Iowa fans were eager to get back inside the walls of Kinnick Stadium this weekend. There were plenty of excited posts on social media on Saturday to express that joy.

Saturday, the Hawkeyes hosted an open practice for fans to attend, one of two events the football team will have during spring ball. This weekend’s open practice was the first time fans have been permitted inside the stadium since the 2019 season.

The B1G restricted attendance during the 2020 football season to a limited number of family and friends because of the pandemic. The conference has since lifted that policy, allowing schools to make decisions based on local health guidelines.

Here are some of the photos and videos Iowa fans took after getting back inside Kinnick Stadium for the first time almost 18 months:

Iowa will also open up practice to the public on Saturday, May 1 to round out the spring football season.

Currently, there is no final answer on the number of fans that will be permitted to attend games at Kinnick Stadium during the fall football season. There is optimism about having the venue at full capacity, though a decision probably won’t come until later.