Record Turnout At Meet The Coaches Night
DES MOINES, Iowa – A record number of over 1,100 faithful Cyclone fans showed up at the annual Meet The Coaches Night at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines tonight.
But this really shouldn’t surprise you. The Iowa State Athletics Department has been in a record-setting mode as of late. For example, Iowa State officials announced on Monday it exhausted all of its season tickets (over 43,000) for football for the first time in school history.
The anticipation for the 2013-14 season was evident at Meet The Coaches Night, as fans got the opportunity to revel in the excitement of Cyclone Athletics with the coaches and administration.
When Iowa State Athletics Director Jamie Pollard took over as leader of Cyclone athletics in 2005, he laid out a plan for the athletics department. He was hoping season tickets for football would exceed 28,000 in his first year (2006) and would increase yearly. With a commitment to detail, his vision has exceeded all expectations. He thanked the passionate Iowa State fanbase for their support and generosity.
“To think there was a day where we were happy to have 40,000 at a game,” Pollard said. “Now we have a chance to have sellouts in our first four games of over 56,000 people. That is unbelievable. I can’t thank you enough for what you are doing for us.”
Iowa State head football coach Paul Rhoads, who’s led the Cyclones to three bowl games in his four years, was there to ignite the crowd with another emotional speech.
Rhoads took time out of fall camp to thank Cyclone Nation for their loyalty.
“I told our fans in 2010 you better get your season tickets today because there will come a day where you won’t be able to get any. Thank you, Cyclone Nation!”