Iowa State reverses course on fan attendance for season opener
Just a few days after it would allow 25,000 fans to attend the season-opening game, Iowa State has decided to reverse course. The school released a statement on Wednesday.
Iowa State will no longer permit fans for the 2020 opener at Jack Trice Stadium on Sept. 12. The Cyclones are scheduled to play Louisiana.
“Our department staff and I have worked very closely with Dr. [Wendy] Wintersteen and her leadership team throughout the summer as we jointly developed plans for this fall’s football season,” Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard wrote. “Over the weekend, Dr. Wintersteen gave our working group the approval to move forward with the plans that were jointly developed. Our department announce 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 season opener without fans.”
The 25,000 attendance number tossed out on Monday would’ve accounted for nearly 40 percent capacity at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames.
While it’s certainly disappointing for fans that they will not be permitted to attend, the football game is still currently on as scheduled. Just down the road in Iowa City, the Hawkeyes will not be playing this fall due to the B1G’s decision to postpone fall football.