Beat Iowa Bash hopes to ignite excitement for the big game

Aimee Burch

Looking for a chance to hang out with 500 Cyclone football fans, but cannot wait until Saturday morning at Jack Trice Stadium?

The second Beat Iowa Bash will take place Friday at the Green at Frederiksen Court from 6 to 9 p.m. Sponsored by the Frederiksen Court Community Council and the Student Alumni Leadership Council, along with a grant from the Government of the Student Body, the event hopes to provide excitement to accompany one of the football season’s marquee games.

“We want to get people excited for the Iowa game,” said Bash planning committee member Sadie Hayes, junior in finance and accounting and SALC member.

Nate Dobbels, a member of the Campus Organization planning committee, said he hopes this alternative event will bring students together to celebrate their Cyclone spirit.

“We really want to start off the event and the big weekend with students hanging out with friends and cheering on State,” said Dobbels, senior in agricultural and life sciences education.

The Beat Iowa Bash promises to provide fans with fun events like Cyclone-Hawkeye trivia contests, a “Dunk a Hawkeye” dunk tank, inflatable giant slides and obstacle course, and a climbing wall provided by the Iowa Army National Guard. Food specials will be available at the Hawthorn Market & CafĂ© at Frederiksen Court.

Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity will be hosting a “Car Smash,” where students can pay $1 to put some dents into the “Hawkmobile.”

While those activities and more will be ongoing throughout the night, the main event begins at 7 p.m. with the SALC Frozen T-Shirt Contest and Herky Wing-Eating Contest with wings provided by West Side Wings. Hayes said student wanting to participate in the wing-eating contest will need to sign up in advance by going to The Frozen T-Shirt Contest, however, does not require advanced sign up.

The fun continues at 7:30 with the Beat Iowa Spirit Rally emceed by ISU wrestling coach Kevin Jackson. The ISU Pep Band, Cheer Squad and Cy will be on hand for photos and to get the crowd pumped up for the big game. WHO-TV’s sports announcer Chris Hassel and GSB Vice President Jared Knight will be on hand to participate as well.

Dobbels said it is important to know that all events, minus the Car Smash, are free of cost to students.

Hayes said she and other committee members hope to see lots of fan participation.

“We hope students will take advantage of this really great opportunity,” she said.

Those wanting more information on the Beat Iowa Bash can go to