When it came to football, my alma mater VMI was a far cry from the prime-time likes of Virginia Tech, Maryland, or WVU, which were just a few hours away in any direction. Even so, home game Saturdays in fall were still a special time. Spirits were high, friends and family were in town for the pre (and post) game festivities, and if the mighty Keydets won the day, the Corps would get an extended curfew and optional march-down to breakfast on Sunday.

Ahem…like I said… it was a far, far cry. Needless to say, my love for the college game was somewhat tempered by my mundane experiences. However, since moving to Iowa (a state with no professional teams), and having two brothers go to Virginia Tech and experiencing the fun and excitement first hand, my passion for the game has grown.

This past Saturday I was fortunate to make my first-ever pilgrimage to the “hallowed grounds” of Kinnick Stadium, historic home to the Iowa Hawkeyes to experience some big-time college football of my own! With a ticket to spare, I grabbed my good pal Eric and made the 90-minute trip to Iowa City.

At Eric’s suggestion, we took parked in nearby Coralville, scarfed a quick breakfast, a took the 10-minute ride on the the “Hawkeye Express” to save time, money, and frustrations trying to park near the stadium.

Best. Idea. Ever… as in no time flat we were disembarked just outside the main entrance.

Foregoing the tailgate scene (booze before noon? No thanks.), we found our {amazing!} seats early enough to catch the pre-game warmups…

…before walking around the stadium and taking in the sights.

But soon it was go-time, and Herky was leading our boys onto the field and into action!

With temps in the 70’s, the afternoon turned out to be utterly awesome, and the game turned out to be an outright romping of the Indiana Hoosiers. An historic romp, even… as Hawkeye wide receiver Marvin McNutt, Jr. set the schools all-time touchdown receptions record. Good timing!

Snapping a celebratory victory photo after the game, we soon made our way back to the Hawkeye Express, and then west on I-80 home again as we listened to the sports junkies on the call-in shows exclaim what an amazing day it was at Kinnick.

We couldn’t agree more…our return trip is already in the works 😉

big, big thanks goes out to Missy and Kelsey for giving Eric and I some much-needed bro time…just let us know when you girls need a shopping day, spa day, or even a football day of your own {we don’t discriminate here!}, and we’ve got you covered!

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About Tom Hardinge

Loving husband to my wife Missy, loving father to my four daughters Sienna, Rowan, Jovie, and Lola. I'm a chronic over-packer who loves good coffee, good music, running, waffle tee's, fleece pants, and Jesus Christ!

4 thoughts on “Gameday

  1. that’s awesome about the bus, parking/walking forever away is one of my least favorite things about Kinnick, so we’ll have to try it out some time!!

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