The Illinois State Athletics Department will serve as host to the 17th annual Taste of Redbirds on Saturday, February 8, before the Redbird men’s basketball team takes on Indiana State at 7 p.m. on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena.

The pregame Taste of Redbirds at Horton Field House will take place from 4–6:30 p.m.

Entrance to the Taste of Redbirds is free. Tickets for purchasing food, soda, and water are $1 each and will be sold starting one hour before the event on the east concourse of Horton Field House, and then inside the field house when the doors open at 4 p.m. Food vendors charge between one and four tickets for their food items.

Redbird Sports Properties partner food vendors will be offering a variety of items at the Taste of Redbirds, including Avanti’s, Denny’s Doughnuts, Jason’s Deli, Moe’s, Noodles & Co., Papa John’s, Tony Roma’s, and more. Additionally, attendees 21 years of age and up can enjoy beer and wine in the beer garden.

The event will also host a trunk show with vendors selling licensed Illinois State merchandise. Trunk show vendors include Alamo II, Weibring Golf Club Pro Shop, Jack Lewis Jewelers, and BEER Nuts Brand Snacks.

The Reggie’s Kids Club Fun Zone will have activities for children including a Fun on the Run Inflatable, and face painting by the Zoo Crew.

For questions about this promotion, or to buy tickets, please call the Redbird Athletics Ticket Office at (309) 438-8000 or visit