This is a classic example of a place where sports dominate the entertainment category. On gameday, you might hear announcers joke that “you can leave the keys in your tractor” because everyone in Iowa is at the game. Pre-game tailgating is fantastic and the buzz on the streets in Iowa City is all about the team. Many fans point out visiting colors and start their battle cries and chants. Walking up to Kinnick Stadium, you see a beautiful brick façade that lines the outside. Rows of corn greet visitors to the main entrance along with a statue of Hawkeye hero and 1939 Heisman trophy winner, Nile Kinnick.
Fans are devoted here. Whether they are playing Michigan or Southeastern South Dakota’s Convent for the Blind, Iowa fans show up in full force covered in black and gold and ready to support their team. The band revs up the crowd while Herky Hawkeye stirs it up on the sidelines.
A notable tradition surrounding Iowa football is their famed entrance onto the field. Iowa players all hold hands and slowly slither onto the field. This is known as the Swarm, and it has become recognizable nationwide. Moreover, it symbolizes the unity of Iowa football and their fans.
It’s tough leaving Kinnick Stadium with a victory. Loud. Intimidating. An absolute hornet’s nest. From kickoff to the final gun, both opposing players and fans will be challenged by the atmosphere.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of the Hawkeyes’ home is the collective song chorused by the crowd after a victory: “In heaven there is no beer, that’s why we drink it here!” The polka inspired tune is a microcosm of the fantastic gameday spirit in this classic college town. Iowa fans truly know how to put on gameday – they do it as well as any team in the country.