Iowa State students will have a new seating area starting with the 2022 football season.
Iowa State Athletic Director Jamie Pollard announced Thursday the student section at Jack Trice Stadium will move from the northeast side of the stadium to the southeast side, citing safety concerns related to field-storming.
The new student section will be located in sections T through O and 23 through 27.
Pollard said in his email to students, “The safety of all individuals (players, coaches, officials, fans) is our top priority. History has shown us that assisting the visiting team’s exit is often the most problematic.”
Pollard specifically mentioned Iowa State’s upset over No. 8 Oklahoma State Oct. 23 where Oklahoma State players had a hard time getting off the field and there was an incident with a fan.
In fact, that’s when video of Matt Campbell escorting OSU QB Spencer Sanders from the field went viral.
Here’s a reminder of what the video looked like.
“The current location of the student sections in Jack Trice Stadium creates a conflict point between the paths of the visiting team leaving the field with the path of the students rushing the field. We can no longer accept the risk associated with our current set-up,” Pollard added.
Another benefit to come out of this is Iowa State will be able to increase the number of students attending the game by 5%.
To take a visual look at the map and how the seating will change, check out the graphic from Cyclone Fanatic.