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University of Iowa News Release


Aug. 30, 2011

New express lanes mean faster entrance for Kinnick fans

Four new express lanes have been established to speed entry into Kinnick Stadium for University of Iowa football games this fall. The express entrances are for fans who bring nothing to the game but their tickets.

All other fans must enter at regular gates, where their purses, which must be 8.5 by 11 inches or smaller, will be checked for prohibited items. Likewise, fans will be asked to prove that they have no prohibited items in pockets and jackets.

The express lanes will be located at Gates C, G, I and M. All entrance gates will open 90 minutes before kickoff.

For those who bring large purses to the game, the UI will offer a check service in the UI Recreation Building, located directly northwest of the stadium. The check service cannot accommodate items larger than purses, such as coolers and chairs.

In another change in stadium entrance practices, on the east side of the stadium, only Gate K will be open. That gate's area will be expanded to allow queuing on the sidewalk to keep fans off Hawkins Drive for safety.

In another change in safety guidelines, fans will be allowed to bring only one sealed bottle of up to 32 ounces of commercially-produced water into the stadium. Previously, fans were allowed two 16-ounces bottles.

Only small purses (8.5 by 11 inches or less), fanny packs, binocular cases, blankets and seat cushions will be allowed into the stadium. Patrons with infants may bring a diaper bag. They may also bring their own food in one-gallon clear plastic bags. All allowable items must be taken through search lanes. In some instances, fans may be required to prove that they are not bringing in contraband. Fans who wish to enter the stadium quickly are urged to leave purses and other allowable items at home.

The following items may not be taken into the stadium: weapons of any kind, including firearms, knives, fireworks or explosives; tools, bags of any size, alcoholic beverages, all coolers, canned and bottled beverages purchased outside of the stadium (except one sealed plastic water bottle of up to 32 ounces per customer), thermoses, kegs, backpacks, hydration backpack, banner and signs, large lens cameras, tripods, personal seat backs, strollers, noisemakers, horns, bugles and all other disruptive devices. These items should be left at home, in a vehicle or checked at the UI Recreational Building. Admission will be denied to anyone carrying any such items. The UI Athletics Department is not responsible for items placed in the checked area or left at gates.

Here are some other safety guidelines of particular importance:

- Football fans will not be allowed to pass through UI Hospitals and Clinics on their way to or from the game.

- Inebriated people will not be admitted to and may be ejected from Kinnick Stadium.

- With the exception of areas covered by the UI liquor license, alcohol possession and consumption are not allowed within Kinnick Stadium. Violators of this policy will be ejected from the stadium and will be subject to prosecution and student discipline, as applicable. 

- The UI is a smoke-free campus. Moreover, Iowa law prohibits smoking inside or around Kinnick Stadium.  

- Patrons will not be permitted to exit and re-enter Kinnick Stadium. Fans can remain in the concourse area around the stadium, and at halftime in the Krause Family Plaza, which is available through Gate A.

For a complete listing of safety guidelines and rules concerning consumption of alcoholic beverages, see

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