Even with season canceled, former Hawkeye great proposing fans meet at Kinnick Stadium for 'Iowa Wave'
With the B1G cancelling the college football season, it means we’ll have to miss the best tradition the sport has to offer: The Iowa Wave.
The Iowa Wave would’ve turned 4 years old in 2020, dating back to when it first started during the first game of the 2017 season. Fans, coaches, players and everyone else inside Kinnick Stadium turns to the overlooking UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital and waves to the patients and their families.
It happens at the end of the first quarter of every home game the Hawkeyes play. But, unfortunately, with no games on the schedule, there will be no great tradition in 2020.
But a former Hawkeye is trying to save the tradition — at least for one Saturday this fall. Former Iowa and NFL offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde suggested that fans still show up to Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 5 and participate in The Iowa Wave.
Vandervelde took to Twitter to share his idea.
@HawkeyeFootball Faithful! Just tossing this out there. I know we're all disappointed but probably none more than the kids who will miss the wave this year. What if we all showed up at Kinnick, Saturday September 5th, masked up, 6 ft apart, in black and gold, 11 a.m., and waved?
— Julian Vandervelde (@BatMandervelde) August 11, 2020
“Just tossing this out there,” Vandervelde said. “I know we’re all disappointed but probably none more than the kids who will miss the wave this year. What if we all showed up at Kinnick Saturday, Sept. 5, masked up, 6 feet apart, in black and gold, 11 a.m. and waved?”
A lot of Hawkeye fans seemed to be in favor of that idea. And it would be great for the kids, too.
Even if football isn’t played at Kinnick Stadium, maybe there will be some good that happens on a fall Saturday in 2020.