CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
101 Jessup Hall
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0552; fax (319) 335-0558
Release: Aug. 27, 2002
UI football fans are asked to cooperate with new 'Safe Saturday' guidelines
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.
One important change in the rules this year prohibits re-entry into Kinnick
Stadium at anytime during the game. Fans who leave the stadium at half-time
or any other time will not be allowed to re-enter. Another change is that
student ticket holders will be admitted only through two gates: Gate 3 and
the Northwest Gate. There will be no exceptions. Students entering Kinnick
will have their hands stamped upon entry and will be required to display the
hand stamp and ticket stub when entering Sections G, H and J of Kinnick Stadium.
Hard liquor has always been prohibited on University property. This year,
fans seen in possession containers of hard liquor will be requested by officers
to pour it out, officials say. Officials are also requesting that all beverages
consumed in the parking lots and other University areas be in plastic or paper
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 other beverage cans or bottles purchased outside
the stadium will be allowed.
Only passenger vehicles will be allowed in Lot 6, just south of the Field
House. Panel trucks and rental trucks are prohibited. Vehicles in violation
will be 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 small purses, fanny packs, binocular cases, blankets, and seat
cushions will be allowed into Kinnick Stadium. All items will be searched
at specific entrance gates. People attending the games are subject to search
and the University reserves the right to refuse entry.
-- The following items are not allowed inside the stadium: bags of any
size, alcoholic beverages, botas, all coolers, canned and bottled beverages
purchased outside of the stadium except sealed clear plastic water bottles,
thermoses, kegs, backpacks, banners and signs, large lens cameras,
tripods, personal seat backs, strollers, noisemakers, horns, bugles, and
all other disruptive devices. Admission will be denied anyone carrying such
-- 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.
-- Patrons will not be permitted to exit and re-enter Kinnick Stadium.
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
-- 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. Student ticket customers will be admitted
into Kinnick Stadium only through Gate 3 and the Northwest Gate. There will
be no exceptions. Students entering Kinnick will have their hands stamped
upon entry and will be required to display the hand stamp and ticket stub
when entering Sections G, H and J of Kinnick Stadium.
-- Police officers will respond to complaints about unsafe and/or disruptive
-- 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.
Following are the rules regarding the possession and use of alcohol in University
areas used for parking, parties, and tailgate activities:
-- No beer trucks, kegs, or open bars are permitted in UI parking lots
-- 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, and the new Rally Alley on the southwest corner of the tennis courts,
which are alcohol-free areas.
-- Hard liquor is never allowed on UI property, including parking lots
-- All beverages consumed in the parking lots should be in paper or plastic
drinking cups for safety, officials say.
-- 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
-- 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
UI officials urge 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.