Go Cyclones, well I played football in Ames and I am proud the university has decided to let their students Live again.
Iowa State University announced this it will allow 25,000 fans who purchased season tickets, to attend the season opener on September 12, 2020. Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard wrote a letter asking fans to adhere to the mitigation measures the university put in place.
The letter said seating has been strategically reassigned to create improved social distancing, and that the school estimates about 25,000 fans will attend the first game.
Following the first game, the university will determine whether the mitigation measures were followed adequately and then decide whether to have fans at future games. If the mitigation measures are successful, all season ticket purchasers will be allowed to attend the game scheduled for October 3.
Not everyone is happy about the decision by Pollard, but with science split on the actual numbers of those infected with CV-19, and how many people died with the VIRUS and ho wany died WITH it, some in our leadership positions, based off their information, should move forward with their regular school’s functions.
Dr. John Paschen, the Chairman of the Story County Board of Health, said in a statement that he is “sorely disappointed” in the decision and that, in the midst of rising cases in Story County, he finds the decision a danger to the community at large.
Paschen said in a statement to KCCI, “I am sorely disappointed with this decision. In the midst of our rising cases in Story County I find this decision irresponsible and a danger to our community at large.
“The idea that this will be OK because they will be outside is not based on any sound medical facts, especially when you consider the activity of fans at sporting events(ie: screaming and yelling). We on the Story County Board of Health have not had any input in mitigation measures that will be followed at the game and am not even sure what measures will be taken.
“The rest of the world has played to empty stadiums during this outbreak–why can’t we?”
Pollard thanked the Board of Health for their input and added, “I’m sure Dr. Paschen feels strongly about where he is coming from, but there are other people in this community that feel just as strongly that he’s not correct.”
Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard stressed the following mitigation elements for the event.
- “Health Check – If you are sick or have symptoms related to COVID-19, please do not come to the game. Stay home and cheer on the Cyclones on television.
- Parking – Fans should arrive early to avoid traffic congestion, park their vehicle, gather game gear and walk directly to the stadium for entrance. Do not gather in the parking lots to socialize.
- No Tailgating – There will be no tailgating allowed on university-owned property, including parking lots and grass areas adjacent to parking lots. Fans may not bring nor set up items normally associated with a tailgate such as lawn chairs, coolers, grills, tents, canopies, tables, etc.
- Face Coverings – Wear your face covering upon exit from your vehicle. Face coverings will be required at ALL times for ALL individuals. Anyone, who refuses to properly wear a face covering, will be denied access and/or removed from the stadium. Gaiters and face shields are acceptable face coverings.Stadium Entry – Prepare to enter the stadium early. Gates will open 90 minutes prior to kickoff. Honor other fans’ wishes for physical distancing and avoid crowding at entry.
- Seating – All fans were reassigned new seating locations and it is critical to sit in those seats to maintain social distancing.
- Fan Flow – We encourage fans to remain in their seats as much as possible to limit congestion on the concourses.
- Departing the Stadium – Use your own judgment when departing the stadium. Take your time while leaving and respect others desire for physical distancing. There will be no tailgating or social gatherings allowed in the parking lots after the game.”
I am not happy with all the social justice non-sense plaguing NCAA football this year, but if this game is televised, you can bet your bottom dollar, I will be watching.
And just like Grace Community Church, under attack from LA Country for holding in-person services for 7,000 members, yet with zero known COVID deaths, I don’t expect to hear about any outbreak from this football gathering in Ames, IA either.
Liberty is what our great country represents, and for Liberty’s sake, we must always strive to keep it.