For the Sports Fan
Come to town on game day to experience the energy surrounding our Iowa Hawkeyes. You’ll see black and gold everywhere you go during football season as the city comes alive with athletic spirit. Before the game even begins, join the tailgating festivities around the stadium and on Melrose Avenue, where food and Hawkeye apparel stands line the street. Take a picture in front of the IOWA letters and enjoy music in Krause Family Plaza.
A full Kinnick Stadium is an experience unlike any others in the Big 10. The sea of cheering fans and towering Children’s Hospital just behind it create an unforgettable environment. Back in Black is synonymous with the Iowa Football team, which enters the field to the song each game alongside the waving gold “I – O – W – A” flags. Sing the Iowa Fight Song along with the Hawkeye Marching Band and cheer alongside 70,000 other fans.
After the game, catch a bite to eat in downtown Iowa City at one of the many bars and restaurants like Short’s Burger & Shine before doing some shopping to pick up any Hawkeye essentials at Tailgate or Iowa Book. For a less student-saturated crowd, head to the Iowa River Landing for dinner at Vesta or 30hop, which features a rooftop bar.
Football isn’t the only sport that garners our fans’ attention. Iowa wrestling draws impressive crowds for each of its home duals inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Iowa wrestling team entered 2013-14 with an all-time record of 205-19 (.915) in dual meets in Carver with 20 undefeated seasons since the Arena opened in 1983. Wrestling fans are extremely loyal, testified by the roaring sound inside those walls during matches. Mens and womens basketball, volleyball and gymnastics also compete inside this space, offering a fantastic spectator experience.
Before leaving town, experience Iowa River Power Restaurant’s Sunday brunch and stop by the University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame to see three floors of Hawkeye history, from the National Championship trophies and Orange Bowl to Nile Kinnick's Heisman trophy. There is even a basketball court surrounded by images of fans where you can attempt that last 3-point shot of the game.