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.

Cyclone Central is a family-friendly tailgate party in a temperature-controlled environment with indoor bathrooms -- making it the perfect choice, especially on iffy weather days. Cyclones everywhere are invited to celebrate Cyclone football at the Alumni Center every home football gameday and enjoy giveaways, fun and games, shopping, food and drink, and plenty of entertainment for all ages.

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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 enjoy our catered meal(s). (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.

Food and Drink

Catered 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 meal. Season passes are available for $75/member and $100/nonmember, which will give you access to the meal service at all six 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 Cyclone Central Step Show 90 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 the Step Show! The KASI Cyclone Tailgate Show will also broadcast LIVE from the Newlin Terrace every game, and Cyclone Central frequently features guest appearances by Cyclone "celebrities," student-athletes, and coaches.


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 marketplace -- including unique apparel and gifts from the Iowa State University Book Store.

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.


For more information

If you have questions about Cyclone Central tailgates, contact Lainey Crawford at the ISU Alumni Association for more information.

Phone: (515) 294-5775

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