Pollard gives update on fall sports, winter sports and football crowd plans

Sep 3, 2016; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard watches the Cyclones pregame warmups for their game against the Northern Iowa Panthers at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Following the crazy week that was in college athletics, Jamie Pollard has released another update for Iowa State fans.

To lead things off, Pollard notes that Iowa State is working closely with the Big 12 and coaches in the school’s three fall sports (besides football) to decided the fate of the 2020 season after the NCAA cancelled fall championships on Thursday.

Secondly, Pollard writes that he anticipates the start of winter sports, including men’s and women’s basketball, coming sometime after Jan. 1, 2021, but final decisions have not been made at this time.

The biggest update comes in the form of more information regarding the plans to potentially puts fans in the stands at Jack Trice Stadium this fall.

Anyone entering Jack Trice Stadium will be required to wear face coverings at all times. Additionally, there will be no tailgating allowed before or after the parking lots open and close two hours around kickoff each way.

There will also be limited concession operations with only water and soda being offered. Fans will be allowed to bring in their own snacks as long as they adhere to the university’s clear bag policies, which means no coolers will be allowed.

There will also be no food or alcohol service in the Jack Trice Club or Sukup End Zone Club.

Lastly, the University is considering three directions for fans in the stands this fall with no fans, split season and full season being the three options.

In the event of no fans, obviously, there will be no fans in the stands besides family and close friends of the student-athletes and coaches.

A split season will allow ticket holders to sit in their current seating location, but with stadium capacity limited to 25 percent. This would allow each ticket holder to attend three of the six scheduled home games as the school has already sold the tickets to fit the 50 percent capacity number.

That brings us to the final point, there is still a possibility the school could allow 50 percent capacity, but the stadium will be reseated, using each ticket holder’s Cyclone Club level and priority points, to create as much social distance between ticket holders as possible. This means people more than likely would not receive their normal seat location, but would be allowed to attend all six scheduled home games.

Fans who purchased season tickets still have the option to convert their season ticket purchase into a fully tax-deductible Cyclone Club donation, defer their season ticket purchase to 2021 and retain their seating location or request a refund of their season ticket purchase.

The school asks that those who want to change their plans let the Cyclone Club or Athletics Ticket Office know by Aug. 28.

Jared Stansbury


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