AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State football team is going bowling for the 13th time in school history by accepting an invitation to play in the 2017 AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn.
The Cyclones will face No. 19 Memphis (10-2, 7-1 AAC) on Saturday, Dec. 30 at 11:30 a.m. CT. The game will be televised by ABC.
Iowa State returns to a bowl game for the first time since 2012. The Cyclones finished the regular season with a 7-5 mark and a 5-4 record in Big 12 play, tying for fourth in the conference and matching its school record for wins against conference competition.
Iowa State was ranked in the AP Top-25 for three-straight weeks, marking its first appearance in the AP poll since 2005. Behind two victories over AP Top-5 teams (Oklahoma, TCU), the Cyclones also made their first-ever appearance in the College Football Rankings, earning a spot at No. 15 in the initial poll.
Iowa State is one of three teams nationally with a pair of wins over top-5 opponents, doubling its career win total against top-5 foes (Iowa State was 1-56-2 vs. AP Top-5 teams heading into the season).
Cyclone fans smashed all school attendance records during the fall, averaging 57,931 fans per game in six home contests.
The AutoZone Liberty Bowl was established in 1959. The Cyclones last played in the Liberty Bowl in 2012 vs. Tulsa. ISU also played Georgia Tech in the 1972 Liberty Bowl.
Tickets for the 2017 Liberty Bowl cost $85-$95 each and sales begin Monday, Dec. 4 at 9 a.m. The athletics department has decided to offer ISU student tickets for $40 each and subsidize the price difference.
CYCLONE CLUB MEMBERS
Ticket orders can be placed either:
• Online at cyclones.com (Click here - login to your Cyclone Athletics Account to ensure your Cyclone Club priority is honored. If you do not remember your login information, call the Athletics Ticket Office.)
• By phone through the Iowa State Athletics Ticket Office (toll-free at 1-888-478-2925 or locally at 515-294-1816); or
• In person at the Iowa State Athletics Ticket Office, 1800 S. Fourth Street, Ames. Ticket Office hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday (Dec. 4) and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. beginning Tuesday (Dec. 5).
Seat locations for bowl tickets will not be determined at the time of purchase; locations will be allocated based upon Cyclone Club membership level and priority within that level. The deadline to place bowl ticket orders and ensure priority seating based upon your membership level is Thursday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m.
Priority seating limits will be applied at the following tickets levels per account: Directors Level (12 tickets), Victory Level (10 tickets), Captains Level (8 tickets), Gold Level (6 tickets) and Cardinal, States and Century Levels (4 tickets). Any additional tickets ordered by Cyclone Club members above their respective priority seating limit will be allocated in the best available locations based on availability.
All Cyclone Club donors and season ticketholders who purchase their bowl tickets through Iowa State's bowl ticket allotment will receive the following 2017 bowl bonus:
• 20 additional Cyclone Club priority points
• Opportunity to win 17 great prizes, including free season tickets, sideline passes to a home game, an official Cyclone bowl game uniform and more.
Note: All accounts that order bowl tickets through Iowa State will automatically receive 20 additional Cyclone Club priority points for 2018 and will be entered into a free lottery to win great prizes. Current season ticketholders who win "free season tickets" will have their account credited for the cost of up to four (4) 2018 season tickets (excludes club seats and suites).
NON-DONORS and GENERAL PUBLIC
Season ticket holders who are not Cyclone Club members and the general public can also purchase their bowl tickets online, via phone or in-person at the athletics ticket office. Seat locations for those tickets will be determined after all Cyclone Club priority orders are filled. Click here to order tickets online.
CHARITY DONATION TICKET OPTION
Fans, that cannot attend the game but wish to support the bowl trip, can purchase tickets and they will be donated to a local charity. Please click here to donate tickets.
ADDITIONAL TICKET INFORMATION
Multiple delivery options available. Fans may manage tickets within their "My Cyclone Athletics Account" and print them at home or view them on a mobile device by choosing the "Print at Home" delivery option. If you choose the "UPS" option your tickets will be sent via UPS and will be delivered by Friday, Dec. 22.Tickets cannot be sent to a P.O. Box, so a street address is required when placing orders. If fans prefer picking up tickets at the bowl site, select the "Will Call" option when ordering. The bowl's "Will Call" location will be announced later.
All tickets are based on availability. Placing a ticket order does not guarantee ticket fulfillment. Ticket quantities are limited and your tickets may be placed in the next available price range, based on availability. If we are unable to accommodate your ticket order, a refund will be issued and you will be notified by Friday, Dec. 15.