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Release: Aug. 31, 1999

UI football fans asked to cooperate with 'Safe Saturday' guidelines

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 items.

• 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 disruptive devices.

• 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 all times.

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.