5 must-sees on Iowa State game day

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With the Homecoming football game this weekend against Toledo, there are many places to go and things to see on game day. It doesn’t matter what time the game is at; morning, afternoon or night, fans arrive hours or even a day before kickoff. Even though the game only lasts a few hours, tailgating is an all-day affair. Once you get up and dressed in your best Cyclone gear, here are a few things you must see.

  1. The RV Lot is located on the east side of the main parking lot. These decked out motor homes or busses will start arriving Friday morning before the game. In these lots you’ll find plenty of classic tailgating games like bags and ladder ball, TVs to watch the game on if you don’t have a ticket, and lots and lots of food. You may even catch this beauty in lot D3!

  2. The student lots can be found on University Blvd at both 4th and 16th Streets. These grassy areas are home to predominantly students for tailgating purposes. You’ll be able to locate different clubs and organizations tailgating there as well!

  3. The football team’s arrival at Jack Trice Stadium is a fun thing to be a part of. Fans will abandon their tailgates to join the cheerleaders and dance team to cheer on the team as they head to the locker rooms. Being able to see your favorite players up-close and dressed in nice suits makes this a must-see for the day.

  4. It’s the Cyclone Varsity Marching Band! That statement is one that must be heard both before the game and during halftime. Called the pride of Iowa State for a reason, our marching band is nationally known and has even been recognized by Rolling Stone magazine for their mind-blowing cover songs.

  5. WEATHER ALERT! WEATHER ALERT! No it’s not a real tornado, no need to seek shelter unless you’re a Rocket’s fan! The intro video for our football team is always filled with great past plays and Cyclone victories. Nothing makes you feel more ready for a football game than cheering on the players as they hit the field!

Game day is a big deal for Iowa State fans both on campus and from far away. No matter when the game and no matter what the temperature, Jack Trice Stadium is packed with some of the most loyal fans in the country. In 2013 the Cyclones played in record-setting temperatures with kickoff at first game of the season being 92°F and kickoff at the last game being 8°F. So put on the appropriate amount of clothing and get to the game this Saturday at 2:30 P.M.! Go Cyclones!

Posted by: Carly Crist