AMES, Iowa- The Iowa State University Cyclones Football team has a new recruiting tool, which takes potential ISU students and team members into a Game Day experience at Jack Trice Stadium.
Head Coach Paul Rhoads had heard about the use of virtual reality in sports training. He had an idea, not so much for training, but for recruiting.
“Iowa State is a place on the cutting edge of technology, including the development of the computer,” said Gerritt Chernoff, ISU Director of Player Development. “The C6 says something about the kind of education students get at Iowa State.”
The display is run by 48 high-powered computers linked together to play a scenario of the opening of a game day at Jack Trice. That includes marching band members, players running onto the field, and some actual football plays.
The opposing team is not named, but is wearing black jerseys and gold helmets.
Recruits are given access to the C-6 game day experience on official campus visits. Some potential recruits view the experience with some reality goggles on a program run on a laptop.