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Release: Sept. 5, 2000

UI football fans are 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 (plastic or glass) purchased outside the stadium will be allowed inside Kinnick. For the first game of the season on Sept. 9 and the second game on Sept. 16, 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 new regulation this year applies to Lot 6 where only passenger vehicles will be allowed; panel trucks and rental trucks are prohibited. Violators to these regulations are subject to tow.

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. Fans can remain in the concourse area around the stadium, where additional concession stands and portable toilets are located.

-- No objects may be thrown from or in the stands.

-- No body passing is permitted in the stands.

-- 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.

-- 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.

-- 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.

The UI also has the following rules about the possession and use of alcohol in areas used for parking, parties and tailgate activities:

-- 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 one under the age of 21, nor anyone of legal age who is obviously intoxicated, is allowed to consume alcoholic beverages.

-- No alcoholic beverages may be sold, or donations solicited to pay for alcoholic beverages.

-- Inebriated people will not be admitted to Kinnick Stadium for the game. Alcohol and its consumption are not allowed in the stadium. Those in violation face ejection and possible criminal prosecution and/or student disciplinary actions.

UI officials also encourage fans to use alcohol responsibly. They suggest having plenty of non-alcoholic beverages available, and serve adequate food to reduce the effects of alcohol. Select a designated driver or stop serving and consuming alcohol several hours before attempting to drive.