IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta and Iowa State Athletic Director Jamie Pollard both issued a joint statement in response to the alleged mistreatment of some Iowa band members during this past Saturday's football game in Ames.
The game was delayed for nearly three hours by two weather delays, and there were reports of several incidents in which members of the Iowa Marching Band were mistreated by fans at Jack Trice Stadium.
Iowa defeated the Cyclones 18-17 before a sellout crowd of 61,800, although, there were some empty seats by the end of the second weather delay, which lasted for slightly more than two hours.
“Both the University of Iowa and Iowa State University are committed to providing a safe environment for everyone attending events on their respective campuses," the statement reads. "This includes members of the school’s marching bands.
"Unfortunately, both the Hawkeye and Cyclone marching bands have been the target of unacceptable behavior at football games in Iowa City and Ames in recent years. Some of the conduct directed at the students in our respective marching bands recently has been rude, vulgar, and in some cases, violent.
"We should all feel embarrassed when students in the bands don’t feel safe when performing at an away game. Each of our athletics departments is committed to doing whatever is necessary to improve the environment for visiting school marching bands in the future. A significant part of the solution is insisting our fans help address this issue by showing more respect to our visitors. We owe it to these hardworking performers to have a safe stage on which they can showcase their spirit and talent.”
Iowa and Iowa State have signed a contract to play through the 2024 season.