Guide to College Game Day at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames for Cy-Hawk Showdown

Saturday marks the 68th meeting between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Iowa State Cyclones and the first where both teams are ranked inside the top-10 nationally. As Hawkeye fans are no doubt aware, this marks the second consecutive meeting in Ames and the second consecutive meeting that will feature ESPN’s College Game Day in the hours leading up to the event.

Given the short travel distance and the excitement around the game, Hawkeye fans may have an increased interest in making the trip to Ames for Saturday’s game. While The Pants would normally be succinct in any sort of travel guide to Ames and simply say “don’t”, that’s less helpful for those of you legitimately interested in seeing Iowa in person again.

So we’ve enlisted some help from our, uhhh, counterparts at Wide Right Natty Light. Here’s a look at some travel details that may (or may not) be helpful for Hawkeye fans looking to make it to Jack Trice Stadium for Iowa’s matchup at 3:30pm CT this Saturday.

Best place to stay for Game Day?

There are a handful of hotels around Ames, and all are perfectly solid options.

Best place to eat on Game Day?

Start your morning at the Tip-Top lounge and get some of their famous chili. If it’s an afternoon game and you don’t have a specific tailgate, I’d recommend lunch at either Wallaby’s or El Azteca, but there are a bunch of places around town worth checking out.

Any COVID-19 restrictions to be aware of (masks, social distancing, etc)?

As of the time of me typing this out, there aren’t any COVID restrictions as of right now, but that could easily change.

Any travel or traffic items to note?

Like every other college town, traffic leaving the stadium is a nightmare, but I actually don’t think it’s *that* bad compared to other places I’ve been. As a general rule, I would recommend heading east to Dayton Ave or even taking Lincoln Way east out of town over to Nevada, then getting on 30 East there if you’re going that direction.

Any other tips or tricks to attending a game? Sites to check out, places to avoid, etc?

Iowa State tailgating tends to be an all-day event, but if you do have some time, Reihmann Gardens is right next to the stadium, and is definitely worth checking out. Welch Ave near campus is where most of the bars are, and is usually pretty busy after games if you aren’t trying to get out of town ASAP.

As it relates specifically to the ESPN College Game Day event, here’s some information courtesy of

Location – The show will be staged south of Jack Trice Stadium from Reiman Plaza.
Time – ESPN’s College GameDay runs from 8-11 a.m. (Central)
Admission – Free for all fans and open to the general public.
Pit – A limited number of fans will be allowed in the pit located behind the stage.

ESPN staff will manage entry to the Pit.

Here are ESPN policies for the Pit:

-No food or drink
-No vulgar or inappropriate signage
-No offensive language
-No solicitation
-No bags, backpacks or purses
-No pens, pencils, markers or dry erase boards
-Throwing of objects is prohibitive

The pit opens at 5:30 a.m. Fans will not be allowed to camp out on the grounds in advance of entry into the show’s footprint. No one will be allowed to que until 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Security will have a presence in the area to help monitor activities.

There will be plenty of room around the pit for students, families and kids to enjoy the show without having access to the pit.

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Signs – Fans are encouraged to bring signs – the best ones will make the show, so be creative!

SATURDAY (Sept. 11)

5:30 a.m. – Entry to both the pit and the areas surrounding the stage open
Early morning – ESPN’s SportsCenter “live hits”
7:30 a.m. – “Countdown to GameDay” digital show with Christine Williamson and Harry Lyles, Jr.
8 a.m. – College GameDay starts
11 a.m. – College GameDay ends
1 p.m. – Spirit Walk (Tent Row off S. 4th Street and North of Jacobson Building to Stark Performance Center entrance
1:30 p.m. – Stadium gates open for suites and ISU students
2 p.m. – Stadium gates open for general public seating and club spaces (Jack Trice Club, Sukup End Zone Club)
3:36 p.m. – Kickoff for Iowa State vs. Iowa at MidAmerican Energy Field at Jack Trice Stadium


All parking lots – donor and public– will open at 6 a.m. Once parking around the stadium is filled, fans are encouraged to seek parking on campus.

Enjoy yourself responsibly if you are planning to make the trip to Ames. Be safe and try to remain modestly civil. Go Hawks!

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Airlines were counting on a post-Labor Day surge in business travel. It looks like that won’t happen

By Chris Isidore, CNN Business

This week was supposed to be the time when many workers began returning to offices, and business travelers started returning to the air.

Neither of those things is happening the way US airlines had counted on.

With the rise of Covid-19 cases in recent months, many offices have pushed back reopening plans until later this fall or even into 2022. And without reopened offices to visit, many business travel plans have also been put on hold.

“Delaying back-to-office has an effect on business travel,” said Philip Baggaley, chief credit analyst of transportation companies for Standard & Poor’s. “It’s harder to put together a trip where you see a bunch of different clients. And company travel policy can become more cautious.”

In July, a survey of members by the Global Business Travel Association found 68% said they planned to begin business travel sometime in next three months. By August, that had dropped 35%.

“It’s a pretty dramatic change of plans,” said Adam Sacks, president of Tourism Economics. “We expected to see some traction from business travel in the fall. Now we’re not certain when it will happen.”

And it’s not just offices delaying reopening that is affecting the cutback in business travel. Conferences and conventions across the nation — from the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Houston to the Specialty Food Association’s Fancy Food Show set for New York — have been canceled or shifted to virtual in recent weeks due to Covid cases. Those shows themselves are, historically, a major driver of business travel.

Hot summer for travel

The airlines just enjoyed a strong rebound in leisure travel over the summer. The number of passengers passing through TSA checkpoints at US airports from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day totaled 77% of what was seen in the summer of 2019 -— three times the number of passengers airlines carried in the same period in 2020.

But more-lucrative business travel is far more important for the airlines’ finances, and they had been counting on a fall rebound as the summer began.

“[Business] customers are telling us that they’re eager to travel,” Robert Isom, president of American Airlines, said to investors on a July 22 call about second quarter results. “Critically, the majority have shared their expectation for travel to pick up moving into the fall. We now expect a full business travel recovery in 2022.”

But those expectations quickly changed as the number of Covid cases climbed and offices delayed reopening.

“It certainly seems that with delayed returns to office that those plans will probably be a little more muted,” Vasu Raja, American’s chief revenue officer, said at a subsequent investor conference just five weeks after the remarks by Isom. “We do anticipate that there will be a slower recovery in business demand than what we’ve seen, but there will still be a recovery in business demand.”

Other airlines have also pushed back some of their forecasts for a revenue rebound. Southwest warned investors that a drop in bookings and a rise in cancellations means it now doesn’t expect to remain profitable for the third quarter, despite a profitable July.

But Baggaley said if the delayed rebound in business travel is a setback for the airlines, it should only be a temporary one.

“It’s been a pattern of a choppy recovery, but with a clear trend up,” he said.

Sacks said that the airlines can hope that if Covid cases begin to decline as vaccination rates rise, businesses will quickly return to their earlier, more ambitious travel plans.

Just as there was pent-up demand for leisure travel, Sachs said, there’s been even greater pent-up demand for business travel.

“If the last year and a half has shown us anything, it’s difficult to look through each wave of the pandemic and see where travel is headed,” he said.

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TSA saw Labor Day travel increase despite higher case rates

Despite case rates of COVID-19 being more than three times higher than they were on Labor Day weekend in 2020, the TSA screened more than 4 million additional passengers over the long weekend this year, the agency said.

The increase in travel comes despite warnings from the Centers for Disease Control, which urged last week that unvaccinated people should avoid travel and urged caution for vaccinated travelers.

With cases of COVID-19 already on the rise, health experts across the country fear Monday’s holiday could have facilitated the spread of the virus, potentially sending more Americans to already crowded hospitals.

On Labor Day 2020, the U.S. found itself fairly in control of the pandemic, with daily cases averaging about 35,000 a day. But in the weeks and months following the holiday, case counts began to climb uncontrollably, peaking at more than 250,000 new cases a day by January 2021.

With Labor Day marking the start of fall — and the arrival of colder weather and more indoor congregation — the U.S. finds itself with a much higher rate of spread. Despite the widespread availability of highly effective COVID-19 vaccines, case rates are more than three times higher than they were on Labor Day 2020 at more than 117,000 a day.

The current spike in cases has been driven by the delta variant, a more contagious strain of COVID-19 that is currently spreading across the world.

The good news is that widespread vaccinations have helped limit COVID-19 deaths. Despite seeing more than three times as many daily cases on Labor Day 2021 compared to last year, the U.S. only sees about 1.8 times as many daily deaths.

The bad news? Hospitalizations are far higher now than they were at this time last year, meaning an impending fall spike in hospital resource use could be devastating.

Concerns regarding an impending spike from Labor Day prompted CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walesnky last week to recommend that those who are not vaccinated avoid travel. She also said that those who are vaccinated and choose to travel need to be cautious.

“We have actually articulated that people who are fully vaccinated and who are wearing masks can travel,” Walensky said. “Although, given where we are with disease transmission right now, we would say that people need to take their own, these risks into their own consideration as they think about traveling first and foremost.”

Despite the warnings from the CDC, the Transportation Security Administration screened 7.3 million travelers between Friday and Monday, compared to 3.2 million travelers for the same weekend in 2020. That marks a year-over-year increase of more than 4 million additional travelers.

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Quarantining After Labor Day Weekend, Travel Advisory Update – NBC Chicago

As school resumes after the long Labor Day weekend, how many students will return? Changes to Chicago’s travel policy could affect city classrooms.

Plus, the city’s travel advisory is set for another update Tuesday.

Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic across Illinois today:

Chicago Travel Advisory Set for Another Update Tuesday

Chicago’s travel advisory is set for another update on Tuesday, one week after nearly every U.S. state was added to the list and changes to the policy were announced just before the Labor Day holiday weekend.

In last week’s update, every U.S. state except Vermont was added to the travel advisory’s “orange” category, which recommends unvaccinated travelers from such locations test negative for COVID-19 and quarantine.

States are added to the advisory’s “orange list” when COVID metrics rise above the threshold of 15 cases per day per 100,000 people. Any below that mark are on the “yellow” list, with public health officials still warning against non-essential travel.

Some Unvaccinated Chicago Students Now Must Quarantine After Labor Day Travel

Unvaccinated children who traveled over the long Labor Day weekend may not be allowed back in classrooms just yet under guidance from some school districts in Chicago as the city updates its travel advisory recommendations.

Chicago Public Schools in a letter to parents last week said it would abide by new guidelines set out in the city’s travel advisory, which require a seven to 10-day quarantine for unvaccinated travelers, even if they test negative for the virus upon arrival.

“Unvaccinated students who leave the state should not come to school during their self-quarantine period, which is seven days if they receive a negative test and 10 days if they do not test,” the district wrote.

The requirement applies to any unvaccinated student, including those ages 11 and younger who are not yet eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine. There is no quarantine requirement for children who are fully vaccinated, unless they develop symptoms.

A similar plan is in place for the Archdiocese of Chicago, though the district is offering students the option to test out of quarantine.

Read more here.

Can You Drink Alcohol After Getting the COVID Vaccine? Here’s What a Doctor Says

Can you drink alcohol after getting the coronavirus vaccine?

It’s a question some have been asking since the onset of the pandemic.

The answer, according to an Illinois doctor with Cook County Health, is yes, but there’s a catch.

“It’s a great question. The simple, short answer is yes,” Dr. Mark Loafman, chair of family and community medicine for Cook County Health, told NBC Chicago in May. “There’s no prohibition against drinking alcohol. It wasn’t specifically studied and there’s an assumption that some, you know, an average number of people in the study did use alcohol during the study, but it wasn’t specifically measured.”

“Excessive” alcohol consumption, however, can lead to a weakened immune system, Loafman said at the time.

“We know in general that people who have used alcohol, excessive doses of alcohol, have a weakened immune system and that makes them more susceptible to infection and may weaken their response to a vaccine,” he said.

So what is considered excessive? According to Loafman, it’s more than one drink a day for women and more than two drinks a day for men with “consistent use over time.”

Moderna vs. Pfizer: Is One Vaccine Stronger Against Delta Variant?

With many now able to choose which COVID vaccine they receive, questions surrounding which offers better protection against the now-surging delta variant have spiked.

Several studies have been conducted to determine vaccine effectiveness, but is one vaccine actually better than the others?

According to medical experts, the three vaccines currently available in the U.S. each offer protection.

Here’s a breakdown of what we know so far about each vaccine.

Proof, Testing, Religious Exemptions: What to Know About COVID Vaccine Mandates

With both Illinois and Chicago mandating COVID vaccines for certain groups, what are the requirements and what do you need to know?

Here’s a breakdown of what we know so far.

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KCI patrons confident in air travel over Labor Day weekend

KANSAS CITY, MO — People who passed through Kansas City International Airport on Monday said they felt confident in air travel over the Labor Day weekend.

Before the holiday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged unvaccinated travelers to stay home. However, it was OK for the fully vaccinated to travel with a mask, but take the risks of the continued spread into their own consideration.

“I definitely encourage everyone to be vaccinated and just get out here and live,” said Christine Jacobs, who was traveling to Texas. “I mean, we definitely want to take this pandemic seriously. There’s still a virus to be concerned about, but, hey, if you’re taking precautions, get out and enjoy yourself.”

The number of people departing and arriving from Kansas City International changed frequently throughout Labor Day, with a few surprised by lack of crowds inside the airport.

“I expected worse traffic, I expected worse lines, and hold ups and everything, said Thomas Nemeth, who was traveling to Naples, Florida, “but pretty happy with it.”

Others, like Jacobs, told KSHB 41 News they felt comfortable getting on a plan since they were fully vaccinated.

“We’re both vaccinated, which kind of helps put our mind at ease,” Jacobs said. “So, you know, we still try to keep a distance from people, but I’m pretty comfortable traveling now that we are [vaccinated].”

While others were happy to be on a flight during the holiday, Aaron Davis, from Texas, said he can’t wait to travel without a mask.

“I don’t like to wear the mask or anything like that, but I’m going to keep traveling, yeah, definitely,” he said, “because if you want to go somewhere you’ve got to follow everybody rules. It doesn’t matter what my rules are.”

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This year’s Labor Day travel picks back up at SLC Airport

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – The coronavirus slashed the number of travelers last year at the Salt Lake City International Airport, but this Labor Day, thousands of people are traveling once again.

Waiting for their ride home, Erik Gaona and Armando Calata told ABC4 they just got back from a weekend trip to California.

“We were in Los Angeles. Actually, went to Santa Monica and it was pretty good,” Calata said.

“Yeah, we went for my birthday and it was a good weekend for sure,” Gaona said.

Monday afternoon, Kristina Pexton said she too was just getting back from a trip out-of-state.

“It was an anniversary trip, we went to Alaska,” she said.

Holiday travel has picked back up this year. The airport reports more than 25,000 travelers, compared to last year’s 11,000 travelers.

With coronavirus cases surging across the country, travelers said increased case counts are a concern, but they made sure to do their part to stay safe and healthy.

“We were careful, I sanitized all the time,” Pexton said.

“I was a little nervous,” Gaona said. “I kept telling him, ‘put your mask, here’s some hand sanitizer, be careful.’”

“I don’t want to spread anything, and I don’t want to get anything and give it to my family,” Pexton said.

“I felt pretty safe as well and honestly, I think I’m getting used to the mask now. I had to travel last year during the pandemic, and I think you just get used to it and we might have to get used to it,” Calata said.

Masks are still required to be worn at all U.S. airports and on planes and buses. The Transportation Security Administration announced last month this mandate is now in place through mid-January.

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Reopening Day, Amazon, Summer Travel: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

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Good evening. Here’s the latest.

1. A “return to life as we know it.”

With 70 percent of adults in New York having received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifted nearly all restrictions on businesses and social gatherings. That includes ending capacity limits, social distance requirements, disinfection protocols and health screenings. Above, the restaurant Juliette in Brooklyn on Tuesday.

It was also “reopening day” in California, as Gov. Gavin Newsom called it. He, too, lifted nearly all of the state’s restrictions, with 72 percent of adults having received at least one dose of the vaccine. As the economy fully reopens, our California restaurant critic said the most exciting place to eat in Los Angeles is Chinatown.

While the U.S. edges toward normalcy, many countries in Asia are still facing months of uncertainty and isolation as their vaccination campaigns just start to gain steam.

2. We learned more about Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure the Justice Department to help overturn the election results.

An hour before William Barr stepped down as attorney general, the former president was pressuring his replacement, Jeffrey Rosen, above, to back his false election fraud claims, emails show. Two weeks later, another email from Trump asked the Justice Department to file a brief to the Supreme Court that argued state officials used the pandemic to weaken election security and pave the way for widespread election fraud.

Separately, the Biden administration is aiming to bolster its ability to combat domestic extremism. A new plan acts as a blueprint on how to more effectively identify extremists in the U.S. after years of heightened focus on foreign terrorists.

4. Amazon did the impossible for customers during the pandemic. But at its only fulfillment center in New York City, the company burned through workers as orders skyrocketed.

An examination by The Times into how the pandemic unfolded at JFK8, as the center is known, found that the crisis exposed the power and peril of Amazon’s employment system. JFK8 helped the company book the equivalent of the previous three years’ profits rolled into one. It also relied on a strained, faltering system for mass-managing people that hired, monitored and fired without much human contact.

Here are five takeaways from the investigation.

Separately, President Biden named Lina Khan, a prominent critic of Big Tech who first attracted notice as a critic of Amazon, as chair of the F.T.C.

5. Hundreds of thousands of post-Covid patients, including Karla Jefferies, above, are experiencing nagging new problems they didn’t have before the disease, a new U.S. study revealed.

6. A heat wave across the Western U.S. could deliver temperatures above 125 degrees and stress electric grids in a region facing the worst drought in two decades.

Arizona, above outside Superior, and Nevada are bracing for the possibility of record highs, while firefighters confronting small blazes in California may be forced to do so in triple-digit heat. The Texas power grid’s operator has urged residents to minimize their electricity usage or risk outages. More than 100 people died in Texas during a February snowstorm that crippled the grid.

We’re also watching two tropical weather events. Tropical Storm Bill became the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season overnight, though it is expected to remain away from the coast. And a tropical depression may form by the end of the week, bringing heavy rains to the northern Gulf Coast.

7. Charitable giving in the U.S. rose 5 percent in 2020 to a record $471.4 billion, with civil rights and environmental groups benefiting.

A national conversation over race in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer fueled fund-raising, as did a rising stock market and government stimulus checks.

For the third time in under a year, MacKenzie Scott, above, one of the richest women in the world, announced a multibillion-dollar round of grants — $2.74 billion to 286 organizations. The latest round brings her total to more than $8 billion. When Scott and Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, divorced in 2019, her stock was valued at about $36 billion. Amazon’s soaring stock price has since pushed her net worth to an estimated $60 billion.

8. “Can I lick these people?”

Stephen Colbert, above, returned to a capacity, vaccinated crowd at the Ed Sullivan Theater last night after 15 months of hosting “The Late Show” from home, prompting his guest, Jon Stewart, to ask the question above. “There was something of a surviving-your-own-funeral aspect to the reunion,” writes our TV critic James Poniewozik.

And after four decades, Martin Yan, who used TV to help many North Americans start cooking Chinese food at home, is as cheery as ever but aware of some harsher truths. We spoke to the chef, who is now re-energizing fans as a YouTube host, about the new food media landscape.

In updated recommendations, the C.D.C. said domestic and international travel are low risk for fully vaccinated Americans, but it’s still far from simple. Here’s what you need to know.

10. And finally, the art of the toast.

Massive wedding parties with 10-piece bands and champagne fountains may be giving way to the micro-wedding, but one tradition remains steadfast: the wedding speech.

If you’ve been charged with saying a few words about the couple, we spoke to several experts for tips to help you speak from the heart. Think about your relationship with the couple, consider making it a group effort, cut the clichés and keep it short.

“We’re all so acutely aware that no one has any idea what tomorrow will bring,” one toastmaster said. “The fact that two people want to tackle that tomorrow together feels especially noteworthy.”

Have a moving night.

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CDC urges unvaccinated people against traveling Labor Day weekend | News

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – As people across the country travel for the Labor Day weekend, the CDC Director is advising anyone unvaccinated to stay home.

It comes as states, including Tennessee, see a surge in hospitalizations due to the delta variant. On Thursday, Gov. Bill Lee said he’s not going to make any changes in the future with the state’s plan to combat COVID-19.

Thursday is the second day in a row that Tennessee has set a record for the highest amount of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state.

While the vaccine is available for anyone over 12, many kids are still ineligible. In addition, with Tennessee setting a record number of hospitalizations (3,500) for the third day in a row, including pediatric patients (83), the CDC advises that some families don’t travel.

Experts with AAA, The Auto Club Group, say they expect most people to take road trips this holiday weekend. However, if you are hitting the road, they advise people avoid main commuting hours when drivers are heading home from work.

AAA says it’s hard to forecast how many will be traveling this Labor Day since kids are back in school with some in quarantine.

The US is surpassing an average of 160,000 new COVID-19 cases a day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

“Given the recent uptick in cases, that’s one wildcard that is hard to guesstimate on,” says Megan Cooper, with AAA. “Will people still go out and travel? Are there concerns with traveling? But the biggest advice that we can give to those who are traveling is that traveling is a personal decision.”

AAA says gas prices are the most expensive they’ve seen since 2014 at an average price of $2.90 a gallon.

They also say Hurricane Ida shouldn’t have an impact on prices in the Mid-State. But if you are traveling to New York or New Orleans, travel might be tricky.

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – The aftermath of Hurricane Ida is expected to cause gas price fluctuations, according to AAA officials.

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