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Kinnick Stadium Medical Staff Helps Fans Stay Safe

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) The battle some fans fight before kickoff can be the most dangerous competition all day.

"If people are drinking alcohol to excess, we certainly are anticipating seeing a large number of people with heat-related issues, said the Director of Johnson County Ambulance Steve Spenler.

The experts say just drinking responsibly isnt enough. When youre done with your tailgate, crack open a nice cold bottle of water.

"Heat-related issues can really sneak up on you, said Spenler. You're not going to feel it until it hits you. And at that point in time, you're going to need some assistance."

"We made sure we got plenty of water because I was here last week and it was hot last week, said Grimes, IA resident Shawn Raines.

The medical staff on hand doesnt want to get in the way of a good time.

It's an important piece of the culture of football here, but at times, people can get carried away, said the Medical Director of First Aid Services at Kinnick Stadium Dr. Azeem Ahmed. So it becomes an issue of excess."

Even for fans who arent drinking alcohol, a morning kickoff on a bright and sunny day presents its own issues.

"People have losses of fluids, just from the heat. Your body starts to become under stress just from the heat itself, said Dr. Ahmed.

"Sitting on the sun-side of the stadium is going to make it a little bit tough but you just have to know that going in and plan accordingly, said Sioux City, IA resident Shane Fitzpatrick.

"We don't sit down too soon, stay out of the sun as much as possible, until we have to, and start cheering for the Hawks, said Raines.

The plan for fans is pretty simple for a good time at Kinnick, no matter what the scoreboard says.

"Drinking a lot of water and staying in the shade, said 9-year old Hannah Fitzpatrick.

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