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Release: Sept. 5, 2000

UI offers travel and parking tips for Hawkeye football fans

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa is offering Hawkeye football fans traveling to the Sept. 9 home game some travel and parking tips for the Iowa City area.

Routes for getting to Kinnick Stadium include:

-- I-80 westbound, use Interchanges 246 (Dodge Street in Iowa City), 244 (Dubuque Street, Iowa City) or 242 (First Avenue in Coralville).

-- I-80 eastbound, take Highway 218 south and exit at Melrose Avenue or use I-80 Interchange 242 (First Avenue in Coralville).

-- From the south on Highway 218, use either the Riverside Drive exit or the Melrose Avenue exit.

-- Follow DOT "Football Stadium Exit" signs along all routes.

Local construction in Iowa City includes:

-- Mormon Trek Boulevard from Hwy. 6 to Abbey Lane is being widened from two to four lanes, but two single lanes in both directions remain open.

-- At the I-80 exit for Hwy. 1/Dodge Street, traffic lanes are narrowed to at least one lane in both directions at the bridge over I-80. Motorists are urged to use extra caution when driving in the construction areas.

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. The return pickup point is at the bus loop located north of the UI Hospital School on Newton Road. However, buses will not have access to the Hospital Ramp 2 stop immediately after the game, as that portion of Hawkins Drive will be closed to traffic for one hour after the game. Riders can catch a Cambus after the game at the Veterans Administration Hospital, the Hospital School loop, or Slater Hall.

UI parking areas will be open at 7 a.m., and traffic control will continue for two hours after the game. 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. Beer and wine are allowed in UI parking areas, except for Lot 14 at the corner of Melrose and South Grand Avenues. That lot is alcohol-free. No hard liquor is allowed in any UI parking areas.

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), 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).

-- Automobile parking is available at Finkbine Golf Course on Melrose Avenue and the UI Softball Complex (Mormon Trek Road and Hwy. 6). The parking fee is $5. Golf course parking is subject to weather conditions.

-- 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 No. 2 until 30 minutes before kickoff. The charge for UI ramp parking near the stadium is $5 per vehicle.

-- Surface parking lots near Kinnick Stadium have space for 2,000, 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, Stadium Drive north of Kinnick Stadium will be closed to vehicles when pre-game pedestrian traffic becomes heavy.