The rash of 60 heat-related health incidents at the University of Central Florida's football game last Saturday (18 of which led to hospitalization) has prompted a mad rush to install water fountains in the school's new stadium— built without any—in time for this Saturday's game against Memphis, the Central Florida Future reports.
The school hopes to install 10 fountains by Saturday and 40 more in the next couple of weeks. Adding to the dehydration problem, stadium officials say that they only had 28,000 bottles of water (at $3 a pop) for the 45,000 fans, the Future reports. Parched students started a Facebook group, Knights for Free Water, in protest of the water-deficient situation at the game. One student spent $20 on bottled water alone, and another attempted to ask for ice at the concession stand. "They tried to charge me $3," he said. "I didn't give in."
After all their complaining, the indignant are getting some compensation. As an "act of good faith," the athletic department will give out free bottled water to all fans entering the stadium.