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Iowa State Reverses Course, No Fans Allowed at Season Opener

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One day after Iowa State announced it would allow 25,000 fans into next week’s season opener, the University has reversed course.

In a story first reported by WHO Radio’s Simon Conway, the university released a letter reversing course on its policy and plan for next week’s game against Louisiana-Lafayette.


In part the letter from AD Jamie Pollard read, “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 [to allow 25,000 fans into the game]. As a result we will play the season opner without fans… We are in this together and will do everything we can to support Dr. Wintersteen and her leadership team in their efforst to lead our institution during very challenging times. Although it is disappointing there won’t be fans at the opener, our institution’s leadership team is still commuted to having spectators at future games if it can be done safely.”

Regardless, Iowa State deserves credit, as CycloneFanatic notes, Iowa is not honoring 2021 seats of fans who do not renew for 2020, whereas Iowa State says any fan who does not renew for 2020 will have first rights on their same seats for the 2021 season.

Iowa State’s game kicks off at 11 a.m. on ESPN. The rest of the Big 12 kickoff times and TV information for Week 1 can be found here.

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