Lightning puts Hawkeyes on hold multiple times in Kinnick Stadium

A message on the video screen at Kinnick Stadium urging spectators to evacuate seating areas...
A message on the video screen at Kinnick Stadium urging spectators to evacuate seating areas due to lightning nearby on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022.(Scott Saville/KCRG)
Published: Sep. 17, 2022 at 9:52 PM CDT
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - Lightning strikes near Kinnick Stadium caused three stoppages of play to a game being played there on Saturday night.

The game was initially delayed at around 8:43 p.m. by officials when lightning was detected within eight miles of the stadium. NCAA rules suggest that play should be suspended when lightning occurs within that range, with play to resume no sooner than 30 minutes after the last strike in that radius.

Fans were directed to evacuate seating at Kinnick Stadium to nearby areas of substantial shelter.

University of Iowa Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz, center, and the Iowa Hawkeyes leave the...
University of Iowa Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz, center, and the Iowa Hawkeyes leave the field at Kinnick Stadium due to lightning in the area on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022.(Scott Saville/KCRG)

Iowa led Nevada 17-0 at the time of suspension in the third quarter. When play resumed at around 10:00 p.m., most fans had chosen not to return. The game was suspended again several minutes later.

Play again resumed near 11:55 p.m., and was suspended for the third time after one play and eight seconds of game time had elapsed.