The University of Iowa is taking a number of precautions to combat the excessive heat expected for Saturday's opener.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -
The University of Iowa is taking a number of precautions to combat the excessive heat expected for Saturday's football opener against Northern Illinois.
The Hawkeyes say they'll have cooling stations available in every corner of Kinnick Stadium, with misting stations and cold towels available.
The school will also allow fans to bring in multiple sealed bottles of water -- and it has cut the price of bottled water for sale inside Kinnick to $2.
Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the Recreation Building and the Field House will also be open at 8 a.m. for fans seeking relief from the heat.
For the team, the weather is not an issue.
"Our guys have trained in heat and played in heat," said Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz. "It's a factor but it's a little bit like rain or snow, it's going to be equal for us as it is for them. It's just one of those things you deal with."
"Fall camp was nice because it wasn't that hot," said junior tackle Brandon Scherff. "This is the first week we're really going to be hit with the temperatures like this. Coach Doyle says just hydrate and be ready."
The Iowa Department of Health is warning those with pre-existing medical conditions to watch or listen to the game from home, with a high of 95 degrees expected Saturday in Iowa City. Game time is 2:30 on the Big Ten Network.
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