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Release: Sept. 24, 2001

New security measures enacted at Kinnick Stadium

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- In the interest of protecting the general public, security measures at Kinnick Stadium throughout the remaining University of Iowa home football games will be increased, beginning with the UI vs. Penn State game 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.

The UI Department of Public Safety announced today that game-goers will be prohibited from bringing thermos containers, backpacks and other types of bags into the stadium. These items were previously allowed.

Under the new safety rules, only items fitting the following description will be allowed: foam seat cushions, sealed water bottles, blankets, cameras and binoculars. Blankets, cameras, binoculars and their cases, as well as purses, will be subject to examination, however.

In accordance with Federal Aviation Administrations requirements, a no-fly zone within a three-mile radius of and an altitude of 3,000 feet above the stadium will be enforced, says Chuck Green, director of UI Public Safety. This measure is consistent with security steps recently taken by the National Football League and other university teams across the nation.

The UI Athletic Department and UI Public Safety also announced that patrons will not be permitted to exit and re-enter Kinnick Stadium once the football game has begun. (No "pass-out" stamps or passes will be provided).

"We have conducted a thorough review of our stadium and security policies, and examined the protocol used at other venues nationwide, and have determined that these adjustments help us achieve the objective of ensuring as safe an environment as feasible for all participants in our intercollegiate athletics program including spectators attending events staged in our facilities," said UI Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby.

"Our suggestions to the friends and fans who plan to attend this Saturday's game and the remaining three games on our home football schedule are to begin their walk to the stadium a little earlier than in the past and to honor the instructions to leave the disallowed items at home or in their vehicle," Bowlsby added.

The UI Athletic Department in coordination with UI Parking also announced that vehicles parked in lots west of Kinnick Stadium (Lot 43) after midnight on Friday of a home football game week are subject to towing if the applicable football parking placard is not properly displayed.