Athletic directors from both Iowa and Iowa State have issued a joint statement urging fans of their heated rivalry to curb hostilities, saying that their respective marching bands “have been the target of unacceptable behavior” during games at both schools over recent years, according to ESPN’s Heather Dinich.
The statement is in response to a release that was issued on Monday from Iowa athletic director Gary Barta, which alleged that “inappropriate actions” were made toward staff members and students of the Hawkeye marching band at last Saturday’s rivalry game in Ames.
Neither school delved into specifics regarding what may have happened on Saturday.
“Both the University of Iowa and Iowa State University are committed to providing a safe environment for everyone attending events on their respective campuses,” Barta and Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard said in the news release. “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,” the statement said. “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.”