Iowa Hawkeyes Gameday Traditions
Football Saturday's in Iowa City are very exciting and traditional.
Along with cheering on the Hawks and wearing black and gold, fans love saluting 1939 Heisman Winner Nile Kinnick's statue outside of the stadium and having fun inside.
The Nile Kinnick Statue
This towering tribute to 1939 Heisman winner Nile Knnick is a must see when attending a game at the University's Nile Kinnick Stadium.
Iowa's favorite son died in a WW II while training as a U.S. Naval Aviator. The school renamed it's stadium in his honor in 1972.
Iowa Gameday Traditions
Include Lots of AC/DC and More
Hawkeye Victory Polka
After every Iowa win, the Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band plays the Hawkeye Victory Polka, the band's adaptation of the polka song, "In Heaven There Is No Beer". Many fans sing along as well. After losses, only the Iowa Fight Song is played.
Back In Black
Before the runs onto the field, the stadium plays "Back in Black" by AC/DC and the video board shows the school's football players walking from the locker room to the field entrance.
The Hawkeyes enter the field to the song Enter Sandman by Metallica. The video screen shows Iowa's equipment semi smashing into the opposing team's logo as the Hawks swarm onto the field.
The Hawkeye Marching Band will perform the Imperial March after the defensive unit forces a 4th down, while the fans clap in an up and down motion, imitating the beak of a Hawk chomping.
When the defense on the field during 3rd down, The beginning of AC/DC's Hell's Bells is played to get the fans fired up for the upcoming play. Courtesy: Wikipedia
Playing for the "New" Cy-Hawk Trophy
On one special Football Saturday the Hawkeyes face off against in-state rival Iowa State. The two teams play for bragging rights and the Cy-Hawk Trophy. A new version (graphic above) has been introduced for 2012 and beyond.
The new trophy depicts the teams' mascots, Cy for the Cyclones and Herky for the Hawkeyes, standing under a football and in front of corn. A "new" trophy was unveiled in 2011 that featured a farm family huddled around a bushel of corn. The designed was so disliked that it never saw the light of a Football Saturday.