1. 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.
2. UNI-NDSU Rivalry
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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
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.
7. UNI-Southern Illinois Rivalry
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.
8. 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.
9. Open Tailgating Lots
Except for the west lot, part of the south lot, and the WRC metered lot, all other lots are first come first served when it comes to tailgating. Arrive early, and set up for a full day of tailgating before a UNI game.
10. In State Rivals
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.