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As Covid-19 ravages Ames, Iowa State decides to boot fans from home opening game Saturday

This news story was published on September 2, 2020.
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AMES – Iowa State University has decided to change its decision regarding fans at the Sept. 12 home football game.  Earlier, the University said that 25,000 fans would be allowed into the game.  In recent days, however, students have returned to town and partied like there is no tomorrow, possibly prompting spikes in the dreaded Covid-19 illness and Ames to hit the news as a virus hotspot, threatening University lifestyle and operations.

The game against Louisiana will kick-off at 11 a.m. and television coverage will be provided by ESPN.

Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard said:

“Our department staff and I have worked very closely with Dr. Wintersteen and her leadership team throughout the summer as we jointly developed plans for this fall’s football season. Over the weekend, Dr. Wintersteen gave our working group the approval to move forward with the plans that were jointly developed. Our department announced those plans on Monday, which included allowing fans, who purchased season tickets, to attend the first game.

President Wintersteen shared with me on Tuesday evening that, after weighing feedback she has received from the community, she has decided to reverse the decision. As a result, we will play the season opener without fans.

Our department has always taken great pride in working hand-in-hand with the university and this situation is no different. We are in this together and will do everything we can to support Dr. Wintersteen and her leadership team in their efforts to lead our institution during very challenging times.

Although it is disappointing there won’t be fans at the opener, our institution’s leadership team is still committed to having spectators at future games, if it can done safely. Weighing how our campus community responds to the recent surge in positive COVID cases will be a significant factor as to whether we can have fans at future games. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and make a decision regarding fans for the Oklahoma game (Oct. 3) at a later date.”

Season ticket holders who wish to opt-out of their 2020 football season tickets can login to their account at this link. Once logged in, follow the opt-out instructions displayed on the screen.

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2 Responses to As Covid-19 ravages Ames, Iowa State decides to boot fans from home opening game Saturday

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    September 3, 2020 at 12:08 am

    Youth must be served in the surreal world of college campuses. The true petri dish of the floating covids.

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    September 2, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    That is not what the CDC said. They said 6% died directly from covid. The other 180,000 deaths were people who did have underlying conditions BUT they died because they contracted the virus. They would likely still be alive today if they hadn’t contracted the disease. The spin you are giving this is the official Republican spin. Trump has handled the virus horribly.