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Release: Aug. 27, 2001

UI football fans are asked to cooperate with ‘Safe Saturday’ guidelines

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa football fans are being asked again this fall to cooperate in following “Safe Saturday” guidelines in Kinnick Stadium and UI parking areas at home games.

“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.

Soft drinks will be sold inside the stadium, and water will be provided free of charge at locations in the four corners of the stadium for early season, warm-weather games. Otherwise, only clear plastic, sealed water bottles will be allowed in the stadium. No beverage cans or bottles purchased outside the stadium will be allowed.

UI officials also want to remind fans that only passenger vehicles will be allowed in Lot 6, just south of the Field House. Panel trucks and rental trucks are prohibited. People who violate that prohibition may have their vehicle towed.

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, personal seat backs, noisemakers, horns, bugles, and all other disruptive devices.

-- Smoking is prohibited in all areas inside Kinnick Stadium, including concourses, rest rooms and the press box. 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 are allowed on UI property, including parking lots and ramps, but only on the morning of the game until the conclusion of the game. The exception is Parking Lot14, at the corner of Melrose and South Grand Avenues, which is an alcohol-free tailgate area.

-- Hard liquor is never allowed on UI property, including 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.