The September 15 Iowa-Northern Iowa football game at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City is going to be an extra special one.

We can now confirm a plan that's been in the works for nearly a year, is going to happen! National recording artist, and three-time Grammy nominee, Pat Green will be appearing at the Iowa game that night (a 6:30 p.m. kickoff on Big Ten Network). Green is the voice behind the huge country hit "Wave on Wave," the song that just happens to be the anthem for the Iowa Wave to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.

Beginning with the start of the 2017 season, all Iowa fans inside Kinnick Stadium turn and wave to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital at the end of the first quarter of each home game.

On September 15, the "Kinnick Wave" will again be accompanied by a clip of Pat Green's song. According to the University of Iowa, at halftime, Pat will then perform the song live from the stands near the south end zone. He'll be joined by 50 members of both the University of Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band AND the University of Northern Iowa Panther Marching Band. The remaining members of both bands will be on the field creating images the kids will be able to see from inside the Children's Hospital. I LOVE the fact that both bands are taking part in this!

Following the game, Green will perform at the First Avenue Club in Iowa City. Pat is calling the show a celebration of all things Iowa. It's also a fundraiser for the U of I Children's Hospital. Tickets for the concert are available HERE. Anyone who purchases tickets for the concert will receive a special discount on tickets to that night's Iowa-UNI game. First Avenue Club owner Ned Mendenhall tells me he and Pat have been working on the concept for more than a year and that Green is expected to visit kids at the hospital before that night's game.

Pat Green says,

It is an incredible honor to be part of an endeavor which sole purpose is to enrich children's lives and make them smile.

Pat Green, the Iowa Wave, and Iowa football are a perfect fit. Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz and his family are longtime friends and fans of Pat Green.

This is going to be AWESOME.

University of Iowa