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HAWKS PRACTICE: Rain Affects Attendance

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Thousands of Hawkeyes fans planned to battle for seats Sunday at Valley Stadium, much like they do in the student section of Kinnick Stadium.

More than 13,000 fans were expected to cheer on the Hawks during their spring football practice in West Des Moines.

Fans with tickets were warned they might not get a seat because Valley Stadium can't hold that many people.  Luckily, all fans were able to find a seat and some seats were still left empty.

Hawkeye fan, Amanda Meek says, “It was about three fourths of the way full; it wasn't as big as they were saying it was going to be.”

Many fans say they think the weather had a lot to do with that.

The West Des Moines Police Department said the low attendance worked in its favor, “I don’t know if it was the weather or what, but we didn’t have 13,000 fans but the ones we did have obeyed the rules had no problems had no issues and from a public safety stand point it went very well,” said Lt. Jim Barrett.

Officials estimate about 8,000 fans showed up to see the Hawks play.

Spring Practice

As for Iowa, the last 2 seasons have been filled with changes for the Hawkeye football program.

They’ve had six new assistant coaches in 2 years.

Coming off a 4 win season the hawks are trying to keep fans excitedwith a trip to Valley stadium. It’s something Kirk Ferentz has never done before, but all in all it was a good experience for the players.

For the first time in a long time the Hawkeyes have no idea who the starting quarterback will be when fall rolls around.

They have 3 contenders vying for the starting job, none have any game experience.

Sophomore Jake Rudock is the #1 right now, but that’s not a guarantee. Right behind Rudock is Junior college transfer Cody Sokol and redshirt freshman CJ Beathard.

It will be a race in to the fall.