Hot Home Game Opener for Hawkeyes

Brady Smith, Anchor/Reporter

Mark Lebeck of Eldridge cools down during the first half of the game at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, August 31, 2013.(Cliff Jette/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)

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By Brady Smith

IOWA CITY, Iowa - It's gameday once again, and along with the grilled gourmet, it's no secret that the alcohol flows like water at some tailgates.

But pro tailgater Mike Stockdale came prepared for the heat with plenty of water.

"For this game, I actually packed as much water and Gatorade as I did beer," Stockdale said on Saturday morning.

"We have Snapple and Gatorade and water," Stockdale said. "They said start drinking water two days before the event, so I actually started drinking water a couple days ago."

St. Luke's ER physician Dr. Joshua Pruitt said that's the right way to show up for events like football games, where the beating sun can take its toll without much notice.

"Your body really has a hard time offloading that heat, and so you can get overheated a lot quicker than you think," Dr. Pruitt explained.

On days like this, he recommends at least 64 ounces of water, not beer or even caffeinated beverages.

"Unfortunately, that's going to be a real dehydrator versus a hydrator for them," said Dave Dvorsky, Assistant Director of the Johnson County Ambulance Service.

Dvorsky brought a larger crew than usual to this season's kickoff, anticipating a greater volume of heat-related problems.

"What we're really concerned about in these really tight quarters is people with preexisting health conditions, cardiac issues, respiratory issues, where the heat just makes those things worse," Dvorsky said.

He says there are places around Kinnick Stadium to escape the sun, as things heat up on the gridiron.

"The University set up cooling stations in all four corners, where there's tents with some shades and misting fans to get cooled off for a little bit."

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