CONTACT: MARY ABBOUD-KAMPS
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0058; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Nov 1, 1999
Doors to open at 6:30 p.m. for Backstreet Boys concert
on Nov. 2
IOWA CITY, Iowa Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for
the Backstreet Boys concert on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at the University of Iowa Carver
The concert will begin at 8 p.m. and end promptly
at 11 p.m. To reduce traffic congestion after the concert, drivers are encouraged
to park in a designated area and meet their children or others inside the
Nearly 16,000 tickets have been sold to the concert,
many of them to minors. The UI advises parents not to drop off minor children
before the doors open to the arena at 6:30 p.m. and to escort them to an entrance
of the arena.
"Traffic is expected to be congested before and
after the show, so were suggesting people car pool as much as possible,"
says Kelly Soukup, assistant director of the UI Office of Student Life and
advisor to UI SCOPE Productions, the group that is bringing the Backstreet
Boys to Iowa City.
Parents and others who plan to pick up concert-goers
following the show can park in a limited number of free parking spots in the
east half of the arena commuter lot, located on Hawkins Drive, one block southwest
of the arena. Those who wish to utilize this parking space should arrive no
earlier than 9 p.m. and no later than 10:15 p.m. After they park, and as soon
as the concert has concluded, they can enter the West entrance of the arena
and meet their concertgoers in Section E, just inside the arena. Section E
has been designated as an available meeting area for concert-goers and their
rides. Another option is for concert-goers to meet their rides in the arena
The UI is providing this meeting place as a courtesy
to ticket patrons and expressly disclaims any and all liability resulting
from the use of this service.
The following items will not be allowed into the arena:
cameras of all types, including digital cameras; audio and video recording
devices; large parcels; backpacks; cans; bottles; coolers; weapons; and laser
pointers. If laser pointers are found, they will be confiscated and if concert-goers
refuse to turn them over, they will be required to leave the concert.
Uniformed officers and usher personnel will be available
to assist concert-goers. A lost and found area will be located at the top
of Section DD at the First Aid/Public Safety office.