NEW YORK — They stood on the platform overlooking the New York Stock Exchange floor and clapped as the clock counted down to 9:30 a.m. ET.
The opening bell rang, and three members of the Iowa football team, coach Kirk Ferentz and athletics director Gary Barta were among the people beginning another day in world capitalism.
It was almost surreal for senior guard Sean Welsh.
“It’s an incredible opportunity just to be in that same area with that group of people,” Welsh said. “It’s awesome. It’s really hard to fathom. It’s really incredible. This is really where it all happens. It’s really interesting.”
As part of their Pinstripe Bowl experience, Iowa and its counterparts from Boston College took part in ringing Wall Street’s opening bell on Tuesday. They were given a tour of artifacts at the Stock Exchange, including a gift from the last Czar of Russia to a clock built in 1807.
Then they walked the floor and up to the overhang. They were awestruck.
“I was really surprised,” Welsh said. “I didn’t see it being part of the trip. I didn’t know it was part of the trip.
“This is a very cool place to see.”
Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell was front and center for the opening bell and accompanying photos. He was blown away by the experience.
“At the start of it I didn’t really know what it was. When they told me the Stock Exchange I was like ‘Yeah, OK, yeah, for sure I’ll do that,'” he said. “It’s been pretty cool since.”
Cornerback Josh Jackson joined the Iowa crew for the moment.
Iowa (7-5) and Boston College (7-5) compete in the eighth edition of the Pinstripe Bowl at 5:15 p.m. ET Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN.
“Everything has been first-rate, from where we’re staying to everything that we’ve done,” Welsh said. “It’s been a really great experience.”