Kids who want to throw a football should do so on the grass hills outside of the concession stands IMO.
But some of my best memories of ISU games were sitting on the grass hills in my childhood playing football.
This thread was intended to let out my thoughts, and to let anyone who was weighing out the hillside debate to know one take on the subject. Had I read things like this before getting the tickets, I wouldn't have. I will not purchase them again. We have seats for the remainder of this years game. I am still glad that we were at the games.
I read the argument that the hillsides were good for families. Maybe they are for quite a few families, but nearly getting knocked over with my 1 year old in my arms, because of being slammed into by a boy who was between 10 and 13 is not ok for my family. My 7 year old getting hit in the back with a football, is not ok for my family. Like I said I just will not be purchasing hillside tickets again. I am glad for those people that like it. I also wish that these kids had some manners as well. None of them say excuse me, or appoligise. If I caught my son acting in that manner, he would swallow the whole bar of soap. I am only 26 so I'm not from another time or something, I just believe in making my kids behave. Undisciplined children is something you see more and more everywhere though. That in my opinion is the reason for the hightened crime rates across the country. I don't even spank my children, but my 7 year old does know to be polite and use his manners.
I think the hillsides serve a great purpose. And I think with the introduction and success of the Li'l Clone club, we're going to see more kids on the hillsides. I also agree that those who buy hillside tickets should be aware that it's a family area and if your intent is to sit and watch the game uninterrupted, then those maybe aren't the tickets for you.
At this time, I'm not ready to bring my kids to a football game at JT. They're just too young, but I hope in another year or two we can start. I'm assuming we'll probably sit on the hillsides. I'll do my best to teach them to be safe and respectful of those around them, but they're kids. I'm not going to force them to sit and watch the game if they don't want to - that would cause even more problems than letting them run around. I want to expose them to Cyclone football and have them experience JT at an early age rather than wait until they're teenagers (and still not willing to sit through an entire game) to do so.
Fair enough, but you will have to expect differing opinions on your rant. You would also have to expect people to post those opinions when you post yours on a message board.
So, don't get bent out of shape when that happens.
My 10 and 14 year olds hated the hillside. They wanted to watch the game so we moved to the seats. Very few to choose from though...that's a good thing!
Little known fact about hillside tickets: If you go to the ticket office and complain that you did not have sufficient space or that your view was blocked by other people or kids running around or playing football, etc., they will refund your ticket price no questions asked. At least that's the way it has been in the past up to and including last year -- I doubt it's changed.
cannot wait for the South hillsides to be bowled in.
Unattended/unsupervised kids are not unique to the hillsides.
I sit in the south end zone, second row from the top. Two adorable little girls, maybe 4 and 6 or 7, were allowed to roam up and down the aisle pretty much at will the whole game, while their mom and her friend chatted (no watching football going on at all).
No problem there. But when they started throwing trash (plastic cups, wrappers, etc) over the back of the section down onto the port-o-potties below that is a problem. Luckily some random fan intervened when they were getting ready to launch a full souvenior cup of Coke.
Mom had no clue. I'm no fun hating old guy (well, ok sometimes) but it seems a little unsafe to let kids that size have free reign in an environment like that.
i think that is just what you get when sign up to sit on the hill side. don't like it, get a seat in the stadium is probably what the athletic department is thinking.
I remember the days of sliding down the hills on pizza boxes! Those were the days!