Aug. 19, 2010
UI leaders update tailgating rules
After receiving feedback from Iowa Hawkeye football fans, University of Iowa officials today issued a clarification about the new initiative aimed at making the game-day experience exciting and safe for all fans.
The announcement of the "Think Before You Drink. Before the Game. During the Game. After the Game." effort on Monday, Aug. 16, included information about the consumption of alcohol and other tailgating activities following Iowa football games. UI leaders told reporters that alcohol consumption in UI-owned parking lots and ramps must cease one hour after the end of the game and all tailgating activities must conclude two hours after the game ends.
Following the announcement, Hawkeye fans requested more clarity about what constitutes "the end of the game." Today, UI leaders responded by explaining that the point in time at which the seating area in Kinnick Stadium is substantially empty of fans will be considered the end of the game.
"As I said earlier, our fans are the best in the nation and their feedback makes it clear that while they support the new initiative overall, they have some concerns about postgame tailgating. Again, the goal is to reduce extreme behavior involving alcohol and to help us make the Hawkeye tailgating experience even better," said Gary Barta, UI athletic director. "We will continue to monitor how these new guidelines are working and I fully expect that this campaign will be a work in progress that will evolve over the course of time."
Law enforcement officers report that in past seasons, the vast majority of Hawkeye fans usually left their tailgating spots within two hours after the stadium's seating area is mostly empty.
"We remain committed to reminding fans to cease drinking alcohol one hour after the Kinnick seating area is largely empty and to conclude all other tailgating activities two hours after the stadium's seating area is substantially cleared out," said Chuck Green, assistant vice president and director of the UI Department of Public Safety. "This time limit will help protect the health and safety of Iowans and should not affect the Game Day experiences of the vast majority of our fans."
The lone exception to the limit on post-game tailgating will be the night game with Penn State University on Oct. 2, when no tailgating activities of any kind will be permitted following the conclusion of that game.
More information about the Think Before You Drink campaign can be found at http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2010/august/081610think-before-you-drink.html.
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