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Iowa City IA 52242
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UI offers travel and parking tips for Hawkeye football fans
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Fans traveling to Iowa City for University of Iowa
football games will again face the prospect of possible delays due to road
Fans approaching Iowa City from the west on Interstate 80 may be slowed
for construction areas near Williamsburg, where traffic is down to one
lane in each direction for about six miles. Roadwork is also continuing
just east of the I-80 interchange with I-380 near Coralville.
Those coming from the east on I-80 may face minor delays in two areas:
between I-80 interchanges with U.S. 61 and I-74 in north Davenport, and
near the Stockton interchange in western Scott County.
Fortunately, road and bridge work on Melrose Avenue near Kinnick Stadium
should be completed by the time of this season's opening game, Sept. 6,
with the University of Northern Iowa.
Charles Green, UI public safety director, offers these tips for getting
into Iowa City:
* I-80 westbound, use exits 244 (Dubuque Street) or 246 (Dodge Street).
After the first two games, fans should avoid the Dubuque Street exit because
of road work scheduled to start Sept. 15.
* I-80 eastbound, use Highway 218 South or exit 242 (First Avenue in
Coralville). Motorists should avoid exit 240 (Highway 965) because of road
construction work in that area.
* If you are traveling to Iowa City from the south on Highway 218, you
can use either the Riverside Drive exit or the Melrose Avenue exit. Those
who exit at Riverside Drive should proceed north to Grand Avenue, which
leads past the UI Field House and to Melrose Avenue on the east side of
* Follow DOT "Football Stadium Exit" signs along all routes.
Fans can avoid the congested traffic near the stadium by parking at
any of three municipal parking ramps in downtown Iowa City or parking on
the east side of Iowa City and using municipal buses to reach downtown.
There is a fee of 75 cents per person for Iowa City buses.
Beginning 90 minutes before gametime, free UI Cambus service will shuttle
fans from the downtown Pentacrest and from Hancher Auditorium parking lots
to the stadium area, starting two hours before the game. The return pickup
point is at the bus loop located north of the UI Hospital School on Newton
UI parking areas will be open at 7 a.m. and traffic control will continue
for two hours after the game, Green says. Beer trucks, kegs and open bars
are not permitted in any UI parking areas. Amplified sound, cooking fires
and grills are not permitted in UI parking ramps.
Here's a list of parking places available on university-owned property:
* Free parking for autos is available at Hancher Auditorium (Park Road
and North Riverside), the UI Softball Complex (Mormon Trek Road and U.S.
6), and at the university-owned parking lot south of Burlington Street
at Madison and Prentiss streets (behind the building housing the Johnson
County Jail and the Johnson County Sheriff's Office).
* There will be a $5 charge for automobiles to park at the Finkbine
Golf Course on Melrose Avenue. Golf course parking is subject to weather
* Recreational vehicles may park at the Finkbine commuter parking lot
on Hawkins Drive. There is a $10 charge for RV parking.
* Public parking is permitted at the UI Main Library lot on football
Saturdays. The charge is 40 cents per hour.
* Public parking is also available at the IMU Parking Ramp and the North
Campus Parking Ramp. The charge for those ramps is 60 cents per hour.
* Parking for people with disabilities will be reserved in Hospital
Ramp II until 30 minutes before kickoff. The charge for UI ramp parking
near the stadium is $5 per vehicle.
* There is space for 2,000 cars in UI surface lots near the stadium,
weather permitting. The charge is $5 per vehicle.
The pedestrian passageway through UI Hospitals and Clinics will be closed
to football fans. For safety reasons, the street north of Kinnick Stadium
will be closed to vehicles when pre-game pedestrian traffic becomes heavy.