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Attendance Restrictions Lifted 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. 

The three-day boys and girls meet at Drake Stadium will be open to all interested spectators, cancelling capacity and seating restrictions announced May 4.

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.”

Masks are strongly encouraged of all spectators at this event, especially in common areas such as concourses, concession stand lines, and restrooms.  Per CDC guidance, unvaccinated people should continue taking safety precautions before and while attending gatherings, such as wearing masks. 

A mobile vaccination clinic will be located in the Drake Stadium concourse all three days of the meet May 20-22 with Pfizer vaccines being administered by members of Drake University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Polk County Health Department. Anyone age 12 or older wishing to receive a vaccination will be able to do so.

Officials says Drake Stadium will not be cleared of fans between sessions. 

*Click here to read the complete statement from state track officials

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Mark Pitz

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