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Hawkeye fans urged to take precautions at Saturday's game due to heat

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The University of Iowa is urging fans attending Saturday's football home opener at Kinnick Stadium to take precautions because of the hot temperatures and high humidity levels expected.

In the interest of fan safety, the University of Iowa is allowing fans to bring more than one sealed bottle of water into the stadium and will have bottled water available for purchase at a reduced price of $2 per bottle. They can also bring empty, reusable water bottles to fill at water fountains around Kinnick Stadium.

Cooling stations will be set up at all corners of Kinnick Stadium. Besides providing shade, the cooling tents will be equipped with misting stations and cold towels. Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the UI Recreation Building and the UI Field House will open at 8 a.m. for fans to take a break from the sun and heat.

The university will also have additional paramedics on site and on-call.

Along with good common sense, the university says fans should follow the tips below:

• Increase fluid intake, regardless of your activity level.
• Begin hydrating several days before game day... 1-3 bottles of water Thursday and Friday will help immensely come game day.
• If you are experiencing a lot of sweating, replace salt and minerals by eating foods like bananas, or drink rehydrating beverages that contain salts and electrolytes such as sports drinks, and special rehydration fluids.
• Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and wear sunscreen.  Saturday is the annual “Be Bold, Wear Gold” game at historic Kinnick Stadium.  Strongly consider wearing gold, yellow, or white short sleeve shirt.
• Tailgate responsibly.
• Wear a hat or similar item that shades your face.
• Stay in the shade or air conditioned areas as much as possible.
• Work or play at a slower pace if you are not used to working or exercising in heat and humidity. Stop your activity immediately if you get dizzy, nauseated, or feel weak.  Also, if you feel this way, go to an air conditioned space and drink cool liquids.
• Use the “buddy system.” Watch others for heat-induced illness, since some people may not realize that they are suffering heat-related illnesses and can become confused or lose consciousness.

Kick-off for Saturday's game against Illinois State is scheduled for 11:05 a.m.

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