Iowa State will allow 25,000 fans at the football team's opener amid COVID-19 ...

Iowa State University has decided to allow 25,000 fans at the football team's opener against visiting Louisiana-Lafayette on September 12 despite the recent coronavirus surge in the surrounding city of Ames, which now has the second-worst outbreak in the country relative to population size.

ISU athletic director Jamie Pollard informed fans in a letter that 25,000 season ticket holders will be permitted to attend the 2020 home opener, but will be prohibited from tailgating and required to wear face coverings while respecting others' wishes for social distancing. 

Ames, Iowa's Jack Trice Stadium has capacity for 61,500 spectators at football games.

Iowa State University has decided to allow 25,000 fans at the football team's opener against visiting Louisiana-Lafayette on September 12 despite the recent coronavirus surge in the surrounding city of Ames, which now has the second-worst outbreak in the country relative to population size. Ames' Jack Trice Stadium (pictured) has capacity for 61,500 spectators

Iowa State University has decided to allow 25,000 fans at the football team's opener against visiting Louisiana-Lafayette on September 12 despite the recent coronavirus surge in the surrounding city of Ames, which now has the second-worst outbreak in the country relative to population size. Ames' Jack Trice Stadium (pictured) has capacity for 61,500 spectators

ISU athletic director Jamie Pollard (pictured) informed fans in a letter that 25,000 season ticket holders will be permitted to attend the 2020 home opener, but will be prohibited from tailgating and required to wear face coverings while respecting others' wishes for social distancing

Dr. John Paschen (pictured), the chairman of the Story County Board of Health, said he was 'sorely disappointed' by the decision, according to KCCI-TV . In his response, Pollard weighed Paschen's concerns against the objections of community members. 'I'm sure Dr. Paschen feel strongly about where he is coming from, but there are other people in this community that feel just as strongly that he's not correct,' Pollard told KCCI-TV

ISU athletic director Jamie Pollard (left) informed fans in a letter that 25,000 season ticket holders will be permitted to attend the 2020 home opener, but will be prohibited from tailgating and required to wear face coverings while respecting others' wishes for social distancing. Dr. John Paschen (right), the chairman of the Story County Board of Health, said he was 'sorely disappointed' by the decision, according to KCCI-TV . In his response, Pollard weighed Paschen's concerns against the objections of community members. 'I'm sure Dr. Paschen feel strongly about where he is coming from, but there are other people in this community that feel just as strongly that he's not correct,' Pollard told KCCI-TV

Texas Tech Red Raiders wide receiver Dylan Cantrell (14) goes up for a touchdown pass as Iowa State Cyclones defensive back Brian Peavy (10), Iowa State Cyclones defensive back D'Andre Payne (1) and Iowa State Cyclones defensive back Jarnor Jones (12) defend during the first half of an NCAA football game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Iowa State Cyclones on November 19, 2016, at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames

Texas Tech Red Raiders wide receiver Dylan Cantrell (14) goes up for a touchdown pass as Iowa State Cyclones defensive back Brian Peavy (10), Iowa State Cyclones defensive back D'Andre Payne (1) and Iowa State Cyclones defensive back Jarnor Jones (12) defend during the first half of an NCAA football game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Iowa State Cyclones on November 19, 2016, at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames

Dr. John Paschen, the chairman of the Story County Board of Health, said he was 'sorely disappointed' by the decision, according to a statement given to CBS affiliate, KCCI-TV.

In his response, Pollard weighed Paschen's concerns against the objections of community members.

'I'm sure Dr. Paschen feel strongly about where he is coming from, but there are other people in this community that feel just as strongly that he's not correct,' Pollard told KCCI-TV.

Ames currently has 8.7 confirmed cases of coronavirus per 1,000 citizens, putting the central Iowa city behind only Muskogee, Oklahoma, according to The New York Times. Furthermore, data released Monday from Iowa's Department of Public Health revealed 611 new cases and two more deaths, bringing the state's total to 1,112.

Currently 12 Iowa counties have a positivity rate of 15 percent or higher, according to CBS.com.

President Donald has urged top-level college football conferences to proceed with the fall season, while the Big Ten and Pac-12 have voted to push their 2020 campaigns until spring. Iowa State plays in the Big 12, which did not postpone its season. 

Despite the fall sports postponements throughout all NCAA levels, 's new pandemic adviser, Dr. Scott Atlas, continues to say that football should be played this fall.

'The communities of college towns depend on these activities,' Atlas said during an appearance with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in Tallahassee on Monday.

In spite of the reported health risks, Trump has continued to push for a fall football season

In spite of the reported health risks, has continued to push for a fall football season

The Big Ten announced August 11 it would move its football season from fall to spring semester because of health risks associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The Pac-12 followed suit, joining the Mid-American Conference and the Mountain West.

'No, I want Big Ten, and all other football, back - NOW,' tweeted on August 28. 'The Dems don't want football back, for political reasons, but are trying to blame me and the Republicans. Another LIE, but this is what we are up against! They should also open up all of their Shutdown States.'

Monday a court filing revealed that Big Ten Conference presidents voted 11-3 to postpone the football season, bringing some clarity to a key question raised in a lawsuit brought by a group of Nebraska football players.

The vote breakdown was revealed in the Big Ten's response to the lawsuit.

The court documents did not identify how each school voted, but a person familiar with the outcome told The Associated Press that Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio State voted against postponing the fall football season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Big Ten was not planning on making the specifics of its vote public.

The eight Nebraska football players are seeking the reinstatement of a fall season.

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