The Iowa State football team is having a spectacular year. But it's 2020, and many of their fans have been denied the chance to see them live.

So it's welcome news that was released today that up to 15,000 Cyclones fans will be allowed into Jack Trice Stadium for the final home game against West Virginia this Saturday, December 5.

According to the Cyclones and the Des Moines Register, Iowa State Athletics Director Jamie Pollard said the decision to allow fans to return was made after discussions with university leaders who agreed following a review of the state and local COVID positivity trends and hospitalization rates.

The university will resume its COVID attendance policies for Saturday’s football game against West Virginia. Those policies will also be in place for Sunday's Iowa State women's basketball game versus South Carolina and the Cyclones men's basketball game against DePaul.

The decision to allow fans to return comes at a time when concerns about the spread of COVID-19 over the holiday season could lead to a surge of additional infections. With safety the first priority for all, it's hopeful that careful fans can both celebrate with the team and stay healthy at the same time.

Following a huge victory over Texas on Saturday, the Cyclones are now 7-1 in the Big 12 and 7-2 overall. A win over West Virginia this Saturday will assure the Cyclones a shot at the Big 12 Title Game on Saturday, December 19.

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