The track and playing surface were torn up in 2001 to make way for the new housing. That area was the band's practice field through the 2000 season. There was a pic in the Ames Trib of them practicing on a rock-hard iced-over field in preparation for the Insight.com Bowl.
Other fun fact: The track actually went underneath the south end zone seating.
Intersection in upper left is Lincoln Way and Welch.
Intersection in upper right is Lincoln Way and Sheldon.
That's State Gym on the left side of this pic:
Some great photos. I lived in Helser in the late 90's and the field was still intact at that point. We used to play football out there from time to time.
I remember going to the K State game when steve grogin was quarterbacking the wildcats...
We parked in someones back yard a couple blocks west of clyde williams and then walked down to a pizza joint for a couple of beers and pizza...
The stadium was full and it was fun to watch the game but the facilities were not good esp the restrooms...
It was probably past time for Ia State to upgrade to a new football stadium when they built jack trice....
I was there when they added rows to to top of the east side and before the south endzone was closed. Original capacity was around 18000 and the addition brought it up to around 22000. Walked across the street from old Westgate Hall for the games. Parking was on the old ROTC drill fields and wasn't a problem. A popular chant was "All the way to Lincoln Way." We snuck in with vodka injected oranges in those days. Alcohol was strictly prohibited on campus and tailgating was yet to be invented. Fifty yard line seats behind the ISU bench were easy to get if you arrived an hour before kickoff, but there were usually 4-5000 noisy students there. Not bad for a student body of around 9000.
The first year or two I was in college (late 70s) the stadium was still there. I lived in Friley and motorcycle parking was under the east side of the stadium.
FB was in the current location.
I used to hear stories about that track going under the stands from my old coach. He would recall some of the fast people to ever run for ISU running on that track. I can't remember who was in the stories but nonetheless I would have loved to run on a unique track like that.
I also heard stories of training from a certain silver medalist in the 400H. Back in his day, they would train in the concourse on hilton. Can you imagine those runners training in a facility like that. I mean at that time, they had the first 4x4 team to have 3 runners run 44 something. Impressive!
awesome pictures and stories. really cool stuff. :cool:
I wish theyd finish off what they started there and build the 3rd new building and tear down helser. Its quite a dump compared to all the buildings around it. (lived there one year... that was enough). Also, would make a lot of room for some more parking and green space.
So that's what it was like when students went to games?
I lived in Friley last year and I always wished the Football Stadium and Basketball arena were at the same location as Cap Timm Field. They wouldnt have flooded in 1993 and I wouldnt have had to walk as far! State Avenue probably would have been the gateway to campus if that would have taken place then.