Iowa urges football fans to prepare for extreme heat

2013-08-28T12:22:00Z 2013-09-02T07:09:30Z Iowa urges football fans to prepare for extreme heatSteve Batterson The Quad-City Times

IOWA CITY — Projected temperatures in the mid- to upper-90s and heat indexes expected to top 100 degrees at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday have prompted University of Iowa officials to urge fans attending Iowa’s football opener to take extra precautions.

The Hawkeyes are scheduled to host Northern Illinois at 2:30 p.m., and several adjustments are being made to normal game-day procedures at the stadium to assist fans in dealing with the hottest start to a season in Gary Barta’s eight years as the school’s director of athletics.

“We are encouraging people to be smart, and just like we tell our student-athletes to begin hydrating now to prepare for Saturday, we encourage fans to do the same,’’ Barta said. “This will be by far the hottest day we’ve hosted a game on since I’ve been here, but we have a plan that we’ve dusted off and reviewed and will put into place.’’

The following adjustments are being made at Kinnick Stadium:

  • Cooling stations will be available in each of the four corners at the stadium, equipped with tents for shade, misting stations and cold towels.
  • Fans will be allowed to bring in more than one sealed bottle of water — compared to the usual limit of one sealed bottle — and bottled water will be sold for a reduced price of $2 inside the stadium
  • Fans will be allowed to bring in an empty reusable water bottle to refill at drinking fountains inside the stadium.

Also, additional paramedics will be on-site and on-call, and the university will open Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the UI Recreation Building and the Iowa Field House for fans seeking shelter from the heat beginning at 8 a.m.

Echoing reminders from the Iowa Department of Health, the university also is encouraging fans to wear light-colored clothing and hats, apply plenty of sunscreen, drink plenty of water beginning several days before the game and avoid caffeine and alcohol.

In its release, the university urges fans with pre-existing medical conditions to “consider participating in the weekend’s game by watching or listening to the game from a local business or from home.’’

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  1. Arc Angel
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    Arc Angel - August 28, 2013 4:07 pm
    Kirk better get ready for some heat if he doesn't win 7 games and go bowling.
  2. Style
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    Style - August 28, 2013 2:22 pm have a point with which I agree.
  3. Betttaxpayer
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    Betttaxpayer - August 28, 2013 1:40 pm
    Avoid alcohol! There goes the tail gate parties! The swells in the climate controlled luxury suites can still drink all they want before, during and after the game.
  4. Betttaxpayer
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    Betttaxpayer - August 28, 2013 1:38 pm
    Maybe college football should go back and begin games in September instead of playing in the summertime. It is a Fall sport correct? I know this will never happen as the money is too great to pass up.

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2015 Hawkeyes (0-0)

Date Opponent Time/result
9/5/2015 Illinois State TBA
9/12/2015 at Iowa State TBA
9/19/2015 Pittsburgh 7 p.m.
9/26/2015 North Texas TBA
10/3/2015 at Wisconsin TBA
10/10/2015 Illinois TBA
10/17/2015 at Northwestern TBA
10/31/2015 Maryland TBA
11/7/2015 at Indiana TBA
11/14/2015 Minnesota 7 p.m.
11/21/2015 Purdue TBA
11/27/2015 at Nebraska TBA

Past schedules

2014 Hawkeyes (7-6)

Date Opponent Time/result
8/30/2014 Northern Iowa W 31-23
9/6/2014 Ball State W 17-13
9/13/2014 Iowa State L 20-17
9/20/2014 at Pittsburgh W 24-20
9/27/2014 at Purdue W 24-10
10/11/2014 Indiana W 45-29
10/18/2014 at Maryland L 38-31
11/1/2014 Northwestern W 48-7
11/8/2014 at Minnesota L 51-14
11/15/2014 at Illinois W 30-14
11/22/2014 Wisconsin  L 26-24
11/28/2014 Nebraska L 37-34
1/2/2015 Tennessee L 45-28


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Hawkeyes bowl history

1957 Rose   Oregon State W 35-19
1959 Rose   California W 38-12
1982 Rose   Washington L 28-0
1982 Peach   Tennessee W 28-22
1983 Gator   Florida L 14-6
1984 Freedom   Texas W 55-17
1986 Rose   UCLA L 45-28
1986 Holiday   SDSU W 39-38
1987 Holiday   Wyoming W 20-19
1988 Peach   NC State L 28-23
1991 Rose   Washington L 46-34
1991 Holiday   BYU T 13-13
1993 Alamo   California L 37-3
1995 Sun   Washington W 38-18
1996 Alamo   Texas Tech W 27-0
1997 Sun   Arizona State L 17-7
2001 Alamo   Texas Tech W 19-16
2003 Orange   USC L 38-17
2004 Outback   Florida W 37-17
2005 Capital One LSU W 30-25
2006 Outback   Florida L 31-24
2006 Alamo   Texas L 26-24
2009 Outback   South Carolina W 31-10
2010 Orange   Georgia Tech W 24-14
2010 Insight   Missouri W 27-24
2011 Insight   Oklahoma L 31-14
2014 Outback   LSU L 21-14
2015 TaxSlayer   Tennessee L 45-28