Football fans will notice changes this season and again next fall, as Hancock Stadium undergoes its first major renovation since the facility opened in 1963. The facility’s east side will not be open this fall, and the stadium’s capacity will be reduced to 6,500 as the $25 million renovation begins.

The Redbird faithful will appreciate a new look in 2013. The renovation will provide a wealth of amenities, including bleacher-back seating on the entire east-side grandstand. With a wide and spacious concourse that features new concession and restroom facilities, Hancock Stadium will be the place for a fun-filled day of college football.

The renovation will also include premium seating options, with a 5,500- square-foot indoor club accessible to club seat holders and ticketed guests from seven premium suites. Club seat holders will have access to 500-plus chair-back club seats centrally located on the east side. Above the indoor club will be a state-of-the-art press box facility to better accommodate the promotion and coverage of Illinois State football.

The fan experience will also be enhanced with the new ticket office just off Main Street, along with a Redbird Team Store where fans can purchase Spread the Red merchandise.

Go online to for a virtual tour. Be part of this new era of Illinois State football! Contact the Illinois State Athletics Ticket Office at (309) 438-8000.