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CANCELLED: Alumni discounts for Gamma Phi Circus

students sitting around parade float

Members of Gamma Phi Circus at the Macy's 2019 Thanksgiving Day parade.

This year’s Gamma Phi Circus is cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation and the Illinois governor’s ban on events with over 250 people. The health and safety of our student performers, staff, and audience members is always our top priority. 

If you would like a refund for tickets purchased through the Redbird Arena Ticket Office, please call (309) 438-8000 or email If you would like a refund for group tickets for the morning show, please contact Conference Services at (309) 438-2160.  

All proceeds from tickets not refunded will be a donation to the Gamma Phi Circus General Fund. If you would like a receipt for tax purposes, please contact Rainie Themer at (309) 438-2937. 

Join Illinois State University for the annual Gamma Phi Circus spring shows, a Sibling Weekend tradition that features performances by the oldest collegiate circus in the nation.

This year marks the 91st anniversary of the founding of Gamma Phi at Illinois State University in 1929 by Clifford “Pop” Horton. Fall in love with the music of the past and present reimagined by Gamma Phi Circus as they take you on an exciting adventure through the World of Music. Priority seating and ticket rates are offered to alumni and families for a limited time. Order your tickets and plan to make your way to the Redbird Big Top for World of Music.

When: 7 p.m. Friday, April 17, and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 18
Where: Redbird Arena


Special rates and priority seating for alumni (sections 116-119) are available for early purchase only through April 10. Alumni tickets are $18, $16 for students 13 and up, $12 for children ages 3-12, and free for children ages 2 and under if no seating is needed.

Order show tickets at using the code ALUMNI or by calling the Redbird Ticket Office at (309) 438-8000.

Please note that Redbird Arena follows a clear bag policy that limits the size and types of bags that can brought into the venue. Review the types of bags that can be carried before joining the Gamma Phi Circus.

Related Article: Cancelled: Gamma Phi Circus alumni reception Gamma Phi Circus alumni are invited to the annual reception prior to Saturday night's performance.

Matinee Carnival

Student Alumni Council will sponsor its ninth annual pre-show Carnival on the Redbird Arena concourse, beginning at noon prior to the 1 p.m. Saturday matinee show on April 18. This popular Sibling Weekend event is kid-approved and open to everyone that has a youth ticket to the matinee show.


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