Join the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences prior to the ISU vs. UNI football game for the college's annual BBQ.

September 3

3 to 6 p.m.

Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center


RSVP Today:

RSVP's are due Friday, August 20 by completing the online form, or contacting Haley Cook, hcook@iastate.edu, 515-294-0705. Please include the number of guests attending and specific dietary requirements.

CALS Kids Corner:

Enjoy fun for all ages in the CALS Kids Corner. Offerings include hands-on activities from CALS student organizations, a CALS Cyclone photo booth, balloon animals, door prizes and more!

Food and Beverage:

Ames' favorite Hickory Park BBQ will be served from 3 to 6 p.m. A freewill donation (suggested $5 per person) will be accepted at the door. Special accommodations for meals will be made with advance notice. Please specify dietary needs when filling out the online form.

Football Tickets:

Football tickets may be purchased through ISU Athletics by calling the ticket office at 888-478-2925 or visiting ISU Athletics websiteSingle game tickets will be available for purchase Thursday, August 18.


The BBQ takes place in the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center's Marvin J. Walter and Alpha Gamma Rho Arena. The Hansen Center is a multipurpose arena and learning center located on south side of campus on Mortensen Road. The facility opened for classes during the Spring 2014 semester. 

Complimentary parking is available onsite, and is located on the east and west sides of the building. Entrances to parking lots are accessible from Mortensen Road. 

Attendees wishing to park in public parking surrounding the stadium, may park in the following lots:

Directions to the Hansen Center:

Address: 2516 Mortensen Road, Ames, IA 50011

Directions from the East:

  • Take Highway 30 West to the University Blvd/Iowa State University Exit
  • Turn Right on University Boulevard
  • Turn Left on Mortensen Road
  • Turn Left in to the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center (across from Towers residence halls)

Directions from the West:

  • Take Highway 30 East to the South Dakota Exit
  • Turn Left on South Dakota Avenue
  • Turn Right on Mortensen Road
  • Turn Right in to the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center (across from Towers residence halls)

Local Shuttle/Walking Directions to the Stadium:

A shuttle will be available from 3:30 to 6 p.m. from the Hansen Center to Jack Trice Stadium for the game. Kick-off is 7 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: One shuttle will be available to return attendees to the Hansen Center from the stadium. Due to post-game traffic, the shuttle will depart ONE HOUR after the completion of the football game, in front of Reiman Gardens on the south side of the stadium.

Jack Trice Stadium is located one mile from the Hansen Center. Walking takes approximately 10-15 minutes.

Walking directions:

  • Cross Mortensen Road at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center
  • Turn Left on Ash Avenue 
  • Turn Right on Country Club Road
  • Continue Right on Cessna Street
  • Continue Straight on South 4th Street to Stadium

Hotel Availability

A list of hotels available in Ames and surrounding communities is available through the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau.  To find general availability of guest rooms for the weekend of September 3, please call the Bureau directly at 515.232.4032

We look forward to seeing you September 3!

View photos from the 2015 BBQ.

For more information, please contact:

Haley Cook
Coordinator, Alumni Relations and Events
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences