Iowa State University expects 25,000 fans at the season-opening game on Sept. 12. The game against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will be the first since the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus pandemic began.
The stadium’s doors will be open to fans who have purchased season tickets and it will have a number of virus protections, which must be respected as a condition for continued attendance at upcoming games, according to the Washington Examiner.
Iowa State Athletic Director Jamie Pollard said in a statement released Monday, Aug. 31, that a series of measures will be implemented to prevent the spread of the virus.
The note informs that the stadium’s seats have been redistributed to maintain the requested social distance, and also lists a series of recommendations and prevention measures that must be complied with by those attending the event, including: enjoying good health, not holding social gatherings inside the stadium, respecting social distance, attending early to avoid congestion and using face masks.
Pollard was categorical in the note when he stated that if the fans follow the CCP Virus restrictions, he will allow season ticket holders to attend the next home game on Oct. 3 against Oklahoma. But if fans do not follow the procedures, “we will have no fans at future games,” Pollard wrote.
“An important factor in the decision to allow fans is our belief that Cyclone fans are willing to adhere to our mitigation measures,” the letter reads. “The purpose of this letter is to ask for your support in helping create a safe environment while also providing our team an impactful home field advantage.”
The decision to include fans in the first game of the Cyclones is already generating some controversy, taking into account that Ames, the city where the stadium is located, is one of the cities with the highest number of cases of CCP Virus in relation to its population. The number of infected people is 964, which in absolute numbers is not much, but taking into account the number of inhabitants, it means 8.2 infected people for every 1,000 people.
The state of Iowa is also being targeted because it is one of the few states where the number of cases is still increasing every day. It is currently approaching 65,000 cases.