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Hancock Stadium
Hancock Stadium
ILST vs SDSU Homecoming 2014
LocationN Main St & W Locust St
Normal, IL 61761
Coordinates40°30?43?N 88°59?48?W / 40.51194°N 88.99667°W / 40.51194; -88.99667Coordinates: 40°30?43?N 88°59?48?W / 40.51194°N 88.99667°W / 40.51194; -88.99667
OwnerIllinois State University
OperatorIllinois State University
Capacity13,391 (2013-present)[1]
7,700 (2012)[2]
9,500 (2011)
11,500 (2010)
14,000 (2008-2009)
15,000 (1977-2007)
18,000 (1963-1976)
Renovated1969 (added turf), 2013
Construction cost$20 million (renovations)[1]
ArchitectBDMD Architects (renovations)
Illinois State athletic facilities page

Hancock Stadium is a 13,391-seat[1]multi-purpose stadium in Normal, Illinois. It opened in 1963.[3] It is home to the Illinois State University Redbirds football team.


ISU vs. Drake at Hancock Stadium

Opened in 1963 and named after Illinois State's former athletic director Dr. Howard Hancock. In 1969, Hancock Stadium became Illinois' first college stadium that featured artificial turf as its playing surface.[3] The artificial turf was replaced most recently in 2010 and a new scoreboard was installed.[4]

For many years, Hancock Stadium was the home of the Illinois High School football championships. The games moved in 1999.


In 2000 the Kaufman Football Building was opened.[3] This facility is now the home to the players and coaches. In recent years, Redbird football has enjoyed a resurgence of spirit and success, all bringing attention to the ailing facility. Under the leadership of athletic director (Gary Friedman) and university president (Dr. Al Bowman), plans detailing the Hancock Stadium Stadium renovations were unveiled in 2011.

The plans boast upgrades to the design of the new east-side grandstand, bleacher-back seating on the entire new east-side grandstand, wide and spacious concourse, entirely new concession and restroom facilities, premium seating options, including 500+ chairback club seats, 5,500 sq. ft, indoor club accessible to club seat holders and 7 suites, state-of-the-art press level above the indoor club, Redbird Team Store, where fans can purchase ISU gear, a brand new ticket office to improve the fan experience on game days, and a new sound system and scoreboard (if funding allows).[5] Newly renovated Hancock Stadium's capacity is 13,391[1] The estimated cost of the Hancock Stadium renovation is $20 million.[6]

In the summer of 2011, the south bleachers of the stadium were removed to potentially start the first phase of renovations. Also fiberglass bleachers are a thing of the past, as new metal bleachers were installed on the west side of Hancock Stadium in August 2011.[7]

Eye to the Future

The design of the new east-side grandstand takes into account possible future growth and expansion.[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "No. 24 Redbirds Re-Open Hancock Stadium Against Abilene Christian". Illinois State University Department of Athletics. September 17, 2013. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ "No. 19 Redbirds Set To Open Season vs. Dayton". Illinois State University Department of Athletics. August 29, 2012. Archived from the original on August 31, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "Hancock Stadium". Illinois State University Department of Athletics. Archived from the original on February 10, 2014. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ "Hancock Stadium - Turf Replacement". Illinois State University. Archived from the original on February 3, 2010. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Why Build". Illinois State University Department of Athletics. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ Reinhardt, Randy (September 27, 2011). "ISU's Hancock Stadium to Get $20 Million Upgrade". The Pantagraph. Bloomington, IL. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ http://wjbc.com/tags/hancock-stadium/page/4/

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