Jack Trice Stadium

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Jack Trice Stadium
"The Jack"
Former names Cyclone Stadium / Jack Trice Field (1975–1997)
Location 1798 South 4th Street
Ames, Iowa 50010
Coordinates 42°0′51″N 93°38′9″W / 42.01417°N 93.63583°W / 42.01417; -93.63583Coordinates: 42°0′51″N 93°38′9″W / 42.01417°N 93.63583°W / 42.01417; -93.63583
Broke ground October 26, 1973
Opened September 20, 1975
Renovated 1997, 2007
Expanded 1976, 1997, 2007
Owner Iowa State University
Operator Iowa State University
Surface Grass 1996 to present
Astroturf 1975 to 1995
Construction cost $7.6 million
($33.3 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Architect Finch-Heery & DDDKG Architects[2]
RDG Planning & Designing (renovations)
General contractor Huber, Hunt & Nichols[2]
Capacity 42,500 (1975)
48,000 (1976–1989)
43,000 (1990–1997)
45,814 (1998–2005)
46,721 (2006)
55,000 (2007–2012)
56,800 (2013–2014)
Record attendance 56,800
Iowa State Cyclones (NCAA) (1975–present)

Jack Trice Stadium (originally Cyclone Stadium and formerly Jack Trice Field) is a stadium, in Ames, Iowa, United States. It is primarily used for college football, and is the home field of the Iowa State Cyclones. It opened on September 20, 1975, with a 17-12 win over Air Force.

It is the second-newest stadium in the Big 12 Conference behind only Milan Puskar Stadium of West Virginia (which had its design based on Jack Trice Stadium), and is the sixth-largest by capacity in the conference. Including hillside seats in the corners of the stadium, the facility's official stated capacity is 56,800.[4] The school announced in May 2014 a planned expansion to 61,000.[5]

The current record for single-game attendance, 56,800, was set on October 13, 2012, when the Cyclones lost to Kansas State by a score of 27-21. It has since been matched three times.


The stadium consists of double-decked grandstands running the length of either sideline, as well as a set of bleachers in the south end zone. The Richard O. Jacobson Athletic Building, an athletic center built in 1996, is located in the north end zone. The field itself is slightly lower than the surrounding ground. There is a single main concourse for each of the grandstands. A three-level press box on the west side of the stadium was added to the stadium in 1997 for a cost of $6.2 million. Permanent lighting and a large video/scoreboard behind the bleachers in the south end zone were added in 2002. Later in the summer of 2011 a second video/scoreboard was added on the north side. At triple the size of the previous scoreboard, it stands over the Jacobson Athletic Building. The new scoreboard consists of three levels on the inside, with a camera perch on top. The stadium is part of the Iowa State Center, a sports, entertainment and continuing education complex located to the southeast of the university's main campus. North of the stadium is Hilton Coliseum, home to Iowa State Cyclones basketball, wrestling, volleyball and gymnastics teams, as well as other events such as musical festivals, rock concerts and university commencement ceremonies.

Jack Trice[edit]

Jack Trice Stadium with statue of Jack Trice in the center of photo, also note the Jacobson and Olsen Building in foreground

In 1975, the stadium's playing field was named in honor of Jack Trice, Iowa State's first African American athlete and the school's first athlete to die of injuries sustained during a Cyclone athletic competition. Until 1997, the facility itself was known as Cyclone Stadium. Because of persistent requests by the students, the facility was renamed Jack Trice Stadium, making it the only one in Division I-A named for an African American individual.[6]


Initial construction[edit]

Jack Trice Stadium was completed in less than two years, from its ground breaking on Oct. 26, 1973, to the first game, a victory over Air Force on Sept. 20, 1975. In late 1973 and spring of 1974, heavy earth-moving equipment shaped the embankments. A huge, movable form shaped the lower decks with thousands of cubic yards of concrete. Originally, the stadium had a capacity of 42,500.

Previous expansions and renovations[edit]

In 1976, bleachers were constructed in the end zones to increase the stadium's capacity to more than 46,000 (50,000 with standing room tickets). Before then, all the seating was in the grandstands on the sidelines.

The stadium complex was transformed in 1995-96 with the construction of the state-of-the-art 10.6 million Richard O. Jacobson Athletic Building, in the north end-zone of Jack Trice Stadium. The Jacobson Building is the home of Cyclone athletics containing all sport and administrative offices except men's and women's basketball and volleyball. The Ralph A. Olsen Building was also renovated at that time and it sits attached to the north end of the Jacobson Athletic Building. The Olsen Building, named in honor of prominent Ellsworth, Iowa farmer and ISU alumnus, houses the strength and conditioning facilities, the team meeting rooms, and the locker rooms.

In 1996, a natural grass field and new drainage system made its debut, the field had been AstroTurf since 1975. In 1997, the $6.2 million, three-level press tower located on the west side was added to Jack Trice Stadium. The new press tower includes press and radio-television levels and nine sky box suites.[7]

The football atmosphere at Jack Trice Stadium was enhanced with the installation of a new million dollar videoboard and scoreboard which replace its black and white predecessor. Permanent lighting was also added to the side of the stadium for the 2002 season at a cost of $500,000. Since then, ISU has played twice as many home night games as they did the previous 30 years.[8]

Newly renovated Jack Trice Stadium with new suites between the first and second deck

Between the 2007 and 2009 football seasons, Jack Trice received its largest renovation project to date. With the completion of $30 million in renovations, the stadium has 22 new suites, a new wider concourses with new concessions and bathrooms on the east and west side, a new club section, improved disability seating, new fencing and gates, a new plaza near the main entrance, and many preservative renovations throughout the stadium.

The changes to suites also includes the expansion of two existing suites on the west side of the stadium and the installation of operable windows in all of the current suites. Funding for these renovations came completely from the sale of stadium suites, club seats, increased ticket revenues and fund raising.

Richard O. "Dick" Jacobson donated $5 million to ISU athletics in 2008, for the purpose of continuing renovations to Jack Trice Stadium. There will be a Jacobson Plaza constructed near the stadiums main entrance in his honor. This donation was the largest donation ever made to ISU athletics.[9]

A new video/scoreboard was installed on the north end of Jack Trice Stadium. The new video board is one of the top 15 largest used in a college football stadium. The screen measures 36 feet high and 79.5 feet wide and has a resolution of 720 x 1,584. The new video board was completed for the 2011 football season.[10]

Future expansion[edit]

Rendering of Jack Trice South End Zone expansion

On May 1, 2008, ISU Athletic Department was given permission from the Iowa Board of Regents to continue planning and fund raising for the Jack Trice Expansion. On November 25, 2013 it was announced that the Reiman family would donate $25 million to help complete the south end-zone project estimated at $60 million. Iowa State Athletics gained approval from the Iowa Board of Regents for the construction of the south end-zone final phase on February 6, 2014. Athletic Director Jamie Pollard has stated the target date of the south end-zone project would be to complete the expansion before the start of the 2015 football season. This expansion is expected to bring capacity from the current 56,800 to 60,000.

This south end-zone addition will include enclosing the south end zone, which will include an upper deck, and connecting the east side concourse to the west side concourse. Originally, the south end-zone project was scheduled to be completed at the same time as the east concourse renovation; however, funding was not secured for the south end-zone expansion, so the two projects are now being completed separately.[11]

On a call in show, ISU athletic director stated that more facility improvements will be continuing over the next few years. Iowa State's head football coach Paul Rhoads has also made similar comments. The $20.6 million Bergstrom football complex,[12] a state-of-the-art training facility was built between the indoor practice facility and the Jacobson building with opening and dedication in 2012.

In 2014, it was announced that Iowa State would enclose their south end zone. This will bring capacity to 61,000 including a lower bowl seating 7,500 and an upper bowl seating 5,800. Included in the lower bowl will be a two-story, 40,000 square foot premium club with seating for more than 3,000.[13]

Largest Crowds[edit]

Listed are the top ten largest crowds in the stadium's history.

Rank Attendance Date Opponent Score
1 56,800 October 13, 2012 #5 Kansas State L 21–27
1 56,800 August 31, 2013 Northern Iowa L 20–28
1 56,800 September 14, 2013 Iowa L 21–27
1 56,800 October 26, 2013 #19 Oklahoma State L 27–58
5 56,795 September 8, 2007 Northern Iowa L 13–24
6 56,585 November 3, 2012 #12 Oklahoma L 20–35
7 56,390 October 1, 2011 #17 Texas L 14–37
8 56,085 September 10, 2011 Iowa W 44–41 (3OT)
9 55,783 September 15, 2012 Western Illinois W 37–3
10 55,518 September 30, 2006 Northern Iowa W 28–27


  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Campus and Its Buildings
  3. ^ Peterson, Randy (May 12, 2014). "Designs for Jack Trice south end zone project released". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ Peterson, Randy (July 18, 2013). "Jack Trice Stadium's Enclosed South End: Could It Happen for Iowa State in Five Years?". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ Peterson, Randy (May 12, 2014). "Designs for Jack Trice south end zone project released". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ ISU only I-A school to honor African-American in stadium name
  7. ^ "Jack Trice Stadium". Iowa State University. 2006. 
  8. ^ "Iowa State Football Media Guide". Iowa State University. 2008. Retrieved April 2, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Jacobson makes $5 million gift to athletics". Iowa State University. 2008. 
  10. ^ "Renderings For Jack Trice Stadium Videoboard Display". Iowa State University. 2011. 
  11. ^ "Regents Approve Continued Facilities Planning". Iowa State University. 2008. 
  12. ^ http://www.cyclones.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=10700&ATCLID=541505
  13. ^ La Gesse, Bobby (May 12, 2014). "Football: South end zone expansion to push Jack Trice capacity to 61,000". Ames Tribune. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 

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