The Illinois State Redbirds are hitting the road to take on their in-state rivals, the Northwestern Wildcats, and all Illinois State alumni and friends are invited to help cheer on the ‘Birds.

Redbird tailgate

Before the game, join the Illinois State University Alumni Association and Redbird Athletics for a fun tailgate and pep rally at Canal Shores Golf Course. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet many of Illinois State University’s top administrators, network with alumni and friends, and enjoy some Redbird football.

When: 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, September 10
Where: Canal Shores Golf Course, 1030 Central Street, Evanston

Cost of tailgate is $40. This includes lunch buffet from Ten Mile House, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. Register by Tuesday, August 30, or until capacity is reached online at or contact Alumni Relations at (309) 438-2586 or (800) 366-4478.

Parking is very limited around Northwestern’s Ryan Field. Spaces are available through Illinois State Alumni Relations for advanced purchase at $30 per vehicle on the 12th hole of Canal Shores Golf Course, directly across from the tailgate.

Registration for the tailgate is required in order to purchase a parking space. Parking spaces are first-come, first serve. Parking passes can be purchased by calling Alumni Relations directly at (309) 438-2586 or (800) 366-4478.

Canal Shores is also located steps from the CTA purple line Central Station stop with train service available every 12 to 14 minutes.

Football tickets

The Illinois State section has sold out, but plenty seats are still available in Section 133, located next to the Illinois State seating (Section 134) and throughout the stadium. Game tickets are $40 and can be purchased through Northwestern’s ticket office. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. at Ryan Field, about a 7-minute walk from the tailgate location.

Those interested in learning more about becoming a season ticket holder or donor to the Weisbecker Scholarship Fund, need special accommodations or have ticket questions, can contact the Redbird Ticket Office at (309) 438-8000.