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    Experienced my first game day atmosphere at benchwarmers since I didn't have tickets to Wells Fargo and I don't have mediacom. Gotta say it was pretty awesome and I think I will probably return for several road games this year. Awesome cyclone bar!



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    Re: Benchwarmers in ankeny

    Quote Originally Posted by iowast8fan View Post
    Experienced my first game day atmosphere at benchwarmers since I didn't have tickets to Wells Fargo and I don't have mediacom. Gotta say it was pretty awesome and I think I will probably return for several road games this year. Awesome cyclone bar!
    Great atmosphere, great owners, though I like it a little less packed than it was last night. A few hawk fans in there too, though the place was absolutely dominated by the Clone fans for our game.



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    Re: Benchwarmers in ankeny

    Good food and a great location for Cyclone fans (and the few Hawks we have to put up with).

    We had lunch there yesterday. Knew it would be a little crowded for dinner time and I have Cyclones.tv




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    Re: Benchwarmers in ankeny

    Thanks for supporting a quality CF supporter guys. We really appreciate it. We are there every Thursday night for the radio show too so feel free to stop on by and have a beer with us!



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    Re: Benchwarmers in ankeny

    We got there at 4:10 and got one of the last tables. The few Panther fans that were vocal the first half got very quiet the second half. A lot of fans surrounded the bar area. And if you was one of them that I kept jabbing in the back thanks for being friendly and helpful. 4'10" people see alot of elbows in crowds.



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    Re: Benchwarmers in ankeny

    They have good drink prices usually. And usually decent looking waitresses


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    Re: Benchwarmers in ankeny

    You know, someday we're going to have to come down there for a game watch. It's where we met, 20 years ago.



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    Re: Benchwarmers in ankeny

    I was there last night as well. Great gameday atmosphere packed to the gills with ISU faithful. Only reason it was a little cramped is because they were pretty much the only place in Iowa that ran cable.



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    Re: Benchwarmers in ankeny

    Quote Originally Posted by cykocy View Post
    I was there last night as well. Great gameday atmosphere packed to the gills with ISU faithful. Only reason it was a little cramped is because they were pretty much the only place in Iowa that ran cable.
    To show you how big of a "Cyclone bar" that place really is, I'm almost 100 percent sure they got cable installed just for Saturday.



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    Re: Benchwarmers in ankeny

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisMWilliams View Post
    To show you how big of a "Cyclone bar" that place really is, I'm almost 100 percent sure they got cable installed just for Saturday.
    Wow. Very nice



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    Re: Benchwarmers in ankeny

    Glad they support but.... Not great food, dirty dining room and rest room areas. Wanted to like it but would never eat there again. Drink maybe. Good crowd and fun watching the game though



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    Re: Benchwarmers in ankeny

    Quote Originally Posted by zmanzbo View Post
    Glad they support but.... Not great food, dirty dining room and rest room areas. Wanted to like it but would never eat there again. Drink maybe. Good crowd and fun watching the game though
    Strange. I've eaten there at least a dozen times in the past year (lunch that day) and the food as always been good (I've tried several of their offerings) and never seen the place dirty. I'd certainly give the place another chance.




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    Re: Benchwarmers in ankeny

    We (wife, ISU daughter and I) didn't make to Benchwarmers until halftime (duties at mass). Stood for most of the second half with a 32 oz Shiner Cheer (or 2) until we were able to get a table from a friend. Awesome Cyclone atmosphere and great pizza (Philly cheese steak, chicken ranch) and beer! Actually stopped there again tonight after a league basketball gam and had more great beer. We forget about this place sometimes but will definitely be back soon.



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    Re: Benchwarmers in ankeny

    I can attest that their pizza rocks. Recommend the Paul Rhoads.



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    Re: Benchwarmers in ankeny

    I was there for the entire game and stood around the bar area. The free popcorn was nice. We were right by the vocal UNI fans but they got quiet pretty quick through the second half. Saw a few Hawk fans but they managed to be smart and keep there traps shut.

    If I ever win the Powerball, the first thing I would do is A) have Pollard call me concerning a donation to the SEZ project and B) open a dedicated Cyclone bar in DSM to counter Longest Yard and Front Row. Until that happens, Benchwarmers and The Keg Stand will do just fine.



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