U of Iowa taking extra precautions for Saturday

IOWA CITY – With excessive heat forecasted for Saturday, the University of Iowa has advised fans who plan to attend the season-opening football game against Northern Illinois to take extra precautions.

To help in those precautions, the university will have cooling stations available at all corners of the stadium, equipped with tents for shade, misting stations and cold towels.

Fans also may bring in more than one sealed bottle of water or bring in an empty reusable water bottle that can be refilled at drinking fountains.

The stadium also is lowering its price of bottled water to $2, and Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Recreation Building and the Field House will all open at 8 a.m. so fans can cool off inside.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reminds fans to wear light colored clothes, apply plenty of sunscreen, wear a hat and drink plenty of water or Gatorade, and to avoid caffeine or alcohol.