Jamie Pollard and "Night Games"
Speaking as a father who has a son playing youth football---thank you for the
night games. My son has youth football games every Saturday afternoon throughout September and without the scheduled night games we would not be able to attend the Cyclone games. Although my son is only 12 years old,
he dreams of being a Cyclone someday. Thank you Jamie Pollard for making the schedule "Family Friendly".:)
Also from NW Iowa here, but in my case the night games aren't quite as family friendly. I can't take my kids because the games get over too late to get them home (3 1/2 hr. drive). I'd fork over the $ for a hotel, but we're heavily involved with church on Sun. morn. The kids are lucky enough to have grandparents close by, so the wife can at least come with.
Night games are great for most people, but it is impossible to be able to please everyone. I would imagine that the best case scenario for all fans would be a mix of night and day games. But as it stands, more people wanted night games, so bring it on!!
The night games are a tremendous idea. The reason I'm even in to football is because of the nights of getting my friends together to go see my high school team play under the lights. Seeing such games played against Texas A&M and Colorado, and now Toledo, UNLV, and UNI creates nostalgia like none other.
There are pros and cons to every decision. I see the pros being we get a break from the September heat that can still bake a clam on a half shell in JTS. Later in the year we welcome the heat and it is nice to have day games. The cons are for those that live more than 2 hours away and will still be driving past midnight.
JP has been right on with other decisions and I am betting with him on this one too. I look for a 50,000 watt party for each of the night games.
:) Want the stadium full? Bring a friend!
My most memorable ISU game was at night
Texas Tech at JTS. Seneca goes for "the run" under the lights. What an atmosphere that was.
ISU Grad 1997.
ISU Fan for Life.
Not in CO anymore but I'm not changing my name :)
I was at my first night game played at JTS against Wyoming in '96 I think.
My dad and I were on the goal line where we missed the field goal to lose the game in OT. The first of many painful missed field goals in my memory bank. But it sure was fun to see the game under the lights.
Last edited by MNclone; 08-12-2006 at 10:19 PM.
Love the night games...excellent atmosphere!
Not even close
I do not remember the first night game, but I do remember a game against Oklahoma in the 80's that was a tremendous night game. Big underdogs and had them on the ropes until a late run (long) tipped it in their favor.
Originally Posted by MNclone
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I was at that game as well. What an incredible play. I'll take that to my grave with me. Just like the pimp slapping of Iowa, and the sweet Curvey INT vs. CU.
Originally Posted by CyinCo
Here's to another great season and more terrific memories.
That was the first one...
Homecoming, 1984. #2 Oklahoma comes to town. Game on ESPN. Paul Maguire, formerly of ESPN Sunday Night Football fame, was the color analyst (and was terrible back then, too). First-ever night game in JTS (or CS/JTF, at that time).
Originally Posted by CloneForever
Good guys fought valiantly to the end.
That atmosphere was electric.
The night games are easier to keep 100% of the attention on the field. The crowd can better anticipate plays.
"If it was easy, someone else would have done it already." ISU Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard
So ESPN actually has done a game at Ames? Amazing.
Originally Posted by theshadow