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VIDEO: Kinnick Stadium fans pull off card stunt

Posted on: October 16, 2011 12:03 am
Edited on: October 16, 2011 12:07 am

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The Iowa-Northwestern game on Saturday was a sellout long before the season, and as such, the Iowa athletic department wanted to commemorate the game -- Iowa's only home night game of the season -- in a special way. The Hawkeyes ramped up the audacity by planning a two-sided card trick around the entire stadium, with one side honoring Iowa's iconic America Needs Farmers sticker, and the other a red, white, and blue display of stars and stripes for the national anthem.

Stars? Stripes? On cards? Is that something the 70,000+ fans at Kinnick Stadium could pull off? As it turns out, yes, they could -- and they did:

Not all stadiums can pull this off, regardless of the fans' support; you'd need a bowl-type, single-tier stadium, otherwise there are support poles and overhangs and it's not a great look (sorry, Ohio State and Penn State; your stadiums are still completely incredible). But Iowa did, and one would have to think that plenty of other schools are going to see this and put on card stunts of their own in the coming years.


Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2011 7:35 pm

VIDEO: Kinnick Stadium fans pull off card stunt

it made me so proud to see the iowa fans pull this off and the university put so much work into getting this done!  i wouldnt trade any amount of other teams wins for the university of iowa pride!

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2011 7:22 pm

VIDEO: Kinnick Stadium fans pull off card stunt

iowa fans and their university go all out to make every hawk football saturday a special one. this one was. from the brilliant atmosphere to the finally killing the demons of justNorthwestern...this was a picture perfect saturday from beginning to end.

 The fans played along.

“I had a terrible view, from the visiting team’s tunnel,” said Iowa’s associate athletics director and overseer of the department’s marketing. “When the crowd went ‘Oooh’ during the American flag stunt, I knew things either were really bad or really good. Sure enough, it was really good.”

How good? Iowa has gotten favorable attention from the event in a lot of circles. Klatt has heard from other schools wanting to know how the stunts were pulled off so well.

“The fact it’s ricocheting around the world is pretty cool,” he said.

The executionm of the stunts didn’t come easily. About 300 volunteers, from Iowa City West High School’s music organization and the UI Dance Marathon, earned their donations from, who orchestrated the event. The Iowa students channeled their donation to the UI Children’s Hospital.

From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the volunteers taped down the cards to each of the seats. Because of strong winds Saturday, additional tape had to be used. The volunteers were taxed, and needed every available minute to finish the task.

“Kudos to them for sticking it out,” said Klatt.

classic iowa! the best fans in the world! 


Since: Dec 15, 2009
Posted on: October 17, 2011 11:05 am

VIDEO: Kinnick Stadium fans pull off card stunt

Not going to lie, that's pretty bloody amazing. I mean it's done in soccer all the time, but it's still a cool thing to see...

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