Mr. Yost

September 3rd, 2017 at 3:16 PM ^


Iowa fans debuted the Big Ten’s latest gameday tradition in its season-opening victory over Wyoming on Saturday.

Let’s just say that it’s certain to be a hit.

With the new UI Children’s Hospital opening across the street, and constructed with plenty of windows to provide a view of the field, Iowa fans, all at once, will wave at the young patients and their families watching from the hospital.

Iowa fan Levi Thompson, of Hawkeye Heaven, is credited with creating the idea for the “First Quarter Wave.” Thompson had an anonymous fan write into his Facebook page, which has more than 100,000 likes, about how it would be great to do something for the kids.

“I wanted it to be something that I knew I could pull off with my platform,” Thompson said. “So I came up with a wave after the first quarter of every home game, letting the children know that we are all behind them and putting them in the spotlight.”

Well, the first “First Quarter Wave” was a resounding success.

“This is just the beginning of a great thing,” Thompson said, “and I do believe this will become the best tradition in all of sports.”

M Vader

September 3rd, 2017 at 3:40 PM ^

I remember interviewing for a residency at iowa. Neat how the hospital is so close to the stadium, but it was botter cold. Still enjoyed the visit.

rob f

September 3rd, 2017 at 4:30 PM ^

apparently is a new thing, I was made aware of the fact that the new Children's Hospital at U of Iowa was specifically built in such a way that most of the patient rooms facing Iowa Stadium would have a good view of the field of play. Found this wonderful bit of information from some Iowa fans sitting near me when at last year's game.