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Photos: Redbird cheerleader uniforms, then and now

Illinois State’s cheerleading team will be front and center on Saturday, September 21, as the Redbirds christen the new Hancock Stadium.

The Redbird cheerleaders have sported a lot of different looks over the years, including the last 50 on the sidelines at Hancock. (The current uniforms have been around since 2010, designed and ordered through Varsity Spirit.) To pay tribute to the various uniforms worn by Redbird cheerleaders over the years, the STATEside crew dove into the Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield Archives to find some historic photos.

Enjoy our photo gallery below, and don’t forget to buy your tickets to opening night on Saturday:

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Ryan Denham is a writer for University Marketing and Communications (UMC) and editor of the STATEside campus blog. UMC serves as a creative agency handling Illinois State’s messaging to internal and external audiences through marketing, publications, social networking, photography, and videography.