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Hancock Stadium is home to Illinois State's Redbird Football team.


For nearly four decades, Hancock Stadium has managed to maintain its 'old fashioned football' tradition of keeping the fans on top of the game while moving forward with continuing enhancements for those who play, coach, or watch Redbird football.

The fans are still close to the action, but improvements like artificial turf, the finest in scoreboards, and a state-of-the-art sound system provide the kind of atmosphere that makes playing--or watching--in Hancock Stadium a memorable experience.

Illinois' first college football facility with artificial turf (1969), Hancock Stadium is named for former Illinois State athletics director Dr. Howard Hancock, Redbird football coach from 1931-44, athletics director from 1931-63, and a revered pioneer in college athletics.

From their inception in the 1970s until the late 1990s, Hancock Stadium also played host to the Illinois High School Association's championship football games. The first football game at Hancock was played Sept. 28, 1963, as Illinois State played host to Indiana State.

Since 2000, the 15,000-seat facility has featured the Kaufman Football Building at its northeast corner--the spacious, versatile, well-equipped home for Redbird football players, coaches and staff.

Redbird football facilities are as convenient as they are comfortable. Adjacent to Hancock are the 45,000-square-foot indoor practice facility inside Horton Field House and a lush grass practice facility, which is available exclusively to Redbird football.


  • From I-55, take exit 165, U.S. 51-South Main St., south to College Ave.
  • From I-39, exit at I-55 east, and the first exit is 165.
  • From I-74, follow I-55 North to exit 165.
  • From the airport, turn left on Empire (Rt. 9) for approximately two miles, right on Veteran's Parkway for approximately four miles, left on College Ave., for approximately six miles.

Hancock Stadium is on the northwest corner of College Ave., and Main St., two miles south of exit 165.

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