Pat Green’s ‘Wave on Wave’ at Kinnick Was Amazing [WATCH]
Saturday night was perhaps the first night in Kinnick Stadium history that the halftime was the best part of the night. The atmosphere inside the historic stadium wasn't what it normally is for a football game. I never once heard a 'Let's Go Hawks' chant heading into the stadium. It felt different. It was different.
Saturday night wasn't so much about Iowa against Northern Iowa. No, it was about the two bands joining together with Pat Green for a performance of a song that now holds very special meaning in the state of Iowa. It was about the kids looking down from the children's hospital next door. On this night, there would be two Iowa waves. The traditional one that happens at the end of the first quarter:
When halftime arrived, you could feel the electricity as the fans waited. UNI's marching band performed, then split into two parts, with some of the members heading to the south end zone. Then the Iowa band did the same thing, some sprinting to take their spots. Then it was time.
It was an amazing moment when Pat Green was flanked in the south end zone stands by members of the bands, with the remainder on the field. Nearly 70,000 fans, seemingly all with cell phone flashlights on, with arms outstretched and waving to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital as Pat sang 'Wave on Wave.' When I looked up and saw those families waving back, many of them with their cell lights on too, it was hard to hold back tears.
Thank you Pat Green, Iowa, and UNI for a very memorable night. And thanks to Pat for making a generous $55,000 donation to the hospital from his foundation (photo at bottom)!