ISU's football attendance increase boosts Iowa's share from Cy-Hawk game

Scott Dochterman
Published: May 3 2012 | 1:56 pm - Updated: 31 March 2014 | 6:38 pm in
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Iowa State's record football attendance increase last fall did more than just help the athletics department's bottom line; it also padded Iowa's coffers with a larger chunk of change from their 2011 Cy-Hawk football battle.

Iowa State, which played host to the 2011 game, sent Iowa a check for $428,252.60. That's an increase of $47,252 from 2009. The schools' football contract allows the visiting team to receive 20 percent of the gate — post taxes — through 2012. From 2013 through the end of the contract in 2017, the home team keeps all gate revenue. The teams have played every year since 1977.

The Cyclones averaged a school-record 53,647 attendance for its six home games last fall, eclipsing a 29-year-old record by 1,741 fans per game. Iowa State officials listed its attendance for the Sept. 10, 2011 game — which Iowa State won 44-41 in triple overtime — at 56,085. The teams will meet again Sept. 8 at Kinnick Stadium.

Iowa and Iowa State interpret the contract differently. Iowa pays its 20 percent from the game itself. Iowa State pays its 20 percent from an average seasonal gate. Kinnick Stadium seats about 14,000 more fans than Jack Trice Stadium, so Iowa's 20 percent payment is larger than what Iowa State pays.

After the 2009 and 2007 games in Ames, Iowa received $381,000 and $330,389, respectively. Iowa paid Iowa State $551,813 in 2010 and $616,383 in 2008.

In its most recent four trips to Kinnick Stadium (2004-06-08-10), Iowa State has earned a combined $2,342,235.44 as the visitor (a $585,558.86 per-game average). Iowa has earned a combined $1,526,555.77 (a $381,638.94 per-game average) in its last four games at Jack Trice Stadium (2005-07-09-11).

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