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Redbird Fan Fair on August 18 to kick off 2018 season

Child hits tennis ball with racket

Redbird fans take part in activities as last year's Fan Fair.

The 14th-annual Redbird Fan Fair will take place on Saturday, August 18 on the Illinois State campus, where fans have the opportunity to enjoy an Illinois State volleyball exhibition match, football scrimmage, carnival games, and music. Redbird Fan Fair serves as the official kickoff of the 2018 fall athletics season and all are invited to come celebrate a new year of Redbird Athletics. Free parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in lots surrounding Hancock Stadium and Redbird Arena.

The Illinois State volleyball team will start the day’s events with a home exhibition match versus DePaul at 1 p.m. Those who attend the game will have the opportunity to participate in a free kids clinic immediately following for kids 12 and under to learn volleyball skills from Illinois State volleyball players and coaches.

Redbird Fan Fair will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Hancock Stadium concourse. Student-athletes and coaches from Illinois State’s 19 varsity sports teams will be assisting in carnival games and activities, as well as signing autographs on a limited basis. The first 500 Reggie’s Kids Club members in attendance will also receive the official 2018 Reggie’s Kids Club t-shirt.

To conclude the day’s activities, fans have a chance to see 2018’s football team in action for the first time when they scrimmage on Hancock’s new turf at 4 p.m. The volleyball exhibition match is the only ticketed event, all other events on August 18 are free and open to the public.

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