Athletic facilities and programs have historically played a big role in prospective students’ decision making process, especially in the recruitment and retention of student athletes. Illinois State University is betting on the proper welcoming the renovated Hancock Stadium will provide its visitors to improve its competitive opportunities and attract top talent. The location of this new facility makes it a major addition to the Main Street Corridor and reinforces its significance as one of the first landmarks prospective students and their families will see. FieldTurf playing surface will improve player performance while an LED scoreboard and state-of-the-art sound system are sure to provide the kind of atmosphere that will make an outing to Hancock Stadium an unforgettable experience.
The new ticket office with better functionality guarantees shorter lines, and the Redbird Team Store makes shopping for ISU gear a pleasurable experience. But the star of the project is the brand new east-side grandstand, with comfortable bleacher-back stadium seats, a wide and spacious concourse and entirely new concession and restroom facilities. The new venue will provide ample hospitality options including a variety of seven suites in addition to a Stadium Club. The newly renovated stadium, with a capacity close to 15,000, will arguably provide the best football fan experience in the Missouri Valley Conference.