AMES — Iowa State held a moment of silence before Saturday’s football game at Jack Trice Staidum to honor slain former golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena.
Barquin Arozamena’s favorite color was yellow, so Jack Trice was packed with 55,000 fans, most wearing yellow in an impromptu yellow-out. The marching band also spelled out her initials, CBA before the game and coach Matt Campbell wore an Iowa State golf hat with a yellow ribbon on the side of it.
“Our fan base today, even before the game, the tribute to Celia, the emotion in that stadium — our fans are the best in the country,” Campbell said. “A really tough week. An emotional week in Ames, Iowa, and to be quite honest with you, you hope a little bit of today starts the healing process. We’ve got the best fans in the country and quite honestly it was a very interesting week in a lot of ways terms of watching this community rally around each other.
“I’ve said this, quite honestly when we went up to Marshalltown this summer, one of the things that makes it really special to be an Iowan is how these communities rally around each other and stand together. So, I thought a really impactful day and obviously the game being a little bit of the second part of really today in a lot of ways.”
Both teams were out on the field before the game to honor her. Campbell tried to prepare his team for the moment of silence.
But it’s hard to prepare people for a moment like that.
“That was a quiet place for a second,” quarterback Zeb Noland said with a touch of disbelief in his voice. “It just brought it all to realization for us on the football team. When the moment of silence came it was truly eye-opening.”
Campbell has never been one to have his team shy away from real-world problems.
“Coach talked about it Monday when we got the news,” receiver Hakeem Butler said. “Coach never shies away from things like that. He wants to talk about things like that because it’s real-world issues and he’s not trying to build us just as football players, but build us as men and get us ready for the real world. That was a real-world thing that happened.
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“For Celia, for that to happen in Ames — that’s tough. I’m happy we got to do it and honor her — I’m sorry that things happen like that and it had to be that way.”
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