It doesn’t look like the Kinnick Wave will be leaving Iowa football games anytime soon.
The new tradition where fans and players at Iowa home games will turn toward University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital and wave to the patients watching the game from the windows was implemented during the 2017 football season. It captured the nation’s attention, and was featured everywhere from ESPN to a Carrie Underwood music video.
“Just about everywhere I’ve gone since last football season, it doesn’t matter if I’m in an athletic setting, if I’m in a church setting, if I’m in San Antonio or New York, people ask me about The Wave,” Iowa athletic director Gary Barta told reporters Thursday. “I think Kirk [Ferentz] summed it up best: I can’t imagine that this tradition would ever end. I don’t know why it would.”
The tradition started with a simple suggestion on a Facebook page, and it was an immediate success.
“It’s amazing,” Amy Condon, whose son George is a patient at the hospital, told Land of 10. “You can see everything. It’s got to be one of the best seats in the house. You can literally see — if my friend were sitting right across from us in that [top] row of seats, I’d be able to wave to her.”
Here’s what the wave looks like up close:
And here’s ESPN’s touching feature on the Kinnick Wave: