“The group can’t wait to cheer on the Hawkeyes from home”
The Hawkeye Marching Band performs at all Hawkeye home football matches at Kinnick Stadium. (University of Iowa)
IOWA CITY – Fans at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University watching Saturday’s highly anticipated Cy-Hawk game will not witness a repeat of the fiasco that two years ago injured some members of the UI group, sparked police investigations, and nearly canceled future matches between enemies in the state.
Because the Hawkeye Marching Band won’t be there.
The 272-member UI marching band are staying home for Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. game in Ames. Officials did not say whether they made this call due to the 2019 assaults, COVID-19 precautions, budget constraints or anything else.
Officials said the management of the Hawkeye Marching Band decided over the summer – while finalizing their travel schedule for the new fiscal year – not to schedule any trips this season.
“After thoughtful conversations with student leaders from the Hawkeye Marching Band and the University of Iowa administration, the HMB will not be traveling to Ames for the Iowa-Iowa State football game,” according to a statement from Hawkeye Marching Band director Eric W. Bush. , who is also associate director of the groups.
“The squad look forward to cheering on the Hawkeyes from home and wish Cyclone squad a successful season,” he said in the statement.
If the Hawkeyes are selected for a playoff game, IU spokeswoman Anne Bassett said the group “plan to continue with their normal playoff travel plans” where they will accompany the team.
Neither the Hawkeye nor Cyclone marching bands traveled last season due to COVID-19 restrictions and protocols.
After the September 14, 2019 Cy-Hawk game – held at Jack Trice Stadium in Iowa State – members of the Hawkeye Marching Band told reporters they were verbally, physically and sexually assaulted during the game. – which suffered delays of several hours due to bad weather.
Those allegations evolved into finger pointing and possible criminal complaints and investigations – although Iowa State Police later released a report saying their investigation found “no evidence to support them. allegations in most cases ”.
The controversy prompted administrators at Iowa’s three public universities to review and improve gaming management policies.
Although former UI President Bruce Harreld at one point suggested ending the Cy-Hawk series if fan behavior did not improve, Gov. Kim Reynolds countered by swearing that the The “economic engine” of the annual confrontation was not in danger.
The Carson King Sign
Like the last Cy-Hawk game in 2019, ESPN’s College GameDay team will be in Ames for Saturday’s game.
It was during the live taping in 2019 that ISU fan Carson King held up his now famous sign seeking beer money for his Venmo account. The surprising response turned into a $ 3 million fundraiser for UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
Iowa State noted that the GameDay show will air from 8 am to 11 am and that a limited number of fans will be allowed in a “pit” behind the stage starting at 5:30 am Fans will not be allowed. to camp on the ground before the entrance. , and the state of Iowa will provide security in the region.
In the pit, fans will not be allowed to eat or drink, give up vulgar or inappropriate signs, use offensive language, bring bags, throw objects or bring dry-erase boards or signs. pens. The communication does not mention COVID or the recommended precautions.
The ISU in its post about Saturday also noted: “Fans are encouraged to act responsibly, to arrive early and to be patient (expecting delays) and to take advantage of one. of the biggest events in Iowa State football history. “
Vanessa Miller covers higher education for The Gazette.
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