DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa State fans filled Des Moines International Airport on Wednesday waiting for numerous flights to San Antonio, Texas.
Friday's Alamo Bowl between ISU and Washington State takes place at 8 p.m.
The hundreds of travelers in the airport are expected to become thousands when they get to Texas. ISU Athletic Director Jamie Pollard expects there to be 25,000 fans in the city for the game.
The lines were long at times, but fans showed little stress.
The Cyclones have reached back-to-back bowl games for the first time since the 2011-12 seasons when the program played in the Pinstripe Bowl and the Liberty Bowl, in that order.
Last year, ISU beat Memphis in its third trip to the Liberty Bowl.
Iowa State fans were already showing up in clumps of cardinal and gold by Wednesday night in preparation for this year's game between representatives of the Big 12 and the Pac-12.
The Cyclones are ranked 24th in the country.
The Washington State Cougars are ranked 13th.
This year marks the first trip to San Antonio for Iowa State.