Oct. 7, 2009
RELATED RELEASE: To read a related news release on "Safe Saturday" guidelines in Kinnick Stadium, see http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2009/october/10709footballfanssafe.html.
Stadium, parking, hospital guidelines issued for UI-Michigan football game
No post-game tailgating or alcohol consumption will be permitted on University of Iowa property following Saturday night's game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Michigan Wolverines, including in UI parking lots.
That's just one of several guidelines and suggestions issued for the game, which gets underway just after 7 p.m. and will be televised nationally on ABC.
A sellout crowd of 70,585 fans is expected for the game. All gates to Kinnick Stadium will open 90 minutes prior to kickoff.
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, located just east of Kinnick, will apply its access control policy from 9 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Sunday to ensure a safe and appropriate health care environment for patients, visitors, and staff during the football game. During this time, all remote access doors to the hospital will be locked and only patients, persons visiting patients, and staff will be allowed access through the hospital's main entrance.
Safety and security officers will screen everyone requesting entry at the main entrance. Faculty and staff will gain entry by using their identification badges to unlock remote access doors or being screened through the main entrance.
Anyone planning a trip to UI Hospitals and Clinics before, during, or after the game should allow plenty of time and use Hawkins Drive to access the main entrance. Hospital Ramps 1 and 2 are reserved for patient and visitor parking.
Football parking is permitted in UI parking lots after 7 p.m. Friday. Fans tailgating Friday night on public property are reminded that the possession of an open container of beer or wine or the consumption of hard liquor is prohibited by law.
Additional UI parking lots, the grass lot at Finkbine Golf Course, the UI Softball Complex and the lot east of Cretzmeyer track will open at 7 a.m. Saturday.
To avoid parking problems close to Kinnick, fans are encouraged to ride the Hawkeye Express train to the stadium. The train will begin operation at 3 p.m. Saturday and post-game service begins at the start of the fourth quarter and runs for 90 minutes following the game. Parking is free and round-trip service costs $10 per person with children under 12 riding free. Patrons can park and board south of U.S. Highway 6, just south of the Coral Ridge Mall.
UI officials remind student ticket holders that they may enter the stadium through any gate at Kinnick after displaying their ticket and student ID card.
To help reduce lines and speed up entry into the stadium, officials remind fans that only small purses and handbags (8.5 x 11 inches maximum), fanny packs, binocular cases, blankets and seat cushions will be allowed into Kinnick Stadium. All items will be searched. All persons attending the games are subject to search. The university reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone.
For the most up-to-date information about game day, visit http://www.hawkeyesports.com.
For more information about game-day parking, visit http://www.uifootballparking.com.
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500
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