Hilton Coliseum

Hilton Coliseum


The Hilton Coliseum has become one of the most beloved facilities to catch rim-rocking basketball action in the country. The facility was originally created to house the Iowa State men's basketball team as a part of the Iowa State Center for sports and cultural activities. It opened its doors in December of 1971 and has been home to Iowa State Cyclone basketball, gymnastics, volleyball and wrestling events throughout its 43-year history. The arena is named after Dr. James H. Hilton—a former ISU president—who pushed for the construction of the arena.

The $8.15 million facility became the home of the Iowa State men's and women's basketball teams as well as the volleyball, gymnastics and wrestling teams. The arena opened its doors in the early 1970s with the Cyclones defeating Arizona in a decisive victory. The Cyclone men's basketball team took home the victory during that first game, beating Arizona 71-54. Since then, the Cyclones have outscored countless teams and the events center has been the site of many exciting matchups between Iowa State and their toughest competition.

Teams/Events Hosted

Hilton Coliseum is home to the Cyclone men's basketball team who has been a top-seeded team in the NCAA for several years. Part of their success has come from playing in a state-of-the-art facility. The stadium has been the site for several playoff games featuring the Iowa State basketball team, and it continues to be a venue full of excitement and non-stop sports action.

The stadium has not only been the site of numerous net-swishing battles between college basketball teams, but it has also been the site of many other exciting events including intense women's volleyball matchups, gymnastics meets and wrestling matches. The arena even hosted a special event in 2006 and 2008 called Beauty and the Beast where more than 7,000 fans watched wrestling and gymnastics simultaneously. The facility is said to be one of the best events centers in the country for home court advantage. Cyclone fans are some of the most dedicated fans in the country, and their cheering has been said to shake the floor of the arena.

And the stadium isn't just about sports. It also hosts some of the most exciting concerts and live musical performances in the country. And with a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, you are sure to have a memorable concert experience.

Home City

This state-of-the-art stadium is located in Ames, Iowa, which is known for its thriving arts and theater culture. The city offers residents and visitors the chance to sample all that the art and theater world have to offer, without having to venture very far. It is also known for being the home of Iowa State University of Science and Technology. The university leads the country in agriculture, design, engineering and veterinary medicine. Iowa State is one of the first designated land-grant universities that was created initially to teach the next generation of agricultural scientists and engineers. Ames is also the site for one of two national sites for the US Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the USDA's National Animal Disease Center. The disease center is one of the largest centers in the US that focuses their research on solving animal health and food safety problems facing livestock producers and the public as a whole.

Parking/Seating Layout

When game time comes, you don't want to be stuck trying to find a parking spot. Finding a suitable parking location for your car, SUV, truck or RV is crucial to an enjoyable experience at the stadium. There are several options when it comes to parking near the stadium, all of which are within walking distance of the park. And although you might have to pay a nominal parking fee, it is worth it.

There are several ways to park at Hilton Coliseum. You can park and walk to the arena from one of the many surface parking lots around the campus that include student and employee parking. And parking close to the arena will also grant you access to a plethora of restaurants and nightlife in the surrounding area.

Seating is available all around the Cyclone's home court, with courtside seating and several sections of general admission seating. There is a different seating configuration for each type of event, but every seat in the house is a good one. With clear sightlines and an excellent sound and visual system, you won't miss a moment of the action. And if you're hungry for more than a great matchup between tough competitors, then you can try one of the many food and beverage options available inside the arena. There are standard foods like hot dogs, nachos and pizza, as well as BBQ pulled-pork sandwiches, veggie chopped salads and Cy-Cone ice cream that is a signature dish at the coliseum.


Unlike many other arenas, Hilton Coliseum is alcohol free. Alcohol is not sold in the concession area and is not allowed inside the facility. But, don't worry, you won't go thirsty. There are several vendors in the concourse area that offer delicious food and beverages for all of the Hilton Coliseum guests. There is soda, freshly-brewed coffee, hot chocolate and State Fair Lemonade.

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