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North Iowa Superintendent Happy, Not Surprised About Lifting Attendance Restrictions at State Track Meet

Attendance limitations have been removed for this week’s Iowa High School State Track & Field Championships following updated public health guidance and coordination with Drake University and the Polk County Health Department. 

Drake Athletic Director Brian Hardin said, “Recently released CDC guidelines encouraged us to consult with these partners and revisit stadium capacity. We look forward to once again welcoming the best high school athletes our state has to offer to compete on the world-famous Blue Oval in front of all their family and friends who wish to attend.”

The move cancels capacity and seating restrictions in place as recently as two weeks ago. Newly elected Chair of the Board of Control for Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, Osage Superintendent Barb Schwamman, says she’s not surprised the change was made.

Masks are encouraged for all spectators, especially on concourses, in concession stand lines, and in restrooms. Per CDC guidance, unvaccinated people should take safety precautions before and while attending gatherings, such as wearing masks.

A mobile COVID vaccination clinic will be located in the Drake Stadium concourse all three days of the meet this Thursday through Saturday. Pfizer vaccines will be available to anyone age 12 or older wishing to receive a shot.

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Mark Pitz

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