Tailgate Corner: Starting The Season In Style

This football season Cyclone Sidebar would like to showcase our fan experience outside of Jack Trice Stadium. We’ve always known Cyclone Nation did tailgating right, but now we want to really put it on display, from vehicles, to food, to music and games we will showcase the best Cyclone Nation has to offer in our tailgating experience series.

By Brittany Mease:

If you walk around Jack Trice Stadium before any Iowa State football game, there’s no guarantee what you’ll see amidst the tailgaters, but what you can guarantee is that they will be tailgating in style.

ISU kicked off their first game against the University of Northern Iowa last Saturday and people from all parts of Iowa came to Ames in order to claim their tailgating spot prior to the game. Fans wasted no time in busting out coolers, grills and music to enjoy the beautiful weather before the game. From cars, buses and ambulances, Cyclone fans don’t slack when it comes to their set ups.

      ISU alum Steve Gust is one of the many people who pack up their friends, family, and a whole lot of fun into a bus to cheer on the team. Gust and others all gathered around his tricked out vehicle to celebrate the start of the season.

“This is our second year [with this bus]; I had a [different] bus before. We’re just huge Cyclone fans,” said Gust. “We just tried to get as much Iowa State color on it as possible, and we put the schedule on [the left] side.”

While it was a light atmosphere full of laughs and smiles, there was one thing that Gust’s tailgate crew was serious about: they came see a Cyclone win.

“I graduated from Iowa State and my wife is a UNI graduate,” joked Gust, “but she’s got an Iowa State shirt on today.” Something that proved favorable for Gust and his family as ISU would later beat UNI.

Gust isn’t the only alum who enjoys bringing vehicles that take fanatic to a whole new level. Ambulance owner Dan Heiderscheit of Ankeny and fellow alum DJ Sapp spent four days revamping an old rescue vehicle to bring to Ames.

“We’re season ticket holders; we’ve tailgated at least 15 years,” said Sapp. He and his fellow Cyclone lovers don’t miss a chance to gather together to cheer on Iowa State.

Sapp also noted that the vehicle tends to draw crowds in the years that they have brought it up to tailgate.

“[Heiderscheit] did a great job representing Iowa State; it grabs everyone’s attention,” said Sapp.

Not only does it grab attention of those roaming outside of Jack Trice just this season, but it has been used in a flash mob before. The flash mob was performed in 2011 outside of Jack Trice prior to the game against Iowa. The ambulance’s tailgating history is one that Sapp cherishes and believes makes it stand out in a crowd.

Many other ISU fans like Gust and Sapp go above and beyond when it comes to tailgating, proving that it really is a Cyclone nation.

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