Known as Iowa’s “Superbowl” the CyHawk football game will take place this Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames. No matter what game it is, catching a college football game can be a thrilling way for you and the kids to spend a Saturday afternoon. Luckily, attending Iowa State Football Games with children are very do-able. We’ll give you the scoop on maximizing your time, money and fun, as the Cyclones and the Hawkeyes meet to battle it out on the football field.
If you are new to Iowa, Jack Trice Stadium is located in Ames. If you’re driving, good luck and head out early—traffic can become quite congested around the stadium for several hours prior to kickoff. Public parking lots open six hours prior to kick off on game day. Official Iowa State lots charge $20 per car for parking. Some businesses and apartment complexes around the stadium will also allow you to park in their lots for $10-$20.
Another option is to park closer to campus or nearby and walk or take CyRide to the game. Whatever you decide to do, be prepared for a crowded, one to two mile hike to the stadium. As you walk, be on the lookout for shuttles pulled by tractors that can give you a lift to the Stadium. If you’ve got little ones, prepare to do some piggyback rides to help with the trek. Unfortunately, strollers are not allowed in the Stadium.
Tickets and Seating
Tickets are sold-out for this Saturday’s game, which means you may have to get creative if you are still wanting to purchase tickets. There is a resale option on Iowa State’s website and there are scattered tickets available, but I didn’t see any tickets selling for less than $200 a seat. So you may need to turn to StubHub or other options to find tix.
You can also purchase Jr. Cyclone Club passes. The Jr. Cyclone Club is the official fan club for Cyclone fans 12th grade and younger. Memberships cost $59 per child and parents can purchase up to two season parent passes per household for hillside seating at $99 each. Kids two and under are admitted FREE and do not need a game ticket.
Potty time? Restrooms are located by the concession stands which are located on the east and west sides of the Stadium between the upper and lower levels. If you’ve got a high seat, be ready to tote your kids up and down some steep stairs.
Jack Trice Stadium offers several food options at its concession stands, ranging from hot dogs and hamburgers to nachos and popcorn. If you’re fortunate enough to score Club Level seats, you’ll have upgraded food options, in more plush settings. Unfortunately, Jack Trice Stadium does not allow outside food or beverages. Only those items required for medical, family or child care needs will be allowed. However one 20 oz. unopened bottle of water is allowed per person.
Much of the fun of going to a college football game is the pre-game party. Tailgating is a great way for your family to hang out, meet fellow fans and get a full meal before the game actually begins. Parking lots open six hours prior to game time, and the grills get fired up shortly thereafter. Bring a football and some food, and you’ll likely be able to join any group. You could even make the trip just to tailgate, but remember, the $20 parking fee would apply if you are driving to the Stadium regardless of whether you attend the game.
The Cyclone Experience is located on the NE corner of Jack Trice Stadium between Lots 85E and S8, this family-friendly environment includes inflatable attractions, face painting and other activities for kids. All FREE! And this is also where the Jr. Cyclone Club is stationed on game day. The Cyclone Experience opens three hours before kickoff and closes 30 minutes prior to kickoff.
Jack Trice Stadium
1800 S 4th Street
Ames, IA 50011
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