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    6 hour rule - tailgaiting

    Are they firm on lot entry 6 hours before game time? I have heard rumors that once the line up is so long they will let the cars into the lots. We have a couple parking passes for B4 and wanted to drop some cars for the Iowa game at 4:00am. Will they let me in, or should I just wait?



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    Re: 6 hour rule - tailgaiting

    If the line of traffic starts blocking other intersections, they may start moving people in before the 6-hour mark. 95% of the time, it's a problem just for the grass lots south of the stadium. If you have a B4 pass, you can roll in at 5:00 okay.

    For the last three ISU-Iowa games, I rolled up to the NCC lots right at 6 hours before and was about the only car there.



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    Re: 6 hour rule - tailgaiting

    Quote Originally Posted by theshadow View Post
    If the line of traffic starts blocking other intersections, they may start moving people in before the 6-hour mark. 95% of the time, it's a problem just for the grass lots south of the stadium. If you have a B4 pass, you can roll in at 5:00 okay.

    For the last three ISU-Iowa games, I rolled up to the NCC lots right at 6 hours before and was about the only car there.
    Yeah, what theshadow said. The backups really only happen for the public (mostly student) lots.



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    Re: 6 hour rule - tailgaiting

    We got in to c4 last year at 1030.



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    Re: 6 hour rule - tailgaiting

    I've always parked in the paved lots and we almost always get there 6 hours prior. I can tell you that the Thursday games are always dead 6 hours prior. Usually there are 4-5 cars in each section of the parking lot the first couple of hours.



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    Re: 6 hour rule - tailgaiting

    The Iowa game is a little different. Last year we pulled in around 10-11pm and Vet Med and the grass lot to vet med was already "the line" and the grass lot across the street was already forming a 3rd line in that lot that wound up to have about 7 or 8 lines by 4am. They started filling the south grass lots about an hour early that morning I believe so the "holding lots" would be cleared out in time for the rest of the people coming to park in those.


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    Re: 6 hour rule - tailgaiting

    Quote Originally Posted by travman23 View Post
    The Iowa game is a little different. Last year we pulled in around 10-11pm and Vet Med and the grass lot to vet med was already "the line" and the grass lot across the street was already forming a 3rd line in that lot that wound up to have about 7 or 8 lines by 4am. They started filling the south grass lots about an hour early that morning I believe so the "holding lots" would be cleared out in time for the rest of the people coming to park in those.
    2 years ago you mean? They definitely let people in early that year, but we showed up right at ~5:30am and still got a pretty nice spot in the grass lot on the corner of university and S16th. Had to drive around to Duff to get in line at that point though...



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    Re: 6 hour rule - tailgaiting

    Quote Originally Posted by Ocho View Post
    Are they firm on lot entry 6 hours before game time? I have heard rumors that once the line up is so long they will let the cars into the lots. We have a couple parking passes for B4 and wanted to drop some cars for the Iowa game at 4:00am. Will they let me in, or should I just wait?
    its firm. its been years since they opened it early.



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    Re: 6 hour rule - tailgaiting

    Quote Originally Posted by travman23 View Post
    The Iowa game is a little different. Last year we pulled in around 10-11pm and Vet Med and the grass lot to vet med was already "the line" and the grass lot across the street was already forming a 3rd line in that lot that wound up to have about 7 or 8 lines by 4am. They started filling the south grass lots about an hour early that morning I believe so the "holding lots" would be cleared out in time for the rest of the people coming to park in those.
    They have people fill the grass lots... and then move them to different lots? Why not just open the lots early and park em then.



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    Re: 6 hour rule - tailgaiting

    Here is a separate but related question: for those of us that can't get out of work early, and need to park and walk (as we usually do), where do people suggest to beat traffic? We usually park at Towers, and don't seem to get bothered there, but I don't know what things will be like on a Thursday night game. Any suggestions, or anyone more connected to campus know what the situation would be like? Anyone else parking at Towers?

    Thanks in advance for answers!



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    Re: 6 hour rule - tailgaiting

    Quote Originally Posted by alarson83 View Post
    They have people fill the grass lots... and then move them to different lots? Why not just open the lots early and park em then.
    OK, let me explain, the line started from the south grass lot entrance, went clear back up into the Vet Med lot then the grass lot right next to vet med then across the street in that grass lot. That was just "the line" for 1 lot for the Iowa game. In order to clear parking for those lots the line had to be let into the grass lots right south of JT so they could properly park anyone that came after that. It was litterally just line after line stacked up in those lots.


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    Re: 6 hour rule - tailgaiting

    Quote Originally Posted by travman23 View Post
    OK, let me explain, the line started from the south grass lot entrance, went clear back up into the Vet Med lot then the grass lot right next to vet med then across the street in that grass lot. That was just "the line" for 1 lot for the Iowa game. In order to clear parking for those lots the line had to be let into the grass lots right south of JT so they could properly park anyone that came after that. It was litterally just line after line stacked up in those lots.
    I assume this was fairly organized as well? As in people pointing at where to get in line?

    We plan on getting our RV in to line around 7 or 8 PM the night before Iowa this year to park in the student lot. Want to make sure we get somewhere where we won't get screwed and "miss" the line.



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    Re: 6 hour rule - tailgaiting

    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrods79 View Post
    Here is a separate but related question: for those of us that can't get out of work early, and need to park and walk (as we usually do), where do people suggest to beat traffic? We usually park at Towers, and don't seem to get bothered there, but I don't know what things will be like on a Thursday night game. Any suggestions, or anyone more connected to campus know what the situation would be like? Anyone else parking at Towers?

    Thanks in advance for answers!

    Parking on the street north of Lincoln Way and a little east of MWL is easy to get out. I think the street is called riverside or something but it is not far and never a hassle to get out.



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    Re: 6 hour rule - tailgaiting

    Jarrods79 something to be aware of. Ames High School is hosting a Cross Country meet at the ISU course Thursday at 5:00. Some of the spectators for that might take up some of the parking in the Towers lot.



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    Re: 6 hour rule - tailgaiting

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry View Post
    Jarrods79 something to be aware of. Ames High School is hosting a Cross Country meet at the ISU course Thursday at 5:00. Some of the spectators for that might take up some of the parking in the Towers lot.
    Good to know, thanks for the heads up. Might mean if you can find a spot it would be pretty safe to park there.



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