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2016 Redbird football schedule released, season tickets on sale

Jake Kolbe

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.