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Hot forecast for Hawkeye football leads to changes at Kinnick

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Hawkeye football season is about to begin and fans are excited.

"I just like how excited the whole city gets," said Kelsey Palmer, UI Senior. "Everyone's running up and down the streets and just getting excited for the Hawkeye team."

This year's season opener is a little unusual. Temperatures will likely be in the 90s. That's why the university is changing some game day policies for Saturday's game.

"Safety is our number one concern," said Rick Klatt, Associate Athletics Director.

The university wants people to stay hydrated. You'll be able to bring in as many clear, sealed bottles of water as you like, up from just one. Bottled water in the stadium will be half-price so you'll only pay two-dollars. All four corners of the stadium will have cooling stations and extra medical staff will be on hand.

Wednesday all the parking lots surrounding Kinnick Stadium were packed with cars belonging to students and staff. Come Saturday, they'll be loaded with tailgaters. University officials say they've sold nearly 70,000 tickets to this weekend's game.

It's a 2:30 p.m. kick-off and tailgating usually starts at  a.m.. The university always asks people to think before they drink.

"It's doubly important this particular Saturday because of the heat that they really are smart about their pre-game activities," said Klatt. 

The university expects some people will stay home Saturday but die-hard Hawks fans say the hot weather won't keep them away.

"I don't miss games unless I absolutely have to," said Whitney Boyd, UI Senior. "So I'll be at the game."

Saturday is also "Be Bold, Wear Gold" day. That's always the theme the first home game of the season. Wearing gold and other light colors, instead of black, will also help you stay cooler at the game.

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