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Jack Trice Stadium

Ames, IA

Home of the Iowa State Cyclones

3.9

3.5

Jack Trice Stadium (map it)
1798 S 4th St
Ames, IA 50010


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Year Opened: 1975

Capacity: 61,500

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Cyclone Football at Jack Trice Stadium

Jack Trice Stadium opened on September 20, 1975 when Iowa State Cyclones defeated Air Force 17-12. The stadium (originally Cyclone Stadium) replaced Clyde Williams Field which had been home to Iowa State football since 1914. The stadium was renamed as Jack Trice Stadium in 1997. Jack Trice, Iowa State’s first African American athlete, passed away three days after being injured playing in his first football game for the Cyclones in 1923.

The stadium has undergone many expansions and renovations over the years, including 2011 when a new video/scoreboard was installed in the north end of the stadium. The board measures almost 36x80 feet and ranks among the biggest in college football.

A major renovation was completed just in time for the kickoff to the 2015 season. Coming at a price tag of $60 million, the entire south end of the stadium, once an open grass field, was enclosed with permanent seating with both upper and lower bowls. Another massive video board was also added on the south end. The latest renovation increased capacity to 61,500 and connected the east and west concourses. With its higher capacity, Jack Trice Stadium is the third largest stadium in the Big 12 Conference.

3.9

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

Jack Trice Stadium doesn't offer anything overly unique, but there are plenty of options for every taste. The BBQ pork nachos ($8) are quite tasty and worth a try. Pulled pork ($6), brats ($6.50), and hot dogs ($4) are also available at the Fare stands, located on both sides of the stadium.

Cyclones Grill offers chicken tenders & tots ($8), buffalo chicken tender basket ($8), and a veggie burger for $6. Chicken and Philly cheese steaks are also $8. All the typical snacks and candy are also available. The food concessions are located behind the seating areas on the sides. Each side of the stadium offers up the same food choices so there is no need to walk too far away from your seats.

Coke products are the soda of choice. Regular soda is $4.50 and a larger souvenir cup will run $5.50 and is the better value. Also available are water ($4), hot chocolate ($4), and sports drinks ($5). Like many college venues, no alcohol is served.

Atmosphere    5

The fun begins long before entering the stadium. Walking to the stadium from the parking areas, you will be wading through a substantial amount of tailgaters, all decked out in cardinal and gold, the colors of Iowa State. A big part of the experience at the games is that they allow passes out to the parking lot during halftime to keep the tailgating going.

The same two colors comprise the inside view of the stadium, adding to the festive atmosphere. When entering, be sure and rent a chair back unless you have one. Very few seats in the stadium have chair backs. As game time approaches, the stadium fills up and the noise increases. The team is quite a spectacle. After the Cyclones marching band has taken its place on the field, smoke begins to billow out the tunnel the Cyclones enter the field through. Prior to the entrance, a loud tornado siren blares as the team charges out onto the field. The siren is also sounded after important plays the Cyclones make during the game. With the enclosure of the south end of the stadium, the noise reverberates even more than before, making for a raucous atmosphere. The student section, located on the northeast side of the stadium also adds to the great atmosphere. They stand the entire game and are especially noisy when the situation dictates.

Neighborhood    4

Ames, Iowa is very much a college town which means plenty of places to eat and drink before or after the game. About a mile northeast of the stadium is Welch Avenue. Welch Avenue is where everyone congregates after the game. If you are just looking for a place to have a drink, Welch Ave. Station is a good place to go. They always have drink specials and a friendly staff. There are plenty of other places to eat in the Welch Avenue area with plenty of variety.

If you are looking for something good to eat, it doesn't get any better in Ames than Hickory Park. Hickory Park is less than two miles away from the stadium and provides customers with all things comfort food. In business 40+ years, the part restaurant, part parlor provides fantastic food of all kinds (best BBQ ribs around) as well as great desserts and a great atmosphere.

In the mood to try something un-Iowa like? The Mucky Duck Pub is located on your way back to I-35 and offers up some fabulous British food. Their fish & chips are outstanding as are their sausage rolls. They offer plenty of drinks both British and domestic and make a decent Pimms.

Lodging is not a problem if you are staying in Ames. There are plenty of chain hotels in the city as you head back towards I-35.

Fans    4

The fans in Ames are showing up much more in the past few seasons, despite a team that hasn't produced much on the field. The fans run the gamut from the hard-cores that follow the team religiously to the fans that show up just to watch a football game. As of late, there seems to be a growing group of hard-cores.

The fans are amped for the game the minute the tornado siren blares which signals the entrance of the team. The majority of fans react on every play and they are a knowledgeable bunch. With the recent struggles of the team, the stadium isn't always full at the end of the game but the fans are doing their part.

Access    4

The stadium is located on the Iowa State campus and Ames has done a good job of posting signs to help out-of-towners. Parking close to the stadium is tough as some of the lots are taken up by boosters, tailgaters, etc. Parking anywhere near the stadium will run you $20 and while there is some free parking within walking distance, those areas are quite a haul for most people.

Once inside the stadium, the concourses are sufficiently wide to get around without much problem. There are sufficient restrooms except during halftime where you will need to wait your turn for a little while. The recent renovations make it much easier to get around the stadium.

Leaving the game on the days everyone stays until the end can be a challenge. There are few options for getting out of that part of Ames, so be prepared to have a bit of a wait.

Return on Investment    3

Like many other venues, Jack Trice Stadium has adopted a sliding scale for tickets depending upon the opponent. Tickets are reasonable and range from $30-$65. Although parking is a little steep at $20, you are still getting a decent value with average food prices.

Extras    3

An extra point for the unique team entrance. Most football teams take the field to some sort of fanfare but the tornado siren makes for a distinctive occasion.

One extra point goes to the staff and one to the fans. The staff is very friendly, helpful, and willing to answer any questions. The tailgating folks are also very nice. Don't be surprised if someone stops you on your way to the stadium and invites you over for a drink and conversation.

A nice memorial to Jack Trice adorns the east wall of the seating bowl inside the stadium.

Final Thoughts

The Cyclones are a struggling football team. Despite that, more fans are showing up now than in a long time. The stadium is part of the reason fans are coming back. The continuous upgrades have made the stadium a fun place to watch a game. The people are friendly and Ames is a nice college town. If you find yourself near Iowa during football season, don't hesitate to make the trip to Ames and take in a game at Jack Trice Stadium.

My take

The cost on the score board was $5 million.

Good review, it told me most of what I wanted to know about ISU football experience.

by CigarBoy | Sep 22, 2011 05:04 AM

Royal Review

What a great detailed description of the Cyclone experience. I'm hoping to go there next year as part of a Midwest baseball trip. I want to see the first game of the season against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. By reading this, I know exactly what to expect if indeed my plan plays out as I have it drawn up. Look forward to taking the experience royally.

by Prince | Sep 22, 2011 08:56 PM

More info on parking/bars

Thorough review, Tige. Nice work!

When I was a student at State, we'd park at the towers lot, which is half a mile to a mile east of the stadium. Bout a 10 minute walk through the neighborhood to get there, but its free, so definitely worth it.

Also, Welch Ave. is about a mile from Jack Trice on Lincoln Way. This is where you want to be after the game. A handful of good bars in a great atmosphere make this the hot spot in Ames.

by NickKappel | Sep 23, 2011 12:46 PM

Siren

I like the fact they add a unique element like the Tornado siren sounding on key plays, I appreciate when the staff can think of a cool tie-in to the team name or local area.

by Aaron S. Terry | Nov 04, 2015 11:05 AM

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Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium

Total Score: 4.00

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 5

In Iowa, football is king and Jack Trice Stadium is one of its palaces. For most of Iowa outside of Ames and the Des Moines area, the Iowa State Cyclones are the state's second team, with most of the state embracing the Iowa Hawkeyes and Kinnick Stadium for their football of choice. And Kinnick is awesome, don't get me wrong, but Jack Trice Stadium, the home of Iowa State Cyclone football, has a certain attitude about it that makes it very hard not to like, especially if you're a football fan. If you're a college football fan, I caution you not to dismiss Jack Trice Stadium, because Cyclone fans are among the most close-knit and loyal around, and it all starts inside the walls of Jack Trice Stadium.

Cyclone Football at Jack Trice Stadium

Total Score: 2.86

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 2
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 2

Ames, Iowa is like many other college towns across America on football Saturdays. Fans from across the state flock to the centrally located city to cheer on their beloved Cyclones.

Unfortunately for those fans, Iowa State has never been a juggernaut in football, hovering around mediocrity for the past few decades. Fair or not, that lack of success has a direct impact on the Jack Trice Stadium experience.

Jack Trice is easy on the eyes, but empty seats are visible for nearly every game (unless Iowa State is taking on rival Iowa). There is only one word to describe the stadium experience, and it is one that the football team has been accustomed to hearing over the years – average.

UNI VS Iowa State

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 2
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 2

Went for a UNI VS Iowa State game. A lot of fun.

Try Trice

Total Score: 3.71

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 3

Jack Trice Stadium opened on September 20, 1975 when Iowa State Cyclones defeated Air Force 17-12. The stadium (originally Cyclone Stadium) replaced Clyde Williams Field which had been home to Iowa State football since 1914. The stadium was renamed as Jack Trice Stadium in 1997. Jack Trice, Iowa State’s first African American athlete, passed away three days after being injured playing in his first football game for the Cyclones in 1923.

The stadium has undergone many expansions and renovations over the years, the last being in 2011 when a new video/scoreboard was installed in the north end of the stadium. The board measures almost 36x80 feet and ranks among the biggest in college football. The athletic department is in the planning stages of enclosing the south end zone and adding a second deck on that side. The cost of the expansion is estimated at $55 million.

Getting better

Total Score: 3.43

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

Sounds like they have done a lot of renovations since I was here, glad they are getting more fans in the building.

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Ames, IA 50014

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