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Release: Aug. 27, 2002

UI offers travel, parking tips for Hawkeye football fans

The University of Iowa is offering Hawkeye football fans traveling to the Aug. 31 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 Department of Transportation "Football Stadium Exit" signs along all routes.

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. Iowa City buses charge a fare of 75 cents.

Beginning 90 minutes before game time, free UI Cambus service will shuttle fans from the downtown Pentacrest and from Hancher Auditorium parking lots to the stadium area. The service will not be available from Hancher for the Oct. 12 game because of a performance in the auditorium. The return pickup point is at the bus loop located north of the Center for Disabilities and Development (formerly known as the UI Hospital School) on Newton Road. Riders can catch regular Cambuses after the game at the Veterans Administration Hospital, the Center for Disabilities and Development loop, or Slater Hall. 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.

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. Fans seen in possession of containers of hard liquor will be required by officers to pour it out, officials say

Following is a list of parking places available on university-owned property:

-- Free parking for autos is available at Hancher Auditorium (Park Road and North Riverside Drive), the Myrtle Avenue lot, the parking lot south of Burlington Street at Madison and Prentiss Streets (behind the Johnson County Jail), and the Athletics Hall of Fame lot at the corner of Melrose and Mormon Trek Blvd..

-- $5 parking for automobiles is available at the surface parking lots near Kinnick Stadium and at Finkbine Golf Course (Melrose Avenue), weather permitting.

-- Recreational vehicles may park at the Finkbine commuter parking lot on Hawkins Drive. There is a $10 charge.

-- Public parking on football Saturdays is permitted at the UI Main Library lot, the Iowa Memorial Union Parking Ramp, and the North Campus Parking Ramp. The charge is 75 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.

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.