On Saturday, college football returns to Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City for the first time in 2020.

Though it won’t look the same thanks to the pandemic, one Saturday Hawkeye tradition remains intact: the Iowa Wave. The tradition has been going on since 2017 and has become a favorite of college football fans everywhere.

The wave dates back to the start of the 2017 season. At the end of the first quarter of each Iowa home game, fans, players, coaches, and officials all turn and wave to the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. This facility overlooks the stadium.

Here’s more on it if you’ve never seen or heard of it:

There may have been questions heading into the 2020 season about this tradition living on, but the folks in Iowa City made sure it remained a reality. That excites many, including junior defensive back Jack Koerner. He discussed the tradition this week.

2020 has been a mixture of good but mostly bad. This is one bright spot that the kids certainly need. But maybe we all need it just as a little ray of hope.