Iowa Hawkeyes Overview

Fast facts

League: Division I (NCAA)

Head Coach: Fran McCaffery

Team Mascot: Herky the Hawk

Year Opened: 1983

Capacity: 15056

City / State: Iowa City / Iowa

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Iowa vs Iowa State

Rival Team: Iowa State Cyclones

Arguably the biggest in-state collegiate sports rivalry, the Iowa-Iowa State games are a must see regardless of the sport. The two have been meeting on the hardwood since 1909 when the Hawkeyes defeated the Cyclones 30-27. Iowa leads the all-time series 44-26, but you’ll be in for a show whenever these two get together, so don’t miss an Iowa-Iowa State game.

Iowa vs Minnesota

Rival Team: Minnesota Golden Gophers

There’s a fierce rivalry between Iowa and Minnesota that extends to the basketball court as well. These two teams and fan bases hate each other and want bragging rights no matter what the sport, so if you want to see a hotly contested matchup then make sure to be in attendance when the Gophers come to town.

Iowa vs Wisconsin

Rival Team: Wisconsin Badgers

The Hawkeyes and Badgers have an intense rivalry on the gridiron that has made its way over to the hardcourt. There is always a lot at stake when the Badgers and Hawkeyes meet, so come out to support the Hawkeyes when the hated Badgers come to visit.

Iowa Hawkeyes Stadium Guide

In Game

While people in Ames may disagree, the Hawkeyes are the pride and join of Iowa and just like with football and wrestling you’ll find incredible support for the Hawkeyes basketball team. The fans here adore their team and come out in strong numbers to support them no matter how the team is doing. Iowa fans are also very friendly and even if you’re a fan of the opposing team they’ll be more than happy to talk about their team. Just expect some good natured ribbing though if you’re a fan of rival teams like the Cyclones, Gophers, or Badgers.

No matter where you’re sitting, you’ll have an excellent view of all the action. There isn’t a bad seat in the house at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and the fact four video boards are hanging up around the arena means you’ll be able to see replays clearly from everywhere as well.

Around the arena, you’ll also find nice tributes to the Hawkeyes history in a variety of sports including basketball, wrestling, and volleyball. There are banners commemorating championships hanging from the rafters, and there are several displays on the concourse showcasing the best players and teams in program history as well.

Carver-Hawkeye Arena provides a great game day experience that will have you wanting to come back again, so make sure to get your tickets soon.

Things to check out

Dan Gable Statue

If you’re a wrestling fan then you’ll want to stop by the Dan Gable statue outside of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Gable is the most successful coach in the history of college wrestling and played a pivotal role in Iowa becoming one of the premier wrestling programs in the country. Snap a pic with the statue honoring this legendary coach when visiting Carver-Hawkeye Arena.


Hanging from the rafters of Carver-Hawkeye Arena are banners honoring the greatest teams in Hawkeyes history. Not only will you find banners for the basketball team, but you’ll also see the Hawkeyes distinguished wrestling history on display as well. Take a minute to remember all the Hawkeyes accomplishments during your trip to Iowa.

Iowa Basketball Display

On the concourse, you’ll find a display dedicated to the rich history of Iowa basketball. The exhibit features pictures of all the best players in Hawkeyes history, so make sure to check it out.

Four Scoreboards

Rather than having one big Jumbotron over center court, the Hawkeyes have four video boards hanging around the arena. These video boards ensure that no matter where you’re sitting you’ll have an excellent view of all the replays, so if you want to see something again all you’ll have to do is look up.

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Herky the Hawkeye

Herky has been Iowa’s mascot since 1948 and made his first appearance a sporting event in 1959. At games, He entertains the crowd and gets everyone up and cheering, so keep an eye out for him as you never know where he’ll pop-up next.

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Spirit Squad

The Hawkeyes spirit squad is a big part of the Iowa basketball experience. The spirit squad keeps everyone in action during timeouts and performs a variety of cheers and chants throughout the game. They do an incredible job of engaging and energizing the crowd, so be on alert for the spirit squad.

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Pep Band

The Iowa pep band plays a variety of school songs including “On Iowa,” “Roll Along Iowa,” and of course “Iowa Fight Song.” The pep band’s music pumps up the crowd and team, so enjoy the band when attending an Hawkeyes game.

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Programs and Giveaways

Before each game fans are given a program and other giveaways. The program provides excellent info on the team, so even if you’re not up to date on the latest Iowa basketball happenings you’ll be caught up quickly.

Fight Songs

  1. Iowa Fight Song

    The word is “Fight! Fight! Fight! for IOWA,”
    Let every loyal Iowan sing;
    The word is “Fight! Fight! Fight! for IOWA,”
    Until the walls and rafters ring (Go Hawks!)
    Come on and cheer, cheer, cheer for IOWA,
    Come on and cheer until you hear the final gun.
    The word is “Fight! Fight! Fight! for IOWA,”
    Until the game is won.

  2. On Iowa

    On Iowa proudly at the fore
    On Iowa on for evermore
    Ev’ry loyal son will give
    A Rousing toast to you
    Ev’ry loyal daughter loves you true
    On Iowa with your wealth untold
    A heritage to us you did unfold
    Love of family, love of friend
    Love of country too
    Makes us proud for what you stand
    Our Dear Old Gold.

  3. Roll Along Iowa

    Roll along, Iowa, Roll down the field,
    On to victory!
    Roll along, Iowa, Don’t ever yield,
    Always a winner be!
    Get that ball, Give your all,
    For dear Old Gold,
    Raise her banner high!
    With firm endeavor,
    Roll on forever, U of I.

  4. Alma Mater

    Come all alums of Iowa, and blend your voices true;
    Sing praises to our Alma Mater, as good Hawkeyes do.
    Let’s keep within our hearts a fire to magnify her fame;
    Bring credit to these noble halls where glory and honor reign.
    The day is near when comrades here will bid farewell and part;
    But each Hawkeye carries on, thy spirit in his heart.
    Oh! Iowa, Iowa, we drink a toast to you;
    We pledge our everlasting love for dear old Iowa U.
    Alma Mater, Iowa.

  5. I-O-W-A chant




Iowa Hawkeyes Bars & Restaurants

  1. Sports Column

    Sports Column

    Longtime collegial hangout with classic bar food & daily drink specials, plus TVs showing sports.

    12 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  2. Pints


    With 18 craft beers on tap, numerous craft bottles, and a wide variety of top shelf liquors, they have a lot to offer at any hour of the day!

    118 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  3. Micky’s Irish Pub & Grill

    Mickys Irish Pub Grill

    Micky's is a local favorite, serving great sandwiches, burgers, salads and specialties in a neighborhood-style restaurant and bar.

    11 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA


    Bar website

    european - $

  4. Quintons Bar & Deli

    Quintons Bar and Deli

    Delicious grubs to go along with your cold drinks. Beautiful combination!

    215 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  5. The Vine Tavern & Eatery

    The Vine Tavern and Eatery

    With over 50 years of quality restaurant experience, The Vine Tavern & Eatery has become local’s favorite sports bar for any occasion.

    330 E Prentiss St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  6. Deadwood

    Deadwood beer

    Always a good idea to be here.

    6 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  7. The Fieldhouse


    Iowa City's legendary sports bar! Can't say you visit Iowa without visitng this one.

    111 E College St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  8. DC’s


    Iowa City's friendly confines.

    124 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  9. Summit


    10 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA


    Bar website

    american - cafe - $

  10. Marco’s Grilled Cheese

    Marcos Grilled Cheese

    Enjoy grilled cheese or quesadillas, with optional chicken or ham, all prepared fresh and hot.

    117 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  11. The Airliner

    The Airliner

    Lively Hawkeye-focused sports bar serving pizza & pub grub by the University of Iowa since 1944.

    22 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  12. Panchero’s Mexican Grill

    Pancheros Mexican Grill

    Burritos, tacos & quesadillas are made with freshly pressed tortillas at this Mexican chain outpost.

    32 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $

  13. Pagliai’s Pizza

    Pagliais Pizza

    Long-running neighborhood joint offering pizzas, sandwiches & spaghetti plus beer & wine.

    302 E Bloomington St, Iowa City, IA 52245, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  14. Hamburg Inn No. 2

    Hamburg Inn No two burger fries

    Decades-old, memorabilia-filled haunt serving up hearty American classics from morning to night.

    214 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  15. Mesa Pizza

    Mesa Pizza pizza

    Chill counter-serve parlor offering pizza by the slice, specialty pies, sandwiches & salads.

    114 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  16. Iowa Chop House

    Iowa Chop House

    Country-chic eatery with farm-to-table steak mains & burgers, plus a taproom with local craft beers.

    223 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA


    Bar website

    steakhouse - $$$

  17. Bluebird Diner

    Bluebird Diner

    Comfortable all-day eatery with a low-key, retro vibe & a menu of updated diner-style fare.

    330 E Market St, Iowa City, IA 52245, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  18. Falbo Bros. Pizzeria

    Falbo Bros Pizzeria

    Get ready for an absolutely unique pizza experience.

    457 S Gilbert St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  19. Joseph’s Steakhouse

    Josephs Steakhouse

    From ambience to service to food, the whole dining experience exceeded anyone's expectations.

    212 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA


    Bar website

    steakhouse - $$$