CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0552; fax (319) 335-0558
Release: Aug. 31, 1999
UI football fans asked to cooperate with 'Safe Saturday'
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa football fans
are again being asked to cooperate in following "Safe Saturday" guidelines
in Kinnick Stadium and UI parking areas at home games this fall.
"The goal of Safe Saturday is to provide every fan
with a safe and civil environment in which to enjoy the game. To achieve that
goal, we must have everyone's cooperation," says Phillip E. Jones, UI vice
president for student services.
Because bottled water and soft drinks will be for
sale inside the stadium, no beverage cans or bottles purchased outside the
stadium will be allowed inside Kinnick. For the first game of the season on
Sept. 4, water and cups will be provided free of charge to fans at locations
in the four corners of the stadium. Paper cups will be provided at the gates
as a convenience for fans who bring bottled water to the stadium.
A brochure containing Kinnick Stadium policy was sent
to all football season ticket holders. Signs with safety information are also
posted outside Kinnick Stadium. These are the guidelines:
Only bags smaller than 18 by 12 by 9 inches will
be allowed into the stadium, and all bags will be searched at entrance
gates. People attending the games may also be subject to searches for banned
The following items are not allowed inside the
stadium: alcoholic beverages, botas, coolers, canned and bottled beverages
purchased outside of the stadium, thermos containers larger than 32 ounces,
banners, seat backs, noisemakers, horns, bugles, video cameras, and all other
Smoking is prohibited in seating areas, concourses,
rest rooms and the press box of Kinnick Stadium. Smoking is allowed only
in the four marked open-air corners of the stadium.
All people attending the game are encouraged to
remain in the stadium to enjoy the halftime activities. Re-entry passes
will be available only during halftime. Those leaving the stadium at other
times will not be provided a pass for re-entry. To encourage fans to remain
in the stadium during halftime, the concourse area around the stadium
has been expanded. Additional concession stands and portable toilets are
located in those areas.
No objects may be thrown from or in the stands.
No body passing is permitted in the stands.
No beer trucks, kegs, or open bars are permitted
in UI parking lots and ramps. Beer and wine may be consumed in UI parking
lots and ramps, except for Lot 14 at the corner of Melrose and South Grand
avenues, which is an alcohol-free lot. No hard liquor may be consumed in any
UI parking lots or ramps.
No grills, open fires or amplified sound are permitted
in UI parking ramps.
Fans are urged to stay off the playing field at
As in past years, individuals who violate stadium
policies, present a safety threat, or are disruptive may be removed from the
stadium and may be subject to arrest. Disruptive UI students
may also be disciplined under the provisions of the Code
of Student Life. In particular, students found guilty of throwing objects
may face suspension or expulsion from the university.
UI students must display their UI photo ID in order
to use student tickets. Because student tickets are offered at a special discount,
only registered UI students may use them.
Public safety officers will respond to complaints
about unsafe and/or disruptive behavior.