The Illinois State football program is coming off consecutive trips to the FCS playoffs and will look to make it three in a row in 2016.

The 2016 schedule features six home games starting with Valparaiso in the season-opener September 3. The Redbirds will host Eastern Illinois in the 105th installment of the Mid-America classic September 17. Then Illinois State will feature consecutive Missouri Valley Football Conference opponents at Hancock Stadium with Youngstown State coming to town October 8 and Southern Illinois playing here October 15. South Dakota State will head to Normal October 29, and the Redbirds will close out the season with a home game versus Missouri State. Check out the full schedule on

Season tickets for the 2016 season are on sale now and start at $125 for adults and $75 for children ages 3–12. Tickets can be purchased on or by calling the ticket office at (309) 438-8000.