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), conveniently located right next to Jack Trice Stadium, opens three hours prior to kickoff and closes 30 minutes prior to kickoff.

2017 Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 2: Northern Iowa
Saturday, Sept. 9: Iowa
Thursday, Sept. 28: Texas
Saturday, Oct. 14: Kansas
Saturday, Oct. 28: TCU (Homecoming)
Saturday, Nov. 11: Oklahoma State

Complete football schedule

Thank you, sponsors!

Barefoot Campus Outfitter
Campustown Spirit
Executive Express
Green Hills Retirement Community
Iowa State University Book Store
Northcrest Community

Learn more about sponsorship opportunities


All are welcome free of charge. Please note, however, that you must register in advance (by noon Wednesday of each game week, if the game is on Saturday or noon Monday if the game is on Thursday) or purchase a season pass if you'd like to dine at our catered buffet. (You do not need to register in advance to purchase items from the cash bar or food trucks.)

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.

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Food and Drink

Catered buffet meals are $15/ISUAA member and $20/nonmember, including tax and tip. Children's meals are $8 for ages 4-10 and FREE for kids 3 and under. You must register in advance if you wish to enjoy a buffet meal. Season passes are available for $90/member and $120/nonmember, which will give you access to the buffet at all seven events.

Food trucks and an ISU Catering cash bar will be available to cater to your food and beverage needs outside. (Remember, our alcohol license policy doesn’t allow you to bring your beverages into the Alumni Center or for you to take your purchased alcohol out of our building).


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. Thank you to Northcrest Community for serving as the exclusive sponsor of this year's Step Show! The KASI Cyclone Tailgate Show will also broadcast LIVE from the Newlin Terrace every game.


A selection of ISU Alumni Collection merchandise will be available for purchase at each Cyclone Central, as well as a selection of items from our NEW marketplace -- including unique apparel and gifts from the Iowa State University Book Store, Campustown Spirit, and Barefoot Campus Outfitter.

Parking and Transportation

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.

NEW in 2016: Head from Cyclone Central to Jack Trice Stadium with complimentary shuttle service from Executive Express.


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