The Redbirds are one win away from a trip to the FCS championship game in Frisco, Texas.

Illinois State fans across the country will be watching Saturday, December 20, when the visiting Redbirds take on No. 1 New Hampshire. Here’s everything you need to know for the big game:

Redbird head logoTEAM SEND-OFF

Fans will be able to wish the players good luck and send them off to New Hampshire in style.

The team send-off will be Friday, December 19, outside the Kaufman Football Building, near Hancock Stadium. Fans are urged to arrive by 9:15 a.m., and greet players as they begin to load the buses to head to the airport at 9:55 a.m. Parking will be available in the Ropp Lot (lot G-83), adjacent to where the buses will be parked.

alumni at the Redbird watch party

Denver area alumni at a Redbird watch party this season.


Nearly 20 official Redbird football watch parties are planned across the U.S., including several in Bloomington-Normal, Chicagoland, Denver, Dallas, St. Louis, Atlanta, and New Orleans.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Central time. Registrations aren’t required for any of these events, but plan on arriving early since space is not guaranteed. Check out the full list of watch parties.

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Can’t make it to a Redbird watch party? The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU and streamed live on smart phones and tablets via the WatchESPN app.

You can also listen to the game on


For the latest game previews and fan information, follow the Redbirds on Twitter (@ISURedbirds) and Facebook. The Birds are also on Snapchat (“isuredbirds”) and Instagram.

Tag all of your posts, tweets, and photos with the official hashtag #BacktheBirds.