Outdoor Venues

With approximately 30,000 students on campus, we have plenty of space to spread out. Our top notch sporting venues and green space will allow you to host events at all levels-whether it be team building activities outdoors, a campground for 20,000 cyclists or sporting events (professional and amateur) will thrive using our venues.

Iowa State University Green Space

Central Campus

Named a "medallion" site by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the central lawn hosts many of Iowa State's largest events throughout the year.  It's vast area and beauty make it one of the university's favorite spots, also located close to any campus building.

Cross Country Course

ISU's Cross Country Course has been host to 12 NCAA Championships since it's dedication in 1995.  This was the first course in the nation designed exclusively for competition cross country racing, with an 8,000-meeter course for men and 6,000-meter course for women.

Harvester Courtyard - Iowa State Center

Located in the center of the Iowa State Center, this spacious area is perfect for any gathering.

Maple-Willow-Larch Recreation Field

A 17 acre space near Maple-Willow Larch Residence Hall ready for any special event or sporting event.

RCA Courtyard

Large courtyard in the Richardson Court Association residence area that can host large gatherings, concerts and recreation.

Southeast Recreation Field

A 53 acre space complete with football fields, softball fields and soccer fields.


Towers Recreation Field

144 acres of various athletic fields or open space for special event.


Ames Community Facilities


Ames High School Football Field

Ames is home to over 30 outdoor recreational facilities, to complement the university offerings. The options are endless from golf to soccer, and football to a complex park system. With ISU being located in the heart of Ames, these options are just minutes away. Our staff would be happy to facilitate the booking and arrangements for all of these venues.


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