The eastern sidelines of the football field at Hancock Stadium are fenced in as renovations continue to the new grandstand that is part of the stadium's $25 million project. (Photo courtesy GoRedbirds.com)
By Eric Stock
NORMAL - Illinois State football's annual spring game on April 27 will have a different look this year.
Because of renovations to Hancock Stadium, the team can't live scrimmage on the field, so coach Brock Spack said they'll open up the field to fans for a live practice session
"The fans will be able to come on the field and watch us demonstrate drills for them and go through some situations that happen in football games. I think they'll have a lot more fun than watching a boring spring game. I think the players will have a lot more fun," Spack said.
Spack said if weather permits, the team will run plays for the fans on the grass practice field northwest of the stadium after the practice at Hancock.
"This is what college practices are more like," Spack said.
ISU Athletics and the Weisbecker Scholarship Fund will host a renovation Open House beginning at 11 a.m. It will take place inn the north end zone to provide fans a close up of the $25 million renovation project which will include a new east side grandstand and press box.
ISU officials say the stadium will be ready for the Redbirds' Sept. 21 home opener against Abilene Christian.