AMES, Iowa –For the second straight year, Hilton Coliseum was the site for the ever-popular Cyclone Fan Fest Sunday afternoon. And to nobody's surprise, the annual event drew a huge crowd of Cyclone fans, as the Iowa State Athletics Department officially kickstarted the 2013-14 athletics season.
There is no doubt the Fan Fest has become one of the more anticipated events of the school year. Not only does it signify the excitement of the start of a new season, but more importantly, it allows fans of all ages the chance to meet their favorite players from the various sport teams.
An estimated total of over 6,000 fans showed up this afternoon, and Associate Athletics Director for Marketing Mary Pink was very pleased with the turnout.
"The first time we hosted this event we thought if we had 2,000 people here we would be excited," Pink said. "Every year it continues to grow and become a bigger event. I am so impressed with our fanbase and how they show up for everything."
Pink also noted the importance of having quality coaches who appreciate the fan support to make this event so successful.
"Our coaches and student-athletes all embrace being accessible to our fans," Pink added. "Just watching some of the sessions we had today and seeing our players and coaches talk to the fans is so refreshing."
Inflatables, interactive games and autograph sessions were the primary attractions at Fan Fest, especially the lines to meet the successful and popular head coaches of the ISU Athletics Department. Iowa State head men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg is one of those popular head coaches. He always enjoys Fan Fest.
"I've said it many times that there isn't a more passionate fanbase in the country," said The Mayor. "You truly understand the power of Cyclone Nation when you come to an event like this."