BRONX, N.Y. --- There definitely will be a sea of red.
The shade of red, however, will be decidedly be more scarlet than that of Iowa State's cardinal and gold.
When the Cyclones take on Rutgers in the 2011 Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 30 at Yankee Stadium, it will feel an awful lot like a home game for the Scarlet Knights.
It's a mere 44 miles from the Rutgers campus in New Brunswick to New York City.
So, when Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard pointed out there are more than 10,000 Iowa State alumni in the New York City area Wednesday during a press conference at Yankee Stadium for the 2011 Pinstripe Bowl, Scarlet Knights Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti, in jest, was quick to respond there are 200,000 Rutgers alumni living in and around New York City.
"We're absolutely thrilled to be home for the holidays playing in the Pinstripe Bowl," Pernetti said. "For Rutgers, this is a great opportunity that gives access to all of our fans to experience our bowl game and that is not something we always could speak to.
"We're really looking forward to seeing, don't want to say red, because we have two reds going on here, but a sea of scarlet on game day the 30th."
In addition to all of the alumni who live in New York City, Rutgers' administration is giving one free ticket to all full-time undergraduates, as well as allowing all students to purchase up to two tickets at a reduced price for the game.
The Scarlet Knights also have already played one game at Yankee Stadium this season where more than 30,000 witnessed a 27-12 win over Army Nov. 12.
"We did have an opportunity to play here and it was incredible," Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano said. "It was a bowl game atmosphere. Our kids were out taking pictures, and we're incredibly excited about returning to New York City and spending a week during Christmas."
Schiano said it is equally special for him because of family.
"It is a special game for the two of us (speaking about Pernetti) to have a guy I coached in high school and is our athletic director, but coached not only in high school but at Rutgers ... this is going to be special for the two of us and all of our family, all of our friends, everybody (who) is in this area, and we really want to make New Jersey and Rutgers proud."
ISU head coach Paul Rhoads was also lighthearted about what will decidedly be a Scarlet Knights home crowd.
"I walked into Yankee Stadium today and Coach Schiano was ready for me," Rhoads smiled.
"I'm not saying there is a home-field advantage that is going to take place. But Rutgers has already won a football game here in Yankee Stadium. Their campus is within 50 miles of New York City. You heard Lonn's (Lonn Trost, New York Yankees Chief Operation Officer) honest and heartfelt comments about where he stands in the game.
"The truth is, coming over here from LaGuardia (Airport) to Yankee Stadium I didn't see one cornfield and I felt a little bit out of place."
Rhoads also mentioned the record crowds and ticket sales the Cyclones produced at Jack Trice Stadium, adding, "We are thrilled to bring that loyal fan base to New York City and thrilled to bring our football team here.
"I promise you this, we will give you everything we have in this ball game on Dec. 30."