UI outlines measures planned to combat disruptive, illegal drinking during games
Following is a list of enforcement measures University of Iowa police, in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies, are planning as part of the Think Before You Drink campaign to encourage safe, legal and responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages at Hawkeye home football games.
- Law enforcement will stop anyone who appears to be underage and in possession of alcoholic beverages. Those found to be underage will be issued a citation. If they’re a season ticket holder, they will lose their season ticket privileges for at least the remainder of the 2010 season.
- Individuals walking or driving to University property with visible, open beer, wine, hard lemonade, and other alcohol containers will be subject to citation.
- Activities resembling the distribution of alcohol similar to that found in a bar or tavern, kegs of any size, drinking games, beer bongs, or egregious overconsumption will be subject to law enforcement action. Season ticket holders who receive a citation for an open bar will lose their season ticket and, possibly, parking privileges for at least the remainder of the 2010 season.
- Law enforcement officials will look for probable cause — public urination, inability to stand or walk, combative or disruptive or destructive behavior — when considering a citation for public intoxication. Season ticket holders who receive a citation for public intoxication will lose their season ticket and, possibly, parking privileges for at least the remainder of the 2010 season.
- Intoxicated persons will be refused entry into the stadium, or if they are already in the stadium, they will be ejected and are subject to arrest. Likewise, anyone found possessing or drinking alcohol in unapproved areas of Kinnick Stadium will be ejected without refund and subject to arrest.
- Underage fans found with alcoholic beverages will be issued a citation. If they are a season ticket holder, they will lose their season ticket privileges for at least the remainder of the 2010 season.
- Consumption of alcohol is permissible in UI parking lots for the first hour after the end of the game except for the night game against Penn State, when after-game consumption is prohibited. Fans are required to leave UI parking lots two hours after the end of each home game.
- In an effort to eliminate the number of impaired vehicle operators and passengers of vehicles leaving Kinnick with open containers of alcohol, law enforcement officials will be stationed at various locations and randomly select vehicles for safety checks.
- Season ticket customers are responsible for the actions of fans to whom they give or sell their game tickets. Two offenses by their guests/customers in the same season may result in the loss of their ability to purchase season tickets and parking privileges by the season ticket customer.
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