When it comes to steamy temperatures, Iowa athletic director Gary Barta offers the same advice to spectators that he would players: Drink plenty of fluids.
“We tell our student athletes to start hydrating today and work your way up,” Barta said Tuesday. “I’d tell fans the same thing.”
The forecast for Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. season-opening football game against Northern Illinois calls for sunny skies and a temperature of 97 degrees.
“This is my eighth season, and by far and away, this will be the hottest day since I’ve been here,” Barta said. “So (we’re) going back and dusting off those plans we have used in the past. Just having more awareness with our fan base, telling them to hydrate.
“Don’t start drinking water that day. Drink it starting Wednesday or Thursday. Be smart about it.”
There will be water stations, cooling areas and first aid stations in the corners of the stadium.
Hawkeye coach Kirk Ferentz downplayed the impact Saturday’s expected heat would have on Saturday’s game outcome.
“Our guys have trained in heat before, like their guys have, too,” Ferentz said. “It’s just like snow or rain. If it is a factor, it will affect both teams equally. We’ll just play it as it comes.”
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