You also might have greater success outside of Ames, where more alumni (aka $$$) live
I always thought it would be fun to have a Cyclone themed bar really close to Front Row or The Longest Yard and have big street parties for Iowa State vs. Iowa...
There are constantly threads on here for people looking for game-watches for away games. I think your sports bar idea is good. I don't think clothing would work out as well, unless you diversified it quite a bit and made it unique.
Easy there killer, just relaying what I've been told by people in the retail business that deal with college and pro licensed items. I have specifically asked why I see certain Hawkeye or other college team apparel that is really cool but the same item isn't availabe for ISU. They have told me that their vendors tell them it's b/c Iowa and some other colleges are more lenient when it comes to licensing products than ISU is. Now that could mean a variety of things. I'm sure ISU lets all of the same merchandisers/vendors to make ISU products as all of the other colleges but they may limit the amount or type of items that they can make. I'm not sure, just relaying what I've been told.
If you can keep expenses down, atomosphere and classiness up, and prices afordable people will come. Too many sports bars are too generic. If you do somthing diffrent it could work.
I don't know anything about West DSM or Ankeny though. Lots of things are in strip malls and tough to find. I thin that sends lots of start ups out of business. Its all about location location location
Don't any of you Des Moines people remember Off Campus, that store that sold Iowa State and Iowa stuff exclusively? They added UNI later. Had two locations in Des Moines, one by Hobby Lobby on Merle Hay and one out by Valley West. It was open for a number of years before closing down.
And regarding the ISU bar, guess this bunch hasn't heard of Keg Stand, it is owned by Clone fans and caters to Clone fans. You guys could be talking about a more Cyclone-themed bar, though, like Wallaby's.
I would go to this bar probably every away game, especially during basketball season
Maybe you could call it the "Case IH Red Zone" and have tractor night in the 20-yard painted parking lot.:rolleyes: