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Get Your Taste Buds Ready For ISU's Annual Taste of Redbirds

January 21, 2014

NORMAL, Ill. – For the 11th year running, Illinois State Athletics will host the "Taste of Redbirds" in Horton Field House prior to the Illinois State-Drake men's basketball game Saturday, Feb. 1, on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena. All proceeds of the event benefit the Weisbecker Scholarship Fund.

This year's Taste of Redbirds will be held from 12:30-2:30 p.m., prior to the 3:05 p.m. tipoff for the Missouri Valley Conference contest dubbed as this season’s Retro Day. In honor of the day’s event, the ISU’s men’s team will be wearing replica I-state uniforms, similar to the uniforms worn by the 1972-73 team. 

Different from previous years, fans will now be asked to enter the Taste through Gates one and four of Hancock Stadium. The new gates are located on the Westside of Hancock Stadium, attached to Horton Field House. The entrance used in previous years will only be utilized as an exit to the arena before the start of the men’s basketball game.

Admission to the Taste is free, but $1 tickets for food and beverages (while supplies last) will be available for purchase at the event. Advance-purchase tickets will be made available at the men’s and women’s basketball games against Wichita State held on Jan. 22 and Jan. 25. Participating local vendors include Alexander's Steakhouse, Avanti's Italian Restaurant, Bandanas Bar-B-Q, Beer Nuts, Benchwarmer’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, D. P. Dough, Denny's Doughnuts and Bakery, Elroy’s and Moe's Southwest Grill,  with potential for more to be added prior to the event.

In addition, Reggie’s Fun Zone will be accessible in the field house, including inflatables provided by Fun on the Run and face painting by The Zoo Lady. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase Redbird gear at the Taste from The Alamo II. The ISU pep band will cap off the event with a performance just prior to 2:30 p.m.

For more information on the Taste of Redbirds, please visit or call (309) 438-3803. Tickets for this game can be purchased online at, by-phone at (309) 438-8000 or in-person at one of the ISU Athletics Ticket Offices located either at Redbird Arena or Hancock Stadium, open Monday thru Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.