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    Thumbs up Coming to the ISU-Texas game in Austin? Ticket, tailgate, hotel info, etc …

    We’re just four weeks away from a Texas 7p night game! Now that you see the Cyclones can hang and the way the Longhorns have been playing lately - with injuries like their starting QB now out for the season remainder - there’s a better chance of a repeat of the Cyclones’ 2010 win. Quietest I have ever heard DKR Stadium and would love to hear the other 100K of burnt orange quieted again! Man that was a great weekend . . .

    So if you want to be surrounded by fellow Cardinal n' Gold, you'll have to bite the $100 bullet and sit in the (likely) designated visitors Section 32 down in the SE endzone corner with us. Looks like the ISU office already returned ~10 rows so UT opened those 320 or so up over a week ago and their online system lets you pick your seats:

    http://ev9.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncomme...ppc=&psc=&sm=1

    No, you can NOT buy tix from the ISU office. Their offer was only available to donors, season holders and ISU Alumni Assoc. way back in JUNE. It has always been this way.
    Matter of fact, as of yesterday looks like UT is now starting to “dress” (or stagger) the empty rows to look better for TV. I’m told this means if they still can’t manage to sell those soon, they’ll start giving them away to charitable orgs/fundraisers – which means more burnt orange rows in the middle of our ISU section and on TV

    Sure, you can scalp on Stubhub, etc. But you’ll be surrounded by burnt orange because you won’t find much of any tix with ISU/S32 until near gameday. And that’s because ISU office still has to prioritize the tix by donor, etc. before mailing them out usually only a couple weeks in advance. Not to mention most of the ISU rows are player/coach guests that have to pick up their free tix at Will Call and it’s a major NCAA violation to sell those.

    Just get ‘em from UT and now. You’ll have more fun down by us anyway



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    Re: Coming to the ISU-Texas game in Austin? Ticket, tailgate, hotel info, etc …



    Tailgating!!


    So the ISU Alumni Assoc. is coming down and doing their usual indoor tailgate starting 3 hours (4p) before the game. $20 for ISUAA members, $30 for non:

    http://www.isualum.org/index.cfm?nod...1&audienceID=1

    They’ll be catering Tex-Mex and I assume having another cash beer bar like years past. Deadline is Oct. 8 and I recall they DID sell out their room’s capacity.

    Now, I’ll make this very clear first . . . Longhorn tailgating is an all-WEEKEND party down here! Seriously.

    Most tailgate spots are paid and reserved from UT months in advance. Most spots are allowed to start setting up at 5:30p FRIDAY regardless of Sat. game time and don’t have to tear down until Sunday. When you have the 5th largest student campus downtown in a city of 1.5M and the largest college FB fan base in the country coming to a 101K-seat stadium . . . you tend to have parking/space issues L In short – You can’t just pull up your pickup truck anywhere even 6 hrs before the game like in Ames and pop open your cooler.

    And this is why the Austin ISU Club runs our own tailgate starting earlier than ISUAA. So if you want to start early our lot gate opens at 11a! We are partnering with the same BBQ team as we did in 2012 and 2010 and it’s the same private 10,000 sqft lot a few blocks walk from DKR yet fenced out from all the other surrounding burnt orange tailgates.

    Yes, we have to charge $$. UT alone raised the lot price another $160 to $800 now (as if UT needs to add to their $126M annual FB revenue) and as I said - HUGE lot demand vs. very limited supply. But with your lot ticket our BBQ team will have the smokers fired up overnight for you to get brisket and sausage (no catered crap). We’ll have other games on bigscreen TVs there all day. And yes, back by popular demand . . . OPEN BAR included!! :yes:

    Here is where you buy lot tickets and FAQ about parking, etc:


    Then bring your ticket to the gate to swap for a wristband. That way you can come and go as you please and check out all the other tailgates if you actually somehow get bored with your fellow Cyclone fans ;-) So just park your car, leave the cooler at home, hoof over to our lot for several hours and get some Texas BBQ before you maybe go over to the ISUAA room before the game. Btw, we are going to TRY to get Longhorn Network on our TVs in case you don’t get game tix.

    And do us a favor – If you KNOW you’re coming to the game and tailgating, order online here SOON. It really does help us plan the right amount of food and beverage vs. showing up to pay at the gate. Remember, we’re not corporate here. Just a BBQ team and some ISU alums that have already coughed up personal $$ for all the advanced payments needed so that you have a place to party with ISU folks J None of us certainly want to lose $$. And If we make any proceeds they all go to the BBQ team’s charities since they do most of the work.


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    Austin Hotels and Nightlife . . .


    Well, I’ll get the bad news out of the way . . . Sorry, looks like most of the downtown hotels are booked – and booked a long time ago. That same weekend is the annual LIVEstrong bike race and marathon. Regardless what you think of Lance, his cancer funding is still a real BIG deal in his hometown here and they are estimating >52K participants from around the world. Luckily the races all head south and west away from us, so I-35 traffic shouldn’t be bad.

    So where to stay? The closest drive/taxi are the Highland Mall hotels ~3.5 mi north of us along I-35 around the Hwy 290 overpass. There is a rail station a few blocks west that goes downtown (sadly, not also close to UT campus) but the last train leaves from down there at 12a. Here, I made a little map of suggested areas ;-)

    The next closest availability is to the south ~4 mi. along I-35. I marked these areas yellow because the quality and neighborhoods are not the best to dine or take an evening stroll. Not recommended you try walk to downtown even if you’re a triathlete. Everything else nice is still further out. The only area to AVOID is I-35 north of Hwy 183. There is a reason those rates are always lowest. Ignore the “escorts” and befriend all the cops you’ll likely meet! They’ve already make recent strides cleaning up this hood, but you are now informed.


    Restaurants?

    Supposedly Austin has the most restaurants per capita of all other Texas cities. Obviously BBQ and Tex-Mex, but you’ll find a lot of exotic international cuisine thanks to all the high-tech global business around. And given all the techies down here, you’ll find Yelp.com to be your best travel buddy with lots of reviews definitely leaning towards the hidden gems of local Ma & Pa shops. Remember, downtown dining will be busy with all the LIVEstrong folks all around so plan ahead!

    And before you ask about “that Franklin’s BBQ joint getting press on all those TV shows” . . . just forget it! It may even be close to UT campus, but whether weekday or weekend you literally need to stand in line at least THREE HOURS before they open at 11a. This is no exaggeration. Any later in line and they eventually come out and start cutting the latecomers off. Then all the BBQ is gone by Noon or so. You can get nearly the same fresh-smoked buzz from our BBQ team at our tailgate (and much cheaper).


    Bars?

    We aren’t the “Live Music Capital of the World” for nothing, bato!

    Last estimates I heard there are now over 200 bars in just 2.0 sq miles of downtown (alone) grouped into ~8 districts now. And, yes, about every other one will have some kind of live music going on and often NO COVER. Too many talented musicians living out of a suitcase just trying to get exposure here and so many bars desperate to compete against each other!

    Yes, there is the infamous Sixth Street. Yes, they still barricade off 5 blocks on Friday and Sat. nights. I have to say it doesn’t quite have the luster it used to given so many more downtown bars now. Literally the locals call it “Dirty 6th” and mostly avoid it for reasons that will become obvious. But it is still the largest and 2nd closest district to UT so you will find a lot of students, many minors either going to the 18+ bars or have great fake IDs. Sixth is obviously what tourists know so this is where you’ll likely run into most other Staters that didn’t get the memo. Last 6th St. advice – Watch your wallet/purse and stay out of any alley shortcuts!

    But like I said, we have SEVEN more districts downtown – all within walking or pedicab distance. Would be a shame not to wander around and meet more Austin locals:

    1. Rainey St. (very casual, all old historic houses renovated into bars w/backyards into stages. A bit hipster, tho)
    2. West 6th/Market (lounge+club, the older, legal UT students)
    3. Far East 6th ("new" dives, dives, dives! East of I-35. Somewhat more seedy and nearly all locals so some extra caution)
    4. 5th St/Colorado/Congress Ave (lounges+clubs)
    5. Red River St (Metal bars and the famous Stubb’s BBQ outdoor amphitheater)
    6. 4th St/Warehouse (old folks lounges and gay clubs)
    7. 2nd St (wine bars around Austin City Limits theater)
    8. And then there's Dirty 6th (classic dives full of younger students mixed with tourists ;-)

    Btw, alcohol sales always stop at 2:00a by state law, but some clubs stay open until 4a with cover. And if you stick around Sunday night you’ll notice almost all bars participate in Service Industry Night (S.I.N.) with a lot of bartenders out as patrons - the best locals to hang out with!


    So why isn’t there a designated Iowa State bar this year?

    Dirty 6th bars typically don’t do that. Too many UT students and out-of-town Horns fans vs. visitors/tourists. We tried that before some past ISU games in a couple West 6th bars. Advertised like this on the ISU websites, even set up drink specials just for those wearing Cardinal n' Gold . . . and it always seemed to be mostly Austin club folk. But you’ll admit, 200+ bars in walking distance is not going to keep you around one bar for very long, right?


    What else is there to do during the daytime?

    Bring your smartphone with GPS and a data plan. PLENTY of Austin blogs posted about that.


    Last edited by AustinCy; 09-19-2014 at 10:13 AM.

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    Re: Coming to the ISU-Texas game in Austin? Ticket, tailgate, hotel info, etc …

    Somebody over on CR mentioned they have used AirBnb.com to stay down here in Austin with nothing but praise for past ISU games. Looks like a couple dozen or so homes or individual rooms within a mile or so walk of our tailgate/game and downtown bars:

    https://www.airbnb.com/s/Austin--TX-...ch_by_map=true



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