Iowa Officials Making Changes To Help Hawkeye Fans Deal With Heat

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

Video, game information, and advertisements are shown on the score board in the south end zone during a preview of the new video boards at Kinnick Stadium Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 in Iowa City. (Brian Ray/KCRG-TV9)

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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- With highs forecast in the mid-90's Saturday, University of Iowa officials are making some changes to help fans beat the heat this Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.

The Hawkeyes are set to host Northern Illinois at 2:30 p.m.

According to Associate Director of Athletics Rick Klatt, there will be no limit on the amount of unopened water fans can bring into the stadium this week. The current policy only allows fans to bring in one bottle.

Fans will also be able to purchase bottles of water for $2, half the normal price of $4.

University officials are also working to set up four "cooling stations" inside Kinnick Stadium, which will include "misting."

Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the Recreation Building, and the Field House will all open at 8:00 a.m. and additional paramedics will be at the stadium.

Klatt said the UI is also encouraging fans to wear gold or white to the game. Black or dark clothing can attract heat, so officials are calling this a "Be Bold, Wear Gold" game. Fans are also encouraged to begin hydrating with non-alcoholic beverages well before kick-off.

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