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Cy's House of Trivia

Cy's House of Trivia

Cy's House of Trivia is an annual marquee event bringing together the best fans in the country for a competitive and fun game of trivia. Located on the floor of Hilton Coliseum, teams of eight enjoy an evening full of trivia, food and beverages, interaction with Cyclone coaches, former student-athletes, media personalities and a whole lot of fun!

Cy’s House of Trivia 2024 will take place in Hilton Coliseum on Saturday, April 20, 2024. For more information, including table lottery entry, please click HERE.

The evening features eight rounds of interactive trivia with ten questions each round (trivia categories cover anything from movies, history, geography, music, sports and more). Cyclone celebrities, coaches, former athletes and other special guests will join in the fun and rotate throughout the evening as a “ninth player” helping trivia teams. From its humble beginnings in 2007 with less than 30 tables to now being sold out with 100 tables, this event is one all Cyclone fans look forward to each spring.

2022 Recap 2023 Recap

Table Lottery Information

Returning teams from the previous year (permanent tables only, excludes lottery tables) receive first opportunity to renew their tables for each year's event. New teams have the chance to join in the fun by entering the lottery for the annual lottery tables. Lottery winners will be drawn at random, and anyone can enter (limit one entry per person). Lottery tables are just a one-year assignment and do not guarantee a permanent table in the future.

Each year's "table lottery" winners receive the first opportunity to secure non-renewed permanent tables the following year (only if available). Priority is given to the order of the lottery selection. If all tables are renewed the following year, lottery winners will have to re-enter the "table lottery" for their chance to participate.

Important registration dates

FEBRUARY 1, 2024 Table renewal registration and lottery entry open
FEBRUARY 23, 2024 Table renewal registration and lottery entry closes
FEBRUARY 26, 2024 Lottery winners drawn at random
APRIL 20, 2024 Cy’s House of Trivia 2024

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Cyclone tailgate tour

Cylone Tailgate Tour

The ever-popular Cyclone Tailgate Tour, powered by MidAmerican Energy, is an annual 13-stop tour throughout the state of Iowa each May.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our staff to engage with Cyclone fans across the state,” Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard said. “We are so grateful for our loyal fans who travel to Ames for all of our events, and the Tailgate Tour affords us the opportunity to return the favor and visit them in their home areas.”

All Cyclone Tailgate Tour stops will feature ISU head coaches and staff along with Cy and the spirit squads interacting with fans, signing autographs and handing out athletics swag. Each stop is free and open to fans of all ages.

While tour event lineups may vary, this year’s tour will feature ISU Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard, football coach Matt Campbell, men’s basketball coach T.J. Otzelberger, women’s basketball coach Bill Fennelly, volleyball coach Christy Johnson-Lynch, wrestling coach Kevin Dresser, the “Voice of the Cyclones” John Walters and of course Cy.

These family-friendly events will include giveaways, food and beverage available for purchase, and allow fans the opportunity to connect with fellow Cyclone fans in celebration of Iowa State Athletics. All children in attendance will also receive a gift courtesy of the Cyclone Club.

The evening stops include a program beginning at 6:30 p.m., with the Des Moines kickoff event program beginning at 7:00 p.m. Official Iowa State merchandise from Cy’s Locker Room will be available for purchase at all evening stops, too.

2024 Cyclone Tailgate
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Cyclone Tailgate Tour Kickoff:

May 9 – 6:00 – 8:00 PM | Des Moines
MidAmerican Energy Company RecPlex
Tour Download

Week 1:

May 13 – 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Pella
Tamory Hall
Tour Download

May 13 – 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Cedar Rapids
Veterans Memorial Building – Coliseum
Tour Download

May 14 – 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Muscatine
The Merrill Hotel
Tour Download

May 14 – 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Bettendorf
Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center
Tour Download

May 15 – 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Dubuque
Grand River Center
Tour Download

May 15 – 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Waterloo
Cedar Valley SportsPlex
Tour Download

Week 2:

May 20 – 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Atlantic
Cass County Community Center
Tour Download

May 20 – 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Council Bluffs
Mid-America Center - Convention Center
Tour Download

May 21 – 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Sioux City
Seaboard Triumph Foods Expo Center
Tour Download

May 21 – 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Okoboji
The Roof Garden Ballroom at Arnolds Park
Tour Download

May 22 – 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Algona
Columbia Events Center
Tour Download

May 22 – 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Clear Lake
Surf Ballroom
Tour Download

2020 and 2021 Virtual Tailgate Tour

2020 Show 2021 Show

*The Cyclone Tailgate Tour was a virtual event in 2020 and 2021.

Special Events Photo Gallery

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