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The Game Day Experience at UNI

 

 

 

Student Groups | Tailgating | Facilities | Getting to UNI and in the Venue

 

• STUDENT GROUPS •

UNI STAT

The official student fan club for Panther Athletics

 

 

 

• TAILGATING •

 

You Can Tailgate at UNI!
It is a misperception that it is illegal to tailgate at UNI football games, however there are rules and regulations that must be followed. The tailgating rules are made and enforced by UNI Police. Tailgating is becoming a huge part of college football at UNI, and it gives our fans a unique atmosphere to enjoy before our games. UNI Athletics would like to sell out every home football game in the UNI-Dome, we want to have our parking lots packed because each game creates an atmosphere and energy level that leads up to kickoff and through the game. The UNI football team only has between five and seven home games per year, which means there are only a few opportunities to take advantage of the pre-party prior to UNI football games.

 

Policy
All tailgating activities can start four hours prior to game time, but must stop 15 minutes before kick-off. Also activities are not permitted to resume at any time during the game and can only continue for one hour afterwards. This is one of the major differences between tailgating that occurs at UNI and that which occurs at other universities. Tailgates are allowed to have up to 25 people, but if the number exceeds this amount, the group must register with the athletic facilities office ((319) 273-3603) and pay a refundable $100 deposit. Drinking of alcoholic beverages is permitted, but we would like to remind students to drink responsibly and clean up after themselves. If you are over 21 and have minors at your party, you could be subject of a charge of contributing to a minor. Other rules to keep in mind are that kegs, bottles and open fires are prohibited.

 

Tailgating Areas
The new west lot of the UNI-Dome and a portion of the south art lot are reserved for members of the Panther Scholarship Club and the WRC metered lot is assigned to media. All other parking lots (north lot and south art overflow) are first come, first serve and are open for individuals wanting to come and tailgate.

 

 

• FACILITIES •

The University of Northern Iowa has three of the most unique venues in the state of Iowa that contribute to a great game day experience for Panther Fans.

 

UNI-Dome
The UNI-Dome, built in 1976, combines the features of a field house, football stadium and large auditorium. Panther football, men's basketball, and track teams call this home. The "Dome", one of the state's most recognized landmarks, will seat 16,400 football fans, 10,000-20,000 for basketball, and can accommodate nearly 25,000 people for concerts. The roar of large crowds under the permanent steel roof has helped the Panther Football team record a 145-36-1 in the temperature controlled facility. Because of the vast openness of the UNI-Dome for basketball games, it makes it difficult for many visiting teams to find the hoop. The "Dome" hosted 22,797 fans in 1990 when the Panthers beat the Iowa Hawkeyes 77-74.

 

McLeod Center
The new $23 million McLeod Center, currently under construction, officially opened November 18, 2006 when the UNI Volleyball team played host to Bradley and won 3-0 and became the 2006 MVC regular season champions. UNI's first true sports arena will feature just under 7,000 seats and be home to Panther Basketball, Wrestling and Volleyball.  The UNI Men's Basketball team hosted their first game in the facility on November 19th versus Wisconsin-Milwaukee (won 69-58), the Panther Women's Basketball squad hosted Iowa State (lost 80-74 OT) on Monday, November 20th, and wrestling will hosted Iowa (lost 18-15) on Tuesday, November 21st.

 

The West Gym
The West Gym is the current home to the UNI wrestling program. It also used to house the playing venue for UNI women's volleyball and women's basketball.
It was built in 1925 for a mere $180,000. This venue annually ranked among one of the toughest places to play for opposing volleyball teams. Tremendous fan support and an outstanding volleyball program gave the Panthers a 74-match home court winning streak from 1997-2004, the second best in NCAA History. The West Gym seats a capacity of 2,051 spectators, and was regularly full when the Panther Volleyball team was on its home court.

 

• GETTING TO UNI AND IN THE VENUE  •

 

UNI-Dome (Football, Indoor Track & Field, UNI Softball Tournament)

Directions
The UNI-Dome is located on the west side of Hudson Road in Cedar Falls across from the UNI campus. Access Hudson Road from the south on US Highway 20 from exit 224. From the north, Hudson Road intersects Highway 57 on the west side of Cedar Falls.

 

Parking
There are many parking lots around the UNI-Dome. There is parking North, West and East of the Dome. The North Lot holds 1,303 cars. The new West Lot (on Panther Parkway) holds over 500 cars. There is also event parking east of Hudson Road. The Schindler Lot holds 244 cars. Turn onto 23rd Street, turning into campus, then taking your first right will get you to this lot. The parking lots west of Campbell Hall are also accessible during Dome events. This lot holds 515 cars. To get here also turn on the 23rd Street and take your first left.

 

Tickets and Entry to the UNI-Dome
Football: Ticket windows are available at the NW, SW, NE and SE entrances for fans to purchase available tickets, and then gain entry to the venue. Men's Basketball: Ticket windows are available at the NE and SE entrances to allow fans to purchase available tickets for games and then enter the basketball arena. Ticket Information >>

 

 

McLeod Center (Men's and Women's Basketball, Volleyball)

Directions
The McLeod Center is located on the west side of Hudson Road in Cedar Falls across from the UNI campus. Access Hudson Road from the south on US Highway 20 from exit 224. From the north, Hudson Road intersects Highway 57 on the west side of Cedar Falls.

 

Parking
There are many parking lots around the McLeod Center. There is parking North, West and East of the arena. The North Lot holds 1,303 cars. The West Lot (on Panther Parkway) holds over 500 cars. There is also event parking east of Hudson Road. The Schindler Lot holds 244 cars. Turn onto 23rd Street, turning into campus, then taking your first right will get you to this lot. The parking lots west of Campbell Hall are also accessible during McLeod Center events. This lot holds 515 cars. To get here also turn on the 23rd Street and take your first left.   There will also be a limited amount of premium parking just west of the new building off of Panther Parkway.

 

Tickets and Entry to the McLeod Center
Ticket window locations will are available this fall
. Ticket Information >>

 

 

West Gym (Wrestling)

Directions
The West Gym is located on the east edge of the UNI main campus off of Hudson Road. Access Hudson Road from the south on US Highway 20 from exit 224. From the north, Hudson Road intersects Highway 57 on the west side of Cedar Falls. Follow Hudson Road to 23rd Street, turning east and then turning south to enter the lot adjacent to the gym.

 

Parking
The Schindler Lot is adjacent to the West Gym with a capacity of 244 parking spaces. Turn onto 23rd Street, turning into campus, then taking your first right will get you to this lot. The parking lots west of Campbell Hall are also accessible during events. This lot holds 515 cars. To get here also turn on the 23rd Street and take your first turn north.

 

Tickets and Entry to the West Gym
All Events: Tickets are available at the main east entrance for fans to purchase available tickets, and then gain entry to the venue. Ticket Information >>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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