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Redbird Athletics

We are the Redbirds

Over 400 Illinois State student athletes compete in 19 sports, primarily in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Redbirds have taken home nine team and individual national championships, hundreds of All-American honors and more than 160 MVC league titles. Led by the award winning Red Alert student section, fans pack the stands on gameday helping make Illinois State one of the toughest places to play in the Midwest.

Red Alert

The Red Alert student section is the voice and passion supporting the student-athletes in the stands. Your Red Alert membership includes a ticket to all regular season home football and men's basketball games, and a prime spot at all other Redbird Athletics events. Be sure to arrive early for the best seat and chances to receive giveaways! Space fills up fast and your voice is needed.

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Reggie Redbird

Since 1960, our feathered friend, Reggie Redbird, has been on the sidelines for Illinois State. While he's been a staple for the Redbirds, it wasn't until 1981 when he finally took on the name of "Reggie" after baseball hall of famer Reggie Jackson.

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Big Red Marching Machine

It's more than a band, it's a machine. Illinois State's Big Red Marching Machine has a storied history of being one of the top marching bands in the Midwest. Beyond entertaining crowds at Hancock Stadium, BRMM has taken home countless awards including Best Overall Band in the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2017.

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