University of Iowa

GAME DAY TRADITIONS

Nickname:   Hawkeyes
School Colors:   Black & Old Gold
Mascot:   Herkey

 

NILE KINNICK STATUE

On the south side of the stadium sits a 20-foot-tall bronze statue of Nile Kinnick, the University of Iowa’s only Heisman Trophy winner (1939) who was later killed in 1943 during WWII, despit... (more)

NILE KINNICK'S HEISMAN SPEECH

Nile Kinnick is the University of Iowa’s only Heisman Trophy winner. In his 1939 Heisman speech, Kinnick lamented about his time at the University of Iowa, "I thank God I was warring on the gridirons of the Midwest and not on the battlefields of Europe," Kinnick was later killed during a training flight crash off the coast of Venezuela in 1943 at the age of 24. His body was never found. The foot... (more)

BACK IN BLACK & THE SWARM

During Hayden Fry’s time as head coach at Iowa, he introduced many traditions, including “The Swarm.” Led by Herky Hawkeye, the team jogs slowly onto the field through the tunnel. With the captains in front, the entire team locks hands as a symbol of strength, unity and support for each other. Today, the team entrance is accompanied by AC/DC's "Back in Black" blaring through the sound system... (more)

HERKY THE HAWK & THE SPIRIT SQUAD

The state of Iowa has made claim to the nickname “Hawkeyes” since the early 1800’s and in 1948, began the search for a mascot image to match the name. Dick Spencer, a Professor of Journalism and former... (more)

HAWKEYE MARCHING BAND

HAWKEYE MARCHING BAND TRADITIONS The first band at the University of Iowa was a 40-piece brass band established on March 11, 1875 as a branch of the Iowa Corps of Cadets. Unfortunately, for reasons unknown, this group only lasted one year. In 1880, a 13-piece cornet band was established under student leadership, but it... (more)

SCHOOL SONGS

Iowa Fight Song Best known for his musical, “The Music Man,” Iowa native Meredith Willson also wrote the “Iowa Fight Song” for the University in 1950. It was written after Les Zacheis, a writer for the Cedar Rapids Gazette, challenged Willson to write a “spirited swinging state song.” The song was first played on the Tallulah Bankhead Radio Show on New Year... (more)

PRE-GAME CONCERT

One hour and 15 minutes before scheduled kick-off, the Hawkeye Marching Band performs a pregame concert inside of the Recreation Building, located just to the northwest of Kinnick Stadium across Stadium Drive. The cheerleaders and Herky Hawkeye also join in for the show. The Hawkeye Marching Band Drumline performs a "warm-up" outside the Recreation Building, 30 minutes prior to the concert. Before... (more)

PRE-GAME ALMA MATER & THE BOOM

Unlike some other schools in the Big Ten, the Iowa Alma Mater is not played during football games, due to the length of the song and the complexity of the lyrics and melodies. For this reason, the Alma Mater has been an 'unofficial trademark' of sorts for the HMB.  They perform two versions of the Alma Mater, an instrumental and a vocal version. The instrumental version is rarely played due to th... (more)

Arranged by former HMB director Tom Davis, this popular Beatles classic was first played during a halftime show in 1968. The band then began to play the song during the break between the 3rd and 4th quarters. The song is now played during the band's Rec Building Concert, post-game performances and other special events. --Carte... (more)

I-O-W-A CHEER

Led by the cheerleaders waving big flags with each letter, each of the four sections of the stadium shout a letter, repeatedly spelling IOWA while forming the letters with their arms. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv8E8R6fy4c... (more)

HAWKEYE VICTORY POLKA

The HMB plays their rendition of the song "In Heaven There Is No Beer" after every Hawkeye victory. The band alternates between the verses instrumentally and vocally, leading the Hawkeye fans. The song was originally played many times during a game when it was first introduced in the 1960s. However, controversy arose concerning the song's lyrics. Critics of the song claimed that the tune promoted ... (more)