Recent COVID-19 spikes in Ames have made it one of the top metro areas in the COUNTRY for increased cases according to recent reports. #1 relative to cities with a 50,000-plus population. It's not stopping Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard from estimating 25,000 fans in attendance at the first Cyclone game, scheduled for September 12 against Louisiana.

25,000 is a far cry from a full house at Jack Trice Stadium and that's by design. Pollard says they've reconfigured seating to allow for social distancing and are only allowing season ticket holders to attend this season. These season-ticket holders were assigned new seats and must abide by the seating arrangement laid out.

That first game will tell the tale if their mitigation measures are a success, according to Pollard. The mitigation measures, according to Iowa's News Now will include health checks, restricted loitering and tailgating in the parking lot (no one can bring tailgating-related items like lawn chairs, coolers, grills, tents, canopies, tables, etc.)

All fans will be required to wear face-coverings (masks, gaiters or face shields). Come 90 minutes early and prepare for a long wait in line to mitigate social distancing, staying in your seat as much as possible, and leaving the stadium immediately after the game. If these procedures are not successful, they will move forward without fans starting October 3 against Oklahoma.

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