New rivalries & new facilities when Cyclones and Horned Frogs meet this week


It’s a meet-and-greet weekend for Iowa State and TCU.

As newly minted league colleagues, the Cyclones and Horned Frogs are playing games against one another in football (Saturday in Ft. Worth) and soccer (Friday in Ames) this week.

An interesting sidebar is that the new rivalries are being established in new/refurbished venues, too.

When the football teams clash, it will be the first-ever Big 12 contest in Amon G. Carter Stadium. TCU’s 80-year-old facility has undergone more than $100 million in renovations. The Cyclones will be the first Big 12 team to play there.

“Their athletics department and their fans have already begun Big 12 play and now they get to do it at home in a revamped stadium that I’ve been told is out of sight,” Coach Paul Rhoads said. “We look forward to being part of that atmosphere.”

The soccer teams will meet in the brand new, $10.7 million Cyclone Sports Complex. That facility is the new home for ISU soccer, track & field and softball.

Soccer Coach Wendy Dillinger’s team has been itching to get in their new digs.

“I think it’s just going to give us more motivation and incentive on Friday when we see TCU,” Dillinger said. “We were out there last week for training and the players are very, very excited.”

Although most of the attention will be on new rivalries being established this weekend, it’s also a new beginning facility wise.

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