Atmosphere

Iowa City is party central, and there is no denying it, the fans simply won’t let you deny it.  They come out with more cases of beer than you can fathom and finish each one before game time.  Iowa fans can flat out drink, and the parking lots can’t even contain it.  If you’re looking for the heart of it, head on over to Melrose Street for some of the best keggers in the town.  Melrose Street is the best place for the younger crowd and even if you’re not looking to take five years off of your liver, it’s a great place to people watch.  

On Melrose you’ll also find a myriad of food vendors to fuel up at before you head into the game. Iowa is a great place to try all kinds of fried and salty foods, along with meat on a stick and Iowa’s Longest Brat.  The local favorite for a pre-game snack is without a doubt the giant Turkey leg, so make sure to grab one during your visit to Iowa City.  

Another great spot to check out is the Magic Bus.  The Magic Bus is referred to as the number one tailgating spot at Kinnick.  The bus is operated by the rugby club, and the rugby club knows how to get pretty rowdy pretty quick.  The bus features a full stage on top of the roof and bands play here to entertain the masses and creates an impromptu rock concert before the game starts.

If you’re looking for a more family-friendly option then stop by the Hawkeye Band pregame concert. The band strikes up a pregame concert at the Recreation Building an hour and a half before the game. The concert is a great way to warm yourself up before the game both mentally and physically, so make sure to check it when attending a Hawkeyes games.

No matter how wild you’re looking to party, you’ll have a great time tailgating in Iowa City where you’ll find plenty of drinks, food, and Hawkeyes pride to create an unforgettable tailgating experience.

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Magic Bus

The Magic Bus is referred to as the number one tailgating spot at Kinnick. The bus is operated by the rugby club, and the rugby club knows how to get pretty rowdy pretty quick. The bus features a full stage on top of the roof and bands play here to entertain the masses and creates an impromptu rock concert before the game starts.

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Hawkeye Band Pregame Concert

The band strikes up a pregame concert at the Recreation Building an hour and a half before the game. The concert is a great way to warm yourself up before the game both mentally and physically, so make sure to check it when attending a Hawkeyes games.

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Nile Kinnick Statue

Stop by and snap a picture with the Nile Kinnick Statue during your trip to Iowa. The statue honors the Hawkeyes only Heisman Trophy winner and is located outside the south side of the stadium, so make sure to check it out.

Hawkapalooza and Fryfest

During the week leading up to the first game of the season, the Hawkeyes hold not one but two pregame celebrations. On Thursday everyone comes out for the Hawkapalooza pep rally and then on Friday there is, even more, celebrating to do at Fryfest. If you’re attending the first Hawkeyes game of the year, then arrive early and get into the Hawkeyes spirit by attending these two events.

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Where to tailgate

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