State of Iowa: Hawkeyes won't be playing this fall, Cyclones planning for 25K fans
There will be no football in Iowa City this fall. Like the other 13 B1G teams, Iowa will be sitting on the sidelines, waiting on the conference to make a decision on a spring football schedule while other leagues across the country hit the turf.
A mere 139 miles away, though, football will be played. As a member of the Big 12, Iowa State will be moving forward with a fall schedule. Not only that, the Cyclones are planning on having fans attend games this year.
On Monday, Iowa State announced it plans to have 25,000 fans in attendance for its season opener scheduled for Sept. 12 against Louisiana. That would fill approximately 40 percent of Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, per Max Olson of The Athletic.
Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard did provide a caveat in the announcement, as well.
“If our mitigation actions are successful, we will allow all season ticket purchasers to attend the Oklahoma game on Oct. 3,” he said. “However, if we determine that mitigation measures were not followed adequately at the first game, we will have no fans at future games (beginning with Oklahoma).”
The Big 12 is one of three Power 5 conferences still planning to play this fall. The ACC and SEC are still pushing forward with a schedule, beginning in September.