Sioux City Tailgate a Repeat Hit
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Siouxland Iowa State fans turned out in big numbers for the second straight year as Sioux City hosted the Cyclone Tailgate Tour Tuesday at the Long Lines Arena Building. More than 700 fans flocked to the tent that hosted the day’s festivities.
“This year’s crowd was even bigger than last year’s and that was a big crowd,” Iowa State athletics special events director Ryan McGuire said. “The weather was great and we really appreciate the participation by Cyclone fans.”
ISU women’s basketball coach Bill Fennelly noted that area prep star Kelsey Bolte from Ida Grove made a huge contribution to the Cyclones’ 2007-08 season that included advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
“We really appreciate the support of you fans who have to come from several hours away to support our program,” Fennelly said.
Cyclone head men’s basketball coach Greg McDermott, who at one time coached at nearby Wayne State (Nebraska), told the crowd that the season couldn’t start too soon.
“Ten of our 13 returning players will be freshmen or sophomores next season,” McDermott said. “We are working hard to put a good team on the floor for you next winter.”
Iowa State athletics director Jamie Pollard, who was the driving force in establishing a Tailgate Tour, invited all children to come forward to the head table.
“These little Cyclones are the future of our athletics program,” Pollard said. “You parents are very important to us but your children are even more important because these young ones are the next generation of ISU students, athletes and fans.
Head football coach Gene Chizik said seven incoming Cyclone football freshmen have already arrived on campus.
“By tomorrow, we will have 21 of 25 freshmen in Ames working to make a contribution this fall,” Chizik said.
The tour started its day at the June E. Nylen Cancer Center in Sioux City. Pollard, Chizik, McDermott, Fennelly and head wrestling coach Cael Sanderson and additional ISU coaches and staff talked to people who use the outpatient facility.
The center offers advanced outpatient cancer care to persons in the tri-state area of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. Patients utilize radiation therapy, chemotherapy and support services that are helping individuals enjoy longer, healthier lives.
The tour ends Wednesday inn Omaha, Neb. at Oak View Mall with a final stop that will last from 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.