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Tailgating a fan favorite for Redbird football

Students tailgating in the parking lot in front of Hancock Stadium

Redbird fans enjoy tailgating activities in front of Hancock Stadium during Homecoming weekend.

Enjoy tailgating at Illinois State University as we get ready to cheer on the Redbirds football team!

Tailgating is allowed in designated campus parking lots before every Illinois State home football game this season. Redbird fans can park their car, truck, tent, grill, bag chairs, and other gear in a campus parking space with a valid tailgating parking permit.

Tailgating will be allowed only in designated parking lots with a valid tailgating permit. Presale public tailgating permits are currently available at the Redbird ticket office and online through the Athletics website. Donor lot parking spaces are assigned by Athletics. Donations to the Weisbecker Scholarship fund benefit student-athletes. All tailgating spaces in the F43 parking lot will be sold on the day of the game only.

Each tailgating permit allows the permit holder one individual parking space in the lot. Driving lanes are maintained for campus safety and emergency vehicles. Please keep all tailgating gear behind the red parking space boundary. Additional parking permits may be purchased to extend your tailgate area. A limit of five permits can be reserved per person. Depending on arrival, adjoining parking spaces cannot be guaranteed. Please have your tailgating permit or print at home ticket ready for validation when you enter the parking lot. Duplicated permits will be turned away.

Tailgating lots for home football games will open at 7 a.m. for afternoon games and noon for evening games. Any cars left in tailgating lots from midnight until 7 a.m. on game day may be ticketed or towed before the event. Tailgating activities will end 90 minutes after the end of the game. Vehicles can remain during open parking hours.

Alcohol possession and consumption are restricted to those 21 years of age and older. Please follow university rules and regulations for a safe and enjoyable tailgating event. The clear bag policy will apply for those attending the football game at Hancock Stadium.

Athletics tickets and football parking can be purchased online at GoRedbirds.com, by phone at (309) 438-8000, or in person at the Illinois State Athletics Ticket Office.

Go Redbirds!

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