Fan tips for annual Cyclone-Hawkeye matchup


AMES, Iowa - This Saturday in Ames, it's the state's biggest game of the year.

When the Cyclones and the Hawkeyes renew their intrastate football rivalry for the 61st time this Saturday at 5 p.m., 75,000 fans will be in and around Jack Trice Stadium to cheer them on. And that's a lot of people, cars and congestion in an area covering less than a square mile.

As always, Iowa State University officials encourage fans to have fun, celebrate responsibly, and allow plenty of time to reach the stadium in time for tailgating and kickoff.

Motorists can expect little road construction on the way to Ames, except for a possible slowdown on I-80 westbound at the U.S. 65 bypass near Altoona. Travel information is available via the Iowa Department of Transportation at

Park it right here

Donor (Cyclone Club) parking lots will open at 7 a.m.; general public lots will open at 11 a.m. Saturday. Jack Trice Stadium gates open at 3:30 p.m. Avoid bringing bags and large purses; you'll get into the game much more quickly carrying nothing but a ticket.

Public parking prices near the stadium are $40 for RVs and buses, $20 for cars and $5 for motorcycles. Medical accessible parking is located in Lot S2.

Iowa State University and the City of Ames ask football fans who park in the streets and neighborhoods surrounding the stadium to be considerate of homeowners. Fans are expected to park legally and obey parking regulations. Trash should not be left behind, and guests should be sensitive to noise levels.

Be a good sport

The Big 12 Conference encourages good sportsmanship from everyone attending this event. Please support the athletes and coaches in a positive manner. Profanity, racial or sexist comments or other intimidating actions directed at other fans, the teams or the officials may lead to arrest.

If you see something, say something

The ISU Police Department encourages anyone who observes suspicious behavior or activity in and around Jack Trice Stadium to call 515-294-4428. 

Play it safe

Pedestrians are urged to use sidewalks and to stay out of roadways.

Consider alternate routes

Interstate 35 southbound
Take Exit 113 for 13th Street toward USDA Veterinary Labs. Turn right onto 13th Street. Continue to follow 13th Street. Turn left onto Grand Avenue. Turn right on South Fourth Street. Continue on South Fourth Street to Jack Trice Stadium.

Interstate 35 northbound
Take Exit 111A to merge onto US 30 West. Take Exit 148 for US 69/Duff Avenue. Turn right onto US-69 N/South Duff Avenue. Turn left onto South Third Street. Continue on South Third Street to Jack Trice Stadium.

Highway 30 eastbound
Take Exit 146 for University Boulevard toward Iowa State University. Turn left onto University Boulevard.

Highway 30 westbound
Take Exit 142 toward Lincoln Way/Napier. Merge onto IA-930 E/Lincoln Highway. Continue to follow Lincoln Highway. Turn right onto Beach Avenue or University Boulevard.

Please don't smoke

No smoking is allowed on the Iowa State University campus, including areas in and around Jack Trice Stadium.

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. Please remember to clean up your area before you leave.

These items are NOT allowed in Jack Trice Stadium:

  • Alcohol
  • Artificial noisemakers
  • Backpacks, fanny packs and large purses
  • Beach balls
  • Chair backs or stadium seats
  • Coolers or containers
  • Food and beverages
  • Pets (with the exception of service animals)
  • Professional-grade cameras or video cameras
  • Strollers
  • Umbrellas
  • Weapons

Watch and listen

FOX Sports 1 and the Cyclone Radio Network carry the Iowa State vs. Iowa game.

FOX Sports 1 is available on the following channels:

  • DirectTV: 219 (HD/SD)
  • Dish Network: 150 (HD/SD)
  • Mediacom (Ames/Des Moines): 861 (HD), 74 (SD), 52.9 (digital)