The Iowa State Cyclones began playing football in 1892. Iowa State saw some of its first real success under Coach Johnny Majors who'd take the Cyclones to their first bowl game, the Sun Bowl in 1971. Earl Bruce would take the Cyclones to a Peach Bowl in 1977 and a Hall of Fame Bowl in '78. Dan McCarney would take over the coaching job in 1994, and before leaving after the 2006 season he'd lead the Cyclones to 5 bowl games. Some of the great Iowa State players and coaches over the years include Pop Warner, George Amundsen, Seneca Wallace, and Ellis Hobbs. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Iowa State Cyclones football tickets.
2015 Iowa State Season Preview
Paul Rhodes 5th season at the helm of Iowa State’s football team was one of near misses. The Cyclones lost 5 games by 8 points or less and missed a bowl game for the first time in since 2010. ISU looks to build off the experience of 2013 and turn those near misses into wins. Returning is quarterback Sam Richardson and the offense will lean heavily on him and senior running back Aaron Wimberly. Iowa State must hit the ground running in 2014 season opens with FCS powerhouse North Dakota State coming to Jack Trice Stadium in week 1, and Kansas State coming to Ames a week later. Key games for Iowa State’s bowl chances will be September 13th at Iowa, October 11th against Toledo, and November 22nd against Texas Tech.
Check out our Iowa State Cyclones Season Preview History page for previews of previous Cyclones seasons.
Iowa State Cyclones Football at Jack Trice Stadium Address: 1800 S 4th St, Ames, Iowa, 50011
The Iowa State Cyclones play their home games at Jack Trice Stadium in front of a capacity crowd of 55,000. The stadium is named for the Cyclones' first African-American athlete, and the first athlete to die during an athletic event at Iowa State. For the Big 12 school with the smallest athletic budget, a game at Jack trice Stadium lacks nothing in tradition and fan support. The Iowa State Cyclones home bench is on the Jack Trice Stadium sideline with sections 17-32. Jack Trice Stadium parking information is covered in our Cyclones event guide.
Iowa State vs. Missouri
The battle for “Telephone Trophy” is one of the oldest rivalries in the Midwest. These two teams have met over 100 times, most of which occurred while both were members of the Big 8 and later Big 12 conference. The rivalry has been put on hold with Missouri leaving for the SEC, but fans of both squads hope to see it renewed on upcoming schedules.
Iowa State vs. Iowa
This is the biggest football game in the state of Iowa and when these two teams meet a whole lot of state pride is on the line. The winner of the game takes home the “Cy-Hawk” trophy named after the mascots of both schools. The Hawkeyes dominated the early years of the rivalry, but Iowa State has seen a competitive resurgence over the last decade adding to what has already been one of the best game day environments in Iowa.
The rivalry between the Iowa State Cyclones and the Texas Longhorns is one of the newest for both teams. The schools only played one time before Texas joined the Big 12 in the 1990’s. Iowa State got its first win against the longhorns in 2010, going in to Austin and beating the defending Big 12 Champions behind a rushing stampede. Since then the games between the Cyclones and Longhorns have been incredibly close, with multiple games decided by 3 points or less. Jack Trice stadium is always a great place to watch college football, but may never be louder than when the Cyclones are battling Texas.
Iowa State Cyclones in the CFP Championship and Bowl Games
The Iowa State Cyclones have done extremely well for themselves compiling over 500 wins in their school’s history. The Cyclones are no strangers to bowl games having played in more than 10 and have even collected a couple conference titles along the way. Ticketcity offers tickets to all college football bowl games and the CFP Championship.
Iowa State Cyclones Event Guide
Where can I park at Jack Trice stadium?
The G lots are located just south of the stadium and are first come first serve, they cost $15 - $25. The best lots (closest to stadium) in G2 are G3 but you will need to get their early to get a spot there. There is some very limited public parking on Beach Avenue that also runs $15 - $25 per but it’s extremely limited. National Cyclone Club parking is located north of the stadium for cars and RV’s, however there are donation requirements to purchase these season parking locations. Trolley runs from the parking lots to 8 different stops throughout the stadium complex and is a great way to get around.
What is the best place to sit for a Cyclones game?
Sections 22 through 27 are lower mid-field right behind the home team bench and offer a great view of all the action. The Jack Trice Club section offers a premium experience that includes a complimentary buffet, private bar with beer/wine available to buy, heated/cooled lounge area, reserved parking close to the stadium and TV’s above the exterior seating. One other unique option is the hillside seating general admission section which covers the four corners of the stadium and offers fans an inexpensive option to attend the game.
What is the most popular spot for tailgating before an Iowa State Cyclones Game?
The general public (Non-Cyclone Club Members) lots are opened 6 hours prior to kickoff and are available south of the stadium also at the Hilton Coliseum. RV’s, Buses and vehicles with trailers cost $40 to park. The lots are huge and most are concrete so you have plenty of room and don’t have to worry if it rains/snows. There is a family friendly area called The Cyclone Experience available before the same north of lot S8 that includes the mascot CY, spirit squad, inflatables and other attractions for the children.
What time do the gates open prior to a Cyclones home football game?
All stadium games open ninety minutes prior to the start of the game. It’s best to arrive to avoid delays and missing any of the game.