You’re an Iowa State football season ticket-holder. You attend all home games. You even go to road games when the Cyclones play at, say, Kansas or Kansas State.
And of course, you never miss a bowl experience. Let’s say you’re also diabetic. You know that germ-filled settings could be dangerous to your health. The Sept. 5 season-opener against South Dakota at Jack Trice Stadium is approaching. Let’s say coronavirus is still active in Iowa, though. You’re an at-risk person.
Finally, you decide against attending games. Your diabetic condition hasn’t changed, but again, you’ve already forked over $225 for a season ticket. Pollard always has been a fan-friendly athletics director — remember that Cyclone-oriented billboard in Hawkeye-centric eastern Iowa more than a decade ago?
He spoke publicly to hundreds of fans on last week’s virtual Cyclone Tailgate Tour. He mingles with fans in tailgate areas before football games. He showed that side again Tuesday, while outlining what looks to be a workable, common-sense plan not only for general-public season tickets, but also for Iowa State students. In a letter to students, Pollard said the school will hold 4,800 tickets for students to purchase, of which 1,200 were still available Tuesday.
And like with the general-public season tickets, he said: “Any student season ticket-holder who purchases a ticket but later decides they are not comfortable attending games this fall because of COVID-19 may request a refund.”
Assuming we’re still operating under the assumption that establishments can open at 50 percent capacity, 61,500-seat Trice would turn into an approximate 30,000-seat home for games against South Dakota, UNLV, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Baylor and West Virginia.