Arrive early for annual Iowa State-Iowa matchup

AMES, Iowa - Iowa's version of the Super Bowl is just days away. The Cyclones and the Hawkeyes will renew their intrastate football rivalry for the 57th time on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames. Kickoff is at 11 a.m.

ISU's Athletics Department is encouraging fans to come to all of this season's games early, so that their entrance into the stadium isn't delayed and they have an opportunity to enjoy some of the stadium's new features. That tip is even more important for the Iowa game, which ISU Assistant Athletics Director for Operations Nick Britton says will include traffic that features a large number of individuals who come to the event without a game ticket.

"If you don't leave home soon enough, you may miss kickoff," Britton says. "Allow more travel time than usual to get here, and extra time after your tailgate to enter the stadium. Planning ahead will help everyone to have fun and avoid frustration."

Take the roads less traveled

When 75,000 people descend on an area that's less than one square mile, and most of them know only one way to get there -- the University Boulevard exit off Highway 30 -- there are bound to be delays. Allow plenty of extra travel time and consider using alternate routes:
  • 13th Street exit off Interstate 35: Go west on 13th Street, proceed two miles to Grand Avenue, and take a left. Proceed to Lincoln Way. Take a right on Lincoln Way to University Boulevard; then turn left.
  • South Dakota Avenue exit off Highway 30: Turn north onto South Dakota Avenue. Turn right onto Mortensen Road. Proceed east on Mortensen to University Boulevard; then turn left.

Travel light

Stadium gates open at 9:30 a.m. You'll get into the game much more quickly carrying nothing but a ticket. Avoid bringing bags and large purses. There will be designated entry lanes at each gate for individuals who want to bring bags into the stadium, and those bags will be searched.

Be a courteous tailgater

Limit your tailgating to one parking space, and don't block the path for other vehicles to park. No glass bottles, kegs or open fires are allowed in parking lots.

These items are NOT allowed in Jack Trice Stadium:

  • Alcohol
  • Artificial noisemakers
  • Backpacks, fanny packs and larger purses
  • Beach balls
  • Professional-grade cameras or video cameras
  • Chair backs or stadium seats (cushions are OK)
  • Coolers or containers
  • Food and beverages
  • Pets
  • Strollers
  • Umbrellas
  • Weapons

Public parking

Public parking lots at Jack Trice Stadium open at 5 a.m. Saturday. Officials prefer that parking stalls be used by fans who have tickets to the game. Public parking near the stadium is $15 for cars and $20 to $30 for RVs and buses. Medical accessible parking is located in Lot S-2. Those entering public parking lots may be directed on to another area to allow for emergency vehicles and team bus traffic.

Donor (Cyclone Club) parking

Cyclone Club parking, which also opens at 5 a.m., is located directly adjacent to and north of the stadium. Vehicles must have a parking permit to enter reserved areas. Patrons should have parking passes ready for attendants to tear. Parking passes must be prominently displayed at all times.

Cyclone Experience

Located north of Lot S-8, this family friendly environment features inflatable attractions for kids, Cy, the ISU spirit squad and concessions.

Customer service hotline

ISU Athletics operates a customer service hotline - (515) 296-7849 - from the time the stadium gates open until 30 minutes after the game. If there is a problem in any seating area, a member of the event staff will provide assistance.

No smoking

In accordance with the State of Iowa Smoke Free Air Act, no smoking is allowed on the Iowa State University campus, including areas in and around Jack Trice Stadium.


Media parking is in Lot S-3.

Hillside tickets still remain

Hillside tickets for the Cy-Hawk football game are $60 each and are general admission grass seating. Tickets may be purchased online at,, by phone at (800) 745-3000 (Ticketmaster), or (888) 478-2925 (ISU Athletics ticket office). Tickets also may be purchased in person at any Ticketmaster outlet and the ISU Athletics ticket office.

Buyer beware - if your ticket was not purchased through Iowa State University or the University of Iowa, you may have a fraudulent ticket and could be subject to expulsion from the game. For additional Jack Trice Stadium policies and procedures:

TV and radio coverage

FOX Sports Network will produce the game and televise it live on FSN Midwest and FSN North. In most areas of eastern Iowa, where FSN is not the regional sports network carried on Mediacom Family Cable, the live broadcast will be shown on the Mediacom Connections Channel (MC22). Audio coverage is available on the Cyclone Radio Network and at via Clone Zone.