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Release: Dec. 13, 2002

Official Hawkeye bowl buttons are now available

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The official bowl button commemorating the University of Iowa football team's appearance in the Orange Bowl is now on sale at retail stores across the state. This year's 3-1/2 inch metal button features Iowa's tiger hawk logo rendered in the skin of an orange. The button also includes the FedEx Orange Bowl logo, the game date, and the opponent's name, enhancing its value as a collector's item. The official bowl button sells for $3.

"I wanted to create a button that would identify an Iowa fan from 20 yards," says designer Jerold Best, manager of UI's Audiovisual Center Graphics Unit and originator of the official bowl button concept 20 years ago. "I think the fans are going to have fun wearing this in Iowa and Miami."

Iowa's Orange Bowl invitation marks the Hawkeyes' 16th post-season appearance in the last 21 years and the second under four-year head coach Kirk Ferentz. An official bowl button has been designed for each of those games.

The button is available now in the Iowa City/Coralville area at Iowa Book and Supply, IMU Bookstore, the Hawk Shop, Paul's Discount, Walgreen's, Drug Town, Hy-Vee, Universi Tees, Lorenz Boot Shop, and UIHC Gift Shop. Drug Towns in Cedar Rapids also carry the button as do stores from Primghar to Coon Rapids.

A copy of the full color artwork for publication or broadcast is available to media outlets. For more information, interviews, and shooting locations call Kim Wall, Audiovisual Center Director, at 1-800-369-IOWA.