota State 29-27. Despite the loss, that magical season was a game-changer for the Redbirds. It made them a noteworthy program at the FCS level and showed what Illinois State football is capable of achieving.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where Does Illinois State Football Play?

The Redbirds play their home games at Hancock Stadium, which is located on the ISU campus in Normal, Illinois. The stadium opened in 1963 and is named after former Illinois State coach and athletic director Howard Hancock. It was the first college football stadium to feature artificial turf, although the turf has since been replaced when the stadium underwent renovations. The current capacity of Hancock Stadium is a little over 13,000 fans, although it was designed with possible expansions in mind.

When do Illinois State tickets go on sale?

Cheap Illinois State tickets to games played at Hancock Stadium are available months in advance, as are Illinois State tickets for away games. In other words, there’s no rush to check Illinois State’s schedule. Just grab tickets whenever you’ve got the itch.

Is it better to buy Illinois State tickets in advance?

With Illinois State tickets being available so far ahead of time, it’s easy to buy tickets whenever you want to – but there’s little need to plan ahead. You can often get cheap last-minute tickets to Illinois State games by waiting to make your purchase until the very last minute. As game day gets closer and sellers drop their prices, fans reap the benefits.

What’s the best way to buy cheap Illinois State tickets?

The best way to buy cheap Illinois State tickets is always going to be from a secure online platform that connects fans and resellers. These ticket marketplaces often have some of the cheapest ticket prices and are the easiest way to shop for Illinois State tickets. Can you buy Illinois State tickets at the stadium? Sure – but you’ll likely be paying a higher price than you need to!  

Why should I choose Gametime over other ticket marketplaces?

Ticket marketplaces are the best place to find sports tickets. And when it comes to cheap Illinois State tickets, Gametime is a no-brainer. Seats bought through us are affordable because we charge some of the lowest service fees anywhere. On top of that, we show you the view from the seats you’re shopping for thanks to our panoramic seat view photos. You’ll never have to buy seats blind with Gametime – you’ll know what your view at Hancock Stadium will be before you buy those cheap Illinois State tickets. So the next time you’re in the market for cheap Illinois State tickets, turn to Gametime.

How much are Illinois State Football tickets?

Illinois State ticket prices will differ depending on a number of factors. Generally speaking, the average ticket price for Illinois State tickets is around $45 a ticket. But you can be looking at a few hundred dollars more, depending on the opponent, stage of play, and demand. 

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