Atmosphere

Tailgating at Iowa State is a huge part of game day. The average tailgate attendance is 10-15% over the actual game attendance and for big games that number can get as high as 40% over the actual game attendance. Cyclones fans live and breathe tailgating, so get to the stadium early as the gates open up six hours before kickoff to get the most out of your game day experience at Iowa State.

School pride is alive and well at Iowa State as everyone you’ll see on game day is decked out in cardinal and gold. The parking lots located right next to Jack Trice Stadium are massive as all you’ll see when arriving at the stadium is a sea of cardinal and gold tents and grills. Tailgating at Iowa State is easy and fun with many tailgaters setting up large tents fully equipped with TVs, grills, and in some cases even dance floors. On an average game day, there are approximately 300 RVs and over 10,000 parked cars meaning there will be plenty of fellow fans for you to get down and party with.

If tailgating isn’t your scene though don’t fear as Ames offers plenty of places to grab a quick drink or bite to eat before the game. The two main areas to explore are Campustown (Welch Avenue/Northwest of the stadium) and downtown (Northeast of the stadium). At both these locations, you’ll find a wide variety of bars and restaurants all within walking distance to Jack Trice Stadium.

Whether you want to spend the day tailgating from dawn ‘til dusk or just want to grab a quick drink before the game with some friends you’ll have a great time at an Iowa State tailgate, which offers the best of both worlds.

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Cyclone Tailgate Tour

Tailgating at Iowa State is a huge part of game day. The average tailgate attendance is 10-15% over the actual game attendance and for big games that number can get as high as 40% over the actual game attendance. Cyclones fans live and breathe tailgating, so get to the stadium early as the gates open up six hours before kickoff to get the most out of your game day experience at Iowa State.

School pride is alive and well at Iowa State as everyone you’ll see on game day is decked out in cardinal and gold. The parking lots located right next to Jack Trice Stadium are massive as all you’ll see when arriving at the stadium is a sea of cardinal and gold tents and grills. Tailgating at Iowa State is easy and fun with many tailgaters setting up large tents fully equipped with TVs, grills, and in some cases even dance floors. On an average game day, there are approximately 300 RVs and over 10,000 parked cars meaning there will be plenty of fellow fans for you to get down and party with.

If tailgating isn’t your scene though don’t fear as Ames offers plenty of places to grab a quick drink or bite to eat before the game. The two main areas to explore are Campustown (Welch Avenue/Northwest of the stadium) and downtown (Northeast of the stadium). At both these locations, you’ll find a wide variety of bars and restaurants all within walking distance to Jack Trice Stadium.

Whether you want to spend the day tailgating from dawn ‘til dusk or just want to grab a quick drink before the game with some friends you’ll have a great time at an Iowa State tailgate, which offers the best of both worlds.

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CyRide Moonlight Express

Appropriately nicknamed the “drunk bus” by Iowa State students, the Moonlight Express can be seen driving through the streets of Ames, packed with partying students. The lucky few will catch a bus full of students partaking in a drunken rendition of “Sweet Caroline” or some favorite ISU chants.

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Spirit Walk

Before every Cyclones game you’ll have the chance to come face to face with your favorite players as they march into the stadium from the bus.

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