We’re excited to serve you during Odyssey of the Minds World Finals! Please refer to this page for important dining information and enjoy your stay in Ames!


Participants should wear their wristbands around their wrists at all times. The bands are good for entry into the ISU dining centers, special events, and for the shuttle bus service. Participant wristbands were issued at housing registration to team coaches for them to distribute to their team members and guests. Broken wristbands can be replaced free of charge at your conference desk. Bring the broken wristband with you to exchange it for a new one.

Dining Location


Wristband Color

Union Drive Marketplace 207 Beyer Ct Red
Friley Windows 212 Beyer Ct Green
Seasons Marketplace 224 Beach Rd Blue

Dining Centers

Access to the all-you-care-to-eat dining facilities will be limited to participants wearing wristbands and their guests purchasing meals at the following guest rates:


  • Breakfast: $11.50
  • Lunch: $14.50
  • Dinner: $14.50

CHILDREN(9 & Under)

  • Breakfast: $9.00
  • Lunch: $10.50
  • Dinner: $10.50
  • Children 3 and under are free with a paying adult.

Meal Serving Times

Union Drive Marketplace, Friley Windows, and Seasons Marketplace will serve Odyssey of the Mind guests starting with dinner on Tuesday, May 24 to breakfast on Sunday, May 29. Menus can be found here.

Dining Center Hours

  • Breakfast: 6:30am-9:30am
  • Lunch: 11am-2pm
  • Dinner: 4:30pm-7:30pm

ISU C-Stores

Our on-campus c-stores offer a variety of snacks, beverages, and personal items. You’ll find fountain soft drinks, juices, candy, assorted pastries, chips, snacks, and health and beauty items. If needed, laundry cards to operate the machines in residence halls can be purchased at West Side Market and East Side Market.

Serving Policies

All dining centers operate on an all-you-care-to-eat basis. Please only take what you can eat in order to avoid waste – start with small portions; you can always go back for more. No food, beverages, or dishes are to leave the dining centers. Persons who aren’t wearing wristbands or haven’t purchased meals are not permitted in the dining centers. Shirts and shoes are required in all dining centers.