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College football: Iowa’s 2019 football game themes announced

Anthony Nelson

IOWA CITY – University of Iowa Athletics announced Tuesday themes for 2019 home football games.

The season will kick off with the Kinnick Edge Kickoff game, presented by Eastern Iowa Airport (Aug. 31), opening the new North end zone project. Iowa will unveil a new videoboard and amenities including additional restrooms, wider concourses, and new concessions.

FryFest (Aug. 30) will be held at the Iowa River Landing celebrating everything Hawkeye and the National Iowa Varsity Club will celebrate the 2019 Hall of Fame class throughout the weekend. It will also be the annual Extra Yard for Teachers Day as Iowa salutes teachers from around the state.

Iowa’s Big Ten opener against Rutgers (Sept. 7) is the Fight for Iowa game, presented by UICCU. Halftime will feature a return visit by country artist Pat Green to celebrate the Hawkeye Wave. Green and the Hawkeye Marching Band will present a show recognizing those in the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Fans are encouraged to wear Fight for Iowa gear.

Middle Tennessee (Sept. 28) is the Harvest Kickoff Gold Game, presented by REG bringing awareness to farm safety. Halftime will feature a youth spirit performance with the Hawkeye Marching Band and spirit squads. Fans are encouraged to wear gold.

Iowa’s contest against Penn State (Oct. 12) will be the annual America Needs Farmers (ANF) game, presented by Iowa Farm Bureau. This will also be the annual Black and Gold Spirit Game, with fans encouraged to wear either black or gold attire depending on their seat location.

Homecoming against Purdue (Oct. 19) is being presented by Wellmark. Fans are encouraged to wear throwback gear and celebrate the history of Hawkeye football and welcome alumni back to campus.

Iowa’s contest with Minnesota (Nov. 16) will be a salute to the military, presented by Athletico. As a part of Family Weekend, Iowa football will have special acknowledgments to active duty and veterans of our armed services as the Hawkeyes battle for Floyd of Rosedale. Fans are encouraged to wear black.

The final home game of the season against Illinois (Nov. 23) is Senior Day, celebrating senior classes for the football program, marching band, and spirit squads.

Start times for the first three home games are expected to be announced during the spring. The remaining start times (beginning with Penn State) will be announced six or 12 days in advance of each game.


Miami (Ohio)               Kinnick Edge Kickoff Game, presented by the Eastern Iowa Airport

Rutgers                        Fight for Iowa Game, presented by UICCU

Middle Tennessee         Harvest Kickoff Gold Game, presented by REG

Penn State                    ANF Black & Gold Spirit Game, presented by Iowa Farm Bureau

Purdue                         2019 Homecoming Game, presented by Wellmark

Minnesota                    Military Appreciation Game, presented by Athletico

Illinois                         Senior Day


Color Games (fans are encouraged to wear the following to each game):

Miami (Ohio)               Kinnick Edge Kickoff gear

Rutgers                        Fight for Iowa gear

Middle Tennessee         Gold gear

Penn State                    Black and Gold Stripe Kinnick

Purdue                         Throwback gear

Minnesota                    Black gear

Illinois                         Favorite Iowa gear

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