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Football fun starts early -- get your pigskin parking tips here

For the third year, Cyclone fans will kick off Labor Day weekend early with a football home opener at Jack Trice Stadium. So before the burgers and brats hit the grill, it's important for everybody on campus to know the drill when it comes to parking.

The Cyclones take on the South Dakota State Jackrabbits at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28. Fans will begin streaming into the stadium parking lots the minute they open at 1 p.m.

As they always do, people who normally park around the stadium and in commuter lots will have to move their cars. But Thursday is still a regular class and work day on campus, so campus parking spots will be scarce.

Squeezing an extra 3,000 cars into the 16,000 or so parking spaces on campus requires a little cooperation on everyone's part. Department of Public Safety and Athletics Department officials say if this year can go as smoothly as the previous two, parking safely and getting to your destination on time should be no problem.

"The campus community shines during this event and we really appreciate the patience people have demonstrated the past couple of years," said Mark Miller, program manager of the Department of Public Safety's Parking Division. "There is always a lot of excitement for the first football game of the season, and with everyone's help, we can continue to accommodate our fans, guests, faculty, staff and students without anyone being too inconvenienced."

Here's what you need to know before Aug. 28:


Motorists who normally park in the Iowa State Center lots will be directed to any of these locations:

  • Kmart/Staples parking lot, 1405 Buckeye Ave. (east side only, along Buckeye)
  • Lot 29, north of the Communications Building and Molecular Biology
  • Lot 29B, across Stange Road from Frederiksen Court
  • Memorial Union Parking Ramp (regular hourly rates apply)

Commuters will receive fliers with this information on Aug. 26 and 27, and signs will be posted in and around the Ann Campbell Transit Station.

Commuters may ride Cy-Ride's Orange Route free from the east side of the Kmart lot to campus. Pickup from the Kmart lot will run every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Aug. 28. Look for the bus stop signs.

Stadium permits

Those who usually park at Jack Trice Stadium will be asked to move their cars between 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, and 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28. They'll be directed to:

  • Iowa State Center
    Staff will be on hand from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday to direct traffic to designated areas.
  • Lot 61B at the Towers
  • Lot 100, Lied Recreation Center
  • Lot 29, north of the Communications Building and Molecular Biology
  • Lot 29B, across Stange Road from Frederiksen Court
  • Southwest Athletic Complex (near Cap Timm Field)
  • The former Ames Middle School site on State Avenue

All stadium permit holders must move their cars by 12:01 a.m. Aug. 28 and should return their cars to the stadium before noon on Friday, Aug. 29. The approximately 1,000 people who park at the stadium -- primarily students -- will receive an e-mail with this information early the week of Aug. 25.

Reserved (red) permits

It's business as usual in reserved lots on Aug. 28. These parking spots will not be up for grabs. Reserved spaces will remain available only to those with reserved permits for a particular lot.

General staff (gold) permits

General staff lots will be open to the public after 11 a.m. on Aug. 28. If you have a gold permit, you'll have no problem tackling a parking space first thing in the morning, but you may lose your spot if you leave. Consider lunching on campus or walking to appointments if at all possible.

Disability, 24-hour reserve permits

Parking in spaces for holders of these permits will remain strictly enforced.

CyRide shuttle discontinued

Last year's pilot program -- the free shuttle from seven campus locations to Jack Trice Stadium -- has been discontinued due to low ridership.

At day's end

Get in the game and cheer on the Cyclones! But if you're headed somewhere else, avoid traffic near the stadium:

  • Leave earlier or later than 5 p.m. if your schedule and supervisor allow.
  • Take routes other than University Boulevard or Beach Avenue.

More information, maps:


Quick look

$10 home opener tickets available at Sunday fan fest

Fans can purchase $10 reserved tickets for the Aug. 28 home opener at this Sunday's Cyclone Fan Fest. The $10 tickets will be available for purchase at the Athletic Ticket Office on the west side of the Olsen Building from 1 to 3 p.m. on Aug. 24 only. More info.