AMES - With warm temperatures expected for Iowa State's football season opener against Northern Iowa Saturday night, fans are being reminded to prepare accordingly for hot conditions.
The anticipated temperature for the 7 p.m. kickoff is in the mid-80s to low 90s. Therefore, Iowa State officials are doing their part to help everyone stay well hydrated.
Fans will be allowed to bring unopened bottles of water or empty reusable containers - which can be filled at drinking fountains on both concourses at Jack Trice Stadium - through entrance gates. Concession stands will be stocked with approximately 26,000 for-purchase water bottles, far above normal.
ISU Police will implement several strategies outside the stadium for activity both before and during the game. Golf carts will have coolers containing cold packs and bottled water, which will be provided to people who are in need of immediate cooling or fluids. Pop-up tents will be placed at grass lot entrances to provide shade and cots will be placed in several of the tents to provide relief to patients awaiting medical response.
Mary Greeley Medical Center has been asked to provide additional paramedics to respond to heat-related issues. Two ISU Police officers are also EMTs and all officers are medical first responders.