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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 27, 2004

Ferentz Asks Fans To Help Make Hawks No. 1 On Field, In Stands

The head coach of the University of Iowa football team is asking Hawkeye fans to cooperate in following safety and sportsmanship guidelines in Kinnick Stadium and UI parking areas at home games.

"We want everyone to enjoy the game and cheer on the Hawks, but we also want to provide every fan with a safe environment in which to enjoy the game," says Kirk Ferentz.

"It would be great if all of our fans would observe the Big Ten Fans Creed," Ferentz added. "Wear school colors with pride, cheer at the top of your lungs; sing our school song off-key; respect conference traditions; support our team, win or lose; and treat our visitors with respect.

"We also ask that all fans show their sportsmanship before and after the game by respecting the private property of people living in the Kinnick neighborhood," the Hawkeye head coach concluded.

All fans should be aware of two rules that will be enforced this year by University of Iowa Police and other law enforcement personnel.

First, state law prohibits hard liquor consumption or possession of an opened bottle of hard liquor on public property, including UI parking lots. People caught violating the law will be required to empty their bottle or bottles and will be issued a citation.

Second, anyone in possession of open containers of beer, wine and hard liquor on the sidewalks on the way to Kinnick Stadium will be subject to being issued a citation and having the beverage confiscated.

Fans are also encouraged to remember Iowa's law, under which a blood alcohol content of .08 percent is considered presumptive of guilt in cases of driving while intoxicated.

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.

For a complete list of safety guidelines, visit

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000.

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