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Redbird Arena
Redbird Arena
Interior of Redbird Arena during a timeout during a game between the Illinois State University Redbirds and University of Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels on December 1, 2010
Location232 West College Avenue
Normal, IL 61761
Coordinates40°30?38.18?N 88°59?56.44?W / 40.5106056°N 88.9990111°W / 40.5106056; -88.9990111Coordinates: 40°30?38.18?N 88°59?56.44?W / 40.5106056°N 88.9990111°W / 40.5106056; -88.9990111
OwnerIllinois State University
OperatorIllinois State University
Broke groundMay 8, 1986[1]
OpenedJanuary 13, 1989[4]
Construction cost$17.4 million
($35.9 million in 2019 dollars[2])
ArchitectCRS Sirrine Inc.[3]
Structural engineerGeiger Engineers
General contractorC. Iber & Sons Inc.[3]
Illinois State Redbirds (NCAA)
Men's basketball (1989-present)
Women's basketball (1989-present)
Women's volleyball (1989-present)
Redbird Arena

Redbird Arena is a 10,200-seat multi-purpose arena located in Normal, Illinois, on the campus of Illinois State University. Built in 1989, the building is notable for its use of a Teflon-coated roof that gives off a "glow" during night events. Three Illinois State Redbirds athletic teams use the facility as their home court: men's basketball, women's basketball, and women's volleyball.[5]


Illinois State is one of just 10 college volleyball programs to draw more than 250,000 fans in the last decade.[6]

Students who enjoy men's basketball and sit in the student section often paint their faces red and wear red T-shirts and become part of "Red Alert", the official student spirit group of Illinois State athletics.


Redbird Arena boasts new scoreboards installed during the 2006-2007 basketball season. The center-hung scoreboard has four-sided HD video boards. They were initiated at the Bradley game when the court was named after ISU great Doug Collins.[7][8] For the 2011-2012 basketball season an HD video board between opposing benches courtside was installed. It was funded and named after sponsor Frontier Communications Company, that also provided new black leather chairs for players and coaches.


Redbird Arena has hosted a variety of Illinois High School Association events. It has been the home of the girls' volleyball tournament since 1990 and the girls' basketball tournament since 1992. It has also hosted the dual team portion of the state wrestling tournament and in 2006 hosted the inaugural state competitive cheerleading meet.[9]

See also


  1. ^ Marquardt, Susan (November 19, 1988). "So Long Horton...Hello Redbird Arena". The Pantagraph. Bloomington-Normal. p. 50. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800-". Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Redbird Arena". Structurae. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ Hanley, Brian (January 12, 1989). "Illinois State a Winner in Arena Debut". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2012.
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  6. ^ "Redbird Arena". Illinois State University Department of Athletics. May 12, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ Benson, Jim (February 4, 2007). "ISU Falls to Bradley". The Pantagraph. Bloomington-Normal. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ Benson, Jim (February 21, 2007). "Students Get Real-World Experience at ISU Games". The Pantagraph. Bloomington-Normal. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ Sharer, Randy (March 10, 2006). "Good Cheer Name of Game at Redbird". The Pantagraph. Bloomington-Normal. Retrieved 2015.

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