Cyclone Central Tailgates - Iowa State University Alumni Association

Cyclone Central Tailgates

Celebrate the Cyclones and show your pride! Cyclone Central Tailgates are hosted by the ISU Alumni Association before each home football game at Jack Trice Stadium. Admission is free to everyone.The ISU Alumni Center, 420 Beach Ave. (adjacent to Lots A2/A3) opens three hours prior to kickoff and closes 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Cyclone Central is also held on occasion for non-football athletics contests. Information will be posted here for those events as it becomes available.

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The ISU Alumni Center is located at 420 Beach Ave. in Ames, overlooking the parking lots of A2 and A3 at the Iowa State Center. See a map of the location.

Cyclone Central for football opens three hours prior to kickoff and ends 30 minutes prior to kickoff unless otherwise specified. Check the football schedule at for the latest information about kickoff times. Hours for other (non-football) Cyclone Central events will be determined independently and posted on this Web page.

Admission and Meal Registration
All are welcome free of charge. Please note, however, that you must register in advance if you'd like to purchase a meal ($12/ISUAA member and $17/nonmember, including tax and tip).
Children's meals are $7.

Cancellation Policy
In the event that you need to cancel your meal registration, please contact us at (877) 478-2586 by the RSVP deadline in order to get a full refund. Cancellations made after the RSVP deadline will not include refunds.

Reserved parking is NOT available for Cyclone Central. Standard event parking regulations will be enforced in all areas around Jack Trice Stadium and Hilton Coliseum, including at the ISU Alumni Center.

Bar Service
Olde Main Brewing Co. will once again be providing bar service for all Cyclone Central events. Purchase handcrafted beer ($3/each), wine ($4/each), root beer, and other soft drinks as you please. You do not have to register for a meal in order to purchase items from the bar.

A selection of ISU Alumni Collection merchandise will be available for purchase at each Cyclone Central, as well as a selection of items from the Iowa State University Bookstore at three events this year: Sept. 14, Oct. 26, and Nov. 2.

Weather permitting, the Iowa State University Cyclone Football 'Varsity' Marching Band will perform its Step Show 80 minutes before each game's kickoff on the parking lot side of the ISU Alumni Center.



2013 Cyclone Central Schedule



Saturday, Aug. 31
Northern Iowa
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Cyclone Central: 4 p.m.

Caterer: Hy-Vee (Menu)
Register now!
Sponsor: University Book Store




Saturday, Sept. 14

Kickoff: 5 p.m.
Cyclone Central: 2 p.m.

Caterer: Valentino's Grand Italian Buffet (Menu)
Special Guests: ISU Women's Basketball Team (2:30-3:30 p.m.)
Register now!
Sponsor: University Book Store





Thursday, Oct. 3

Kickoff: 6:30 p.m.
Cyclone Central: 3:30 p.m.

Caterer: The Café (Menu)
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Sponsors: TBA




Saturday, Oct. 26
Oklahoma State (Family Weekend)
Kickoff: 11 a.m.
Cyclone Central: 8 a.m.

Caterer: Valentino's Grand Italian Buffet (Menu)*
Register now!
Sponsor: University Book Store




Saturday, Nov. 9
TCU (Homecoming)

Kickoff: 11 a.m.
Cyclone Central: 8 a.m.

Caterer: Hickory Park Restaurant (Menu)*
Register now! (Football tickets also available to order with meal purchase through Nov. 5. Quantities are limited.)
Sponsors: University Book StoreGateway Hotel & Conference Center




Saturday, Nov. 23

Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Cyclone Central: 4 p.m.

Caterer: Olde Main Brewing Co. (Menu)*
Register now!


Traveling to the game? 
Book your room at the Gateway Hotel & Conference Center,
"The Official Hotel of the ISUAA!"
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*Please note that catering menus are subject to change depending upon game time.

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