Northern Iowa Panthers Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Division I FCS

Head Coach: Mark Farley

Team Mascot: TC/TK Panther

Year Opened: 1976

Capacity: 16324

City / State: Cedar Falls / Iowa

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Northern Iowa Panthers vs North Dakota State Bison

Rival Team: North Dakota State Bison

UNI and NDSU are two of the most successful programs in the Missouri Valley Football Conference making every matchup in this rivalry a must-see. The two schools have won at least a share of last eight conference titles making every matchup between these two a can’t miss for FCS football fans.

Northern Iowa Panthers vs Southern Illinois Salukis

Rival Team: Southern Illinois Salukis

The UNI-Southern Illinois rivalry spans across several sports although few are as important as football. The Panthers and their fans hate losing to the Salukis, so get your tickets when Southern Illinois comes to town.

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Northern Iowa vs Iowa State and Iowa

Rival Team: Iowa State Cyclones and Iowa Hawkeyes

While the games may never take place at the UNI-Dome, Panthers fans love the opportunity to knock off in-state FBS schools Iowa and Iowa State. It’s always a thrilling game when the Panthers take on the big boys in the state, so don’t miss it when UNI takes on Iowa or Iowa State.

Northern Iowa Panthers Tailgate Guide


UNI not only allows tailgating it encourages it, and as a result, you’ll see lots of purple and gold outside the UNI-Dome on Saturdays in the fall. Panthers fans from all over the state come to Cedar Falls on game days to get down with other fans before the game and celebrate. You’ll see tents, grills, and coolers all over campus before games, so get here early and join in the fun.

Tailgating at UNI starts six hours before kickoff giving you plenty of time to enjoy yourself before the game. Those of you who are looking to get the most out of your tailgating experience will want to arrive early as the lots around the stadium fill up quickly.

Additionally, if you’re attending the homecoming game make sure to attend the parade in the morning. The parade is a fun way to get into the game day spirit as well as the perfect way to kick off your Panthers tailgate.

Tailgating is a big part of the football culture at UNI making it a must for anyone looking to get the full Panthers game day experience.


Homecoming Parade

If you’re returning to UNI for homecoming, then make sure to take in the homecoming parade before the game. The parade is a fantastic way to show off your UNI pride and get into the Panthers spirit before the game, so don’t miss it.

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Where to tailgate

Northern Iowa Panthers Stadium Guide

In Game

UNI fans are some of the most passionate fans in the FCS making a trip to Cedar Falls, Iowa a must for any college football fan. You’ll witness the incredible fan support before the game even starts as everyone in attendance is in their seat before kickoff ready to cheer on the Panthers. You also won’t want to miss your opportunity to take part in UNI’s famous interlude dance, so come prepared to get down during your visit to UNI.

The fans aren’t the only thing that makes attending a UNI game a fantastic experience. The band and spirit groups put on quite the show. The marching band keeps the crowd engaged with their tunes, and the cheerleaders will get everyone on their feet at key times throughout the game.

The football at UNI is pretty good too. The Panthers are one of the most successful teams in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, having won 33 conference championships and producing great players like Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner. UNI is typically near the top of conference meaning just about every Panthers game has playoff implications.

There are few better places to take in an FCS football game than the UNI-Dome, so start planning your trip to Cedar Falls today.

Things to check out

Athletic Hall of Fame

The UNI Athletic Hall of Fame between the McLeod Center and the UNI-Dome is a must-see for any college sports fan. The Hall of Fame contains a slew of trophies won by the Panthers over the years including an ESPY Award won by the school in 2010 for “Best Upset.” Take some time before the game to see the Hall of Fame and all it has to offer.

Student Section

The student section at a UNI football game is phenomenal as it's packed to the gills with die hard fans. UNI students go all out to support their team, and they even started the famous Interlude Dance back in 2011. Enjoy the atmosphere provided by the UNI students during your trip to Cedar Rapids.

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Panther Marching Band

The students aren’t the only ones who make lots of noise at Panthers games. The Panthers Marching Band also puts on an incredible display that you won’t soon forget. Whether you like traditional school songs or modern pop songs, you’ll enjoy the marching band’s performance at a UNI game.

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The UNI cheerleaders cheers and routines are a big part of any Panthers football game, so join in the cheers to show off your UNI pride. Stay in your seat when the cheerleaders take the field as you won’t want to miss these talented performers.

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TC and TK

If you see either of the Panthers mascots around the stadium, make sure to give them a high five. TC and TK get into all kinds of antics during the game and are a must-see for anyone in attendance.

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Fight Songs

  1. UNI Fight Song

    Hail our Panthers we are ever loyal,
    Showing strength and unity.
    As we rise we firmly stand behind you,
    Urge you onto victory!
    RAH! RAH! RAH!

    As you lead us onto fame and honor,
    Will be our cry.
    So give us a yell (ho!)
    the Purple and the Gold,
    Victory for UNI!
    U-N-I Fight!
    U-N-I Fight!

  2. UNI Alma Mater

    UNI O Alma Mater
    Hear our voices now in song;
    Hail to thee, O state of plenty,
    Thou has raised it proud and strong.

    True in spirit, strong in knowledge
    UNI, we sing in homage.
    Hail to thee, O Alma Mater
    Our tomorrows shall be thine.
    From the hallowed halls of learning,
    Rising from the fertile land;
    Guide to fame thy sons and daughters,
    In the pattern on thy hand.

Northern Iowa Panthers Bars & Restaurants

  1. Zsavooz


    A family-friendly atmosphere with warm service, great food and cold beer!

    206 Brandilynn Blvd, Cedar Falls, IA 50613, USA

    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $

  2. The Hydrant


    American bar & grill proud to serve great food to families, students, and friends.

    2002 College St, Cedar Falls, IA 50613, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. Octopus


    Your friendly, neighborhood bar. Live music.

    2205 College St, Cedar Falls, IA 50613, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  4. The Library on the Hill

    Highlands Grill The Boathouse

    Amazing drinks, good food, and nice service.

    2222 College St, Cedar Falls, IA 50613, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  5. Spicoli’s Rockade

    Spicolis Rockade

    Live Music. Cold Drinks. Video games, pinball, pool, darts and more!

    3555 University Ave, Waterloo, IA 50701, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  6. Buzz’s Bar

    Criterion beer Mazzys Brewballs Cogans Deli Sports Pub Kamikazes Libbys Bar Grill Knot Pub Cara Irish Mess Hall

    Friendly atmosphere with cold beer.

    1016 Maynard Ave, Waterloo, IA 50701, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  7. Toad’s Bar & Grill

    Toads Bar Grill burger fries

    Great food, fun & service!

    204 Main St, Cedar Falls, IA 50613, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  8. Damon’s Sports Bar & Grill

    beer burger

    Great drinks and a cool place to watch sports on TV!

    2112-2122 Kimball Ave, Waterloo, IA 50702, USA

    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $

  9. Montage

    Montage steak wine

    Upscale bar & restaurant with globally inspired American fare, sleek decor & a rooftop patio.

    222 Main St, Cedar Falls, IA 50613, USA

    Bar website

    american - steakhouse - $$

  10. Cedar Falls Family Restaurant

    Cedar Falls Family Restaurant

    Serves good food with reasonable prices and as much better service.

    2627 Center St, Cedar Falls, IA 50613, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  11. J’s Homestyle Cooking

    Js Homestyle Cooking Thomas House Restaurant Stone Sparrow Cafe breakfast Donzelles

    J's Homestyle Cooking offers simple and unpretentious food, just like the spread you'd enjoy at grandmothers house.

    1724 W 31st St, Cedar Falls, IA 50613, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  12. Whiskey Road

    Whiskey Road burger fries

    Features an American Fusion menu as well as offer an extensive Whiskey Selection with over 150 to choose from, plus a Great Beer and Drink Menu.

    402 Main St, Cedar Falls, IA 50613, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$