With moderate heat expected on July 31, University of Nebraska-Lincoln officials are encouraging participants and spectators planning to attend State Games of America activities or the ceremony at Memorial Stadium to be aware of the dangers of heat and to take steps to protect themselves.
The weather looks to be mixed, but will have temperatures near 90 degrees and the wind is expected to be light. Many fans will be seated in direct sunshine, which can raise the heat index by an additional 15 degrees. Close contact with other fans raises it further.
To prevent heat illness, participants and spectators should:
• Drink lots of water. Avoid drinking liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar, which cause the loss of more body fluid. Avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
• Minimize direct contact with the sun. Try to rest often in shady areas.
• Snack regularly, rather than eating heavy meals. Consider eating light, cool, easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or salads.
• Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
• Stadium policy allows fans to bring in empty plastic water bottles.
Fans can purchase more water or refill at water fountains on the main concourses of Memorial Stadium. A large portable water supply will be located on Stadium Drive on the west side of Memorial Stadium.
The American Red Cross provides emergency medical services in the stadium and at first aid stations located in the southeast corner of field level and the northwest concourse of the stadium.
The southeast and northwest aid stations will be staffed with Lincoln Fire and Rescue paramedics and EMTs to provide advanced medical care and facilitate any necessary transfers to area hospitals. Contact emergency services by texting to 69050 with the first word in message “UNLPD” or contact Red Cross volunteers or stadium personnel.