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Old 07-27-2013, 06:07 PM   #1
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Planning to come to Cedar Falls for the Drake game. It will be the first time I've ever been to a game in the UNIdome. Please give me some advice about tailgating. How early before gametime? Where are the best spots? I will have my truck and set of tailgate supplies.
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Rule is 4 hours before kickoff, but we've showed up at 10am. Where depends on what you are looking for. PSC lots are nice if you are a member, otherwise across from the McLeod is cool. You can go along the fence line or further south by the trees.
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Glass bottles are a no-no. I forget, but no "fires" either?
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We're usually set up by 9:00 in the lot south of the McLeod Center. really nice laid back atmosphere. With that being Iowa-Iowa State weekend, I don't know how full the lots will be.

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Ah the memories... You can't beat the stretch across Hudson Rd from the quad on the banks of beautiful Panther creek. (south of McLeod). If the port potty situation is as bad as it used to be, you'll appreciate the adjacent woods. Nice crowd too. Barney is easy to spot on that stretch so you can chuck the cigars and bottles. We used to get there early and only occasionally got a lecture.

Wherever you go you'll find great fans and a super-charged atmosphere. Enjoy!
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We're usually set up by 9:00 in the lot south of the McLeod Center. really nice laid back atmosphere. With that being Iowa-Iowa State weekend, I don't know how full the lots will be.

Come and have a good time!

It is the week before the ISU/Iowa game. I'm in my 50s, so I don't want to be in a mostly student lot. I prefer good beer and don't necessarily want to waste it on them, but like the idea of sharing it with others who are truly football fans. We like to spread out some games (giant jenga, ladder golf, bags). I even have a bags game with rules to replicate a football game. And we like to start early.

Any further advice?

Is the lot south of McLeod a donor lot?
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Glass bottles are a no-no. I forget, but no "fires" either?

Thanks for the warning about bottles. I could have easy shown up only with bottles.

Are there policies on open containers on sidewalks? I had a friend get a citation for walking on a sidewalk in Iowa City with a beer in a koozie, but never known anyone to have any trouble in Ames.

By fire, do you meet like a fire pit? Grills with flames are okay, aren't they?

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I'm in my 50s as well, and the crowd along the creek is family/our age. I wish you'd shown up in my day if you like to share beer!! Bring the good stuff and let the kids bring old swill. I cannot drink canned, it is the only refined taste I have.

Have to laugh over sweating the rules though. I remember Iowa, if its not mandatory its prohibited...
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As long as you aren't doing anything that would warrant a public intox, or something that could hurt you or others you should be fine, most of the uniformed officials are good people that just want to make sure everyone is safe.
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The lot directly south of McLeod is open to all. The one across the street to the west of that is for PSC members not at a high enough level to park west of Dome and McLeod.
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By fire, do you meet like a fire pit? Grills with flames are okay, aren't they?
tailgating policy states that "open fires are prohibited", but whether a charcoal grill is considered "open fire", I dunno. Placing a call to the UNI Public Safety might provide an answer to that (or it might not, depending on who you talk to)
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The lots open 4 hours before kickoff. However, if you arrive 4hours early for some games the idea spots will already have been taken. The popo will drive walk by early, but they've never said a word about being too early.

Open fires are prohibited. However, I've seen multiple contained fires, especially on cold days with no issues.

They also prohibit glass bottles and liquor. However, I've been caught with both in my hands as the popo walked by. Each time they just requested I put it away or hide it. I could continue to drink it, they just don't want it sitting out. So bring plastic cups for your bottled beer.

We always take "walkers" on the way to the dome, finishing them in the plaza (just outside the doors). We've never been talked to about it so I don't believe there are any open container rules being enforced.

The only rule I've ever seen enforced is the no smoking law. We actually had someone join us a few years back whom was fined for smoking. Not cheap. I'd recommend leaving the cigars and cigarettes at home.


We have bounced around a couple times and have found our home... South of the dome is a good sized lot (Dike parking lot). If you keep going South there is a large grass field which is perfect for tailgating. We have plenty of space to spread out. We don't worry about the kid falling on concrete. There are no parking lines to limit our sit-up. Due to the space we don't have to move our stuff every time someone drives by. Panther Creek (wooded area) is available for the men. The only drawback is portapotty availability - it really is a long walk when you need it.

Enjoy the pre-game festivities!

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Old 07-28-2013, 09:31 AM   #13
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I'm not a smoker, and I hate having to breathe in smoky air. So I'm thankful for the anti-smoking laws...... inside of buildings. I think making the entire campus (outdoors) "no smoking" is stupid. The only time you have to deal with second-hand smoke outdoors is if you're within a couple feet of someone (or they intentionally blow smoke on you), otherwise, it's not really an issue.
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I'm not a smoker, and I hate having to breathe in smoky air. So I'm thankful for the anti-smoking laws...... inside of buildings. I think making the entire campus (outdoors) "no smoking" is stupid. The only time you have to deal with second-hand smoke outdoors is if you're within a couple feet of someone (or they intentionally blow smoke on you), otherwise, it's not really an issue.
I disagree, mostly because many smoke just outside the doors and leave cigarette butts all over the ground. Looks awful...surely most smokers can abstain for 3-4 hours..
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last year was first time I went up to north side of McLeod to tailgate, it wasn't bad at all and probably a good place for you uniDADtobe.
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It is the week before the ISU/Iowa game. I'm in my 50s, so I don't want to be in a mostly student lot. I prefer good beer and don't necessarily want to waste it on them, but like the idea of sharing it with others who are truly football fans. We like to spread out some games (giant jenga, ladder golf, bags). I even have a bags game with rules to replicate a football game. And we like to start early.

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Is the lot south of McLeod a donor lot?
Apparently, I can't read a schedule correctly. Anyway, the south lot is what you're looking for. I'm 30 and we tailgate with my parents (mid 50s) and have our two year old with us. It's family friendly.
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last year was first time I went up to north side of McLeod to tailgate, it wasn't bad at all and probably a good place for you uniDADtobe.
LOL. You tailgated in the walkway between the Dome and McLeod?
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LOL. You tailgated in the walkway between the Dome and McLeod?
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I suppose that technically, there are lots in North Dakota that are NORTH of McLeod. Nice to know he's so dedicated.
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It sounds like most of you have self-contained tailgates. Where is the best place that has a sense of community and shared experience with other tailgaters? We would love to land next to some folks to talk football, share tailgate games, etc.
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While we are pretty much self contained, pull up next to us, introduce yourself, and join the party. We had a lady do that three years ago.... She and her husband are now mainstays in or tailgating group.


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Unidad if lakes can crash tailgate partys at UNI......you can just walk right in sit right down.
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Just don't try to crash a frat party at Texas.
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All the tailgating, in my opinion, is a sense of community-even with "self-contained" tailgates. They all end up spilling out together, like at most universities. You'll find plenty of people to talk football with, share a beer, and a friendly atmosphere wherever you are! Enjoy!
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Just don't try to crash a frat party at Texas.
Great comparison. The funky part is Lakes is 40ish and Johnny Manziel is 20.
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How big is tailgating before UNI football games? For instance, how many fans will be in the lots tailgating 3 hours before the game?
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it isn't to the level of the tailgating that goes on at Hawk or Clone games. but on a nice day, there is a fair amount of people in the lots.
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South of McLeod, North of the Pony Express Gas Station is a great area with lots of families. Not a lot of college kids, I assume they party North of the Dome.
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it isn't to the level of the tailgating that goes on at Hawk or Clone games. but on a nice day, there is a fair amount of people in the lots.


Does "fair" mean a few hundred? A few thousand? I was hoping it would be around 1000 two hours before the game.
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Here's my advice -just come tailgate and see what it's like. It won't be a U of I atmosphere but we aren't the U of I. We're UNI and you'll be welcomed and have a great time if you don't have a bunch of pre-conceived ideas on what it should be like. Just come and enjoy! Then scream loud at the game!
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Here's my advice -just come tailgate and see what it's like. It won't be a U of I atmosphere but we aren't the U of I. We're UNI and you'll be welcomed and have a great time if you don't have a bunch of pre-conceived ideas on what it should be like. Just come and enjoy! Then scream loud at the game!

Good advice. We will certainly come and have a great time.

However, I've been to other Big 10 (only once at Kinnick), Big 12, and bowl games, as well as plenty of D3 games. Part of my style of enjoying events is anticipating them. The more I know, the better I'm able to prepare, and the more I enjoy it. In fact, today, I repacked my big purple tote with UNI tailgate supplies!
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Good advice. We will certainly come and have a great time.

However, I've been to other Big 10 (only once at Kinnick), Big 12, and bowl games, as well as plenty of D3 games. Part of my style of enjoying events is anticipating them. The more I know, the better I'm able to prepare, and the more I enjoy it. In fact, today, I repacked my big purple tote with UNI tailgate supplies!
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Does "fair" mean a few hundred? A few thousand? I was hoping it would be around 1000 two hours before the game.
It really depends on the weekend. Come family weekend / homecoming / SIU / NDSU games the lots are full around 3-4 hours prior to the game. The other games depend upon where you are tailgating. For example, the grass lots mentioned earlier can be packed 4 hours before, or they can be sparce right up to kick off. On the other hand, the lots North of the dome can be full 3 hours prior to kickoff every weekend (except the ISU-UI game) as it is mostly students.

Of course, all of this is dependent upon weather. Even though the dome is 72 degrees tailgating does drop off in poor weather. But it does lead to an awesome intro... Outside, blizard conditions, flying snow at 12 degrees with a WSW wind of 18 mph. Inside, 72 degrees and dry. It's PANTHER FOOTBALL!!! (or something like that)
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It really depends on the weekend. Come family weekend / homecoming / SIU / NDSU games the lots are full around 3-4 hours prior to the game. The other games depend upon where you are tailgating. For example, the grass lots mentioned earlier can be packed 4 hours before, or they can be sparce right up to kick off. On the other hand, the lots North of the dome can be full 3 hours prior to kickoff every weekend (except the ISU-UI game) as it is mostly students.

Of course, all of this is dependent upon weather. Even though the dome is 72 degrees tailgating does drop off in poor weather. But it does lead to an awesome intro... Outside, blizard conditions, flying snow at 12 degrees with a WSW wind of 18 mph. Inside, 72 degrees and dry. It's PANTHER FOOTBALL!!! (or something like that)


Thanks. So, assuming good weather for the home opener against Drake, what would you expect? I'm thinking the high end of your estimates.
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