Aug. 30, 2011
Hawkeye fans offered game day parking alternatives, recommendations
Hawkeye fans can avoid traffic congestion and a shortage of parking near Kinnick Stadium by taking advantage of other parking facilities in the area or by using free shuttles, public transportation or by walking to games.
If you're traveling to the game from outside of Iowa City, allow extra time for construction on Interstate 80 between Iowa City and Coralville. Additional information about highway construction in eastern Iowa is available at the Iowa Department of Transportation website, http://www.511ia.org/.
New for this season: Fans should note the changes in fees for UI-owned lots. In addition, the Myrtle Avenue parking lot is closed to the public. That lot is now reserved for those who make financial contributions to the National I-Club.
Fans can take advantage of several parking alternatives:
- Downtown Iowa City parking ramps are only a short walk from the Pentacrest, where fans can catch the free Cambus "Athletic Event" shuttles to Kinnick.
- Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville offers free parking and close proximity to the Hawkeye Express Train Depot. Free Hawkeye Express parking is also available minutes off of Interstate 80 near the IHOP restaurant. The train begins transporting fans three hours before game time and resumes at the end of the third quarter until 90 minutes after the game end. Round-trip tickets are $10 and children age 12 and under ride free.
- Free parking for autos is available at Hancher Auditorium (Park Road and North Riverside Drive), the Athletics Hall of Fame Lot at the corner of Melrose and Mormon Trek Boulevard, and the Hawkeye Commuter Parking Lot on Hawkeye Park Road, just off of Mormon Trek or Melrose Avenue.
Beginning two hours before game time, the free Cambus "Athletic Event" service will shuttle fans from the Hancher, west campus Hawkeye Commuter and Hall of Fame parking lots to locations near the stadium. The shuttles will also operate for 30 minutes after the game, taking riders back to their lots.
Riders can also catch regular Cambuses after the game at the Veterans Administration Hospital Loop on Newton Road. Fans who parked at the Hawkeye Lot can pick up a return bus on Elliot Drive next to Carver Hawkeye Arena. Buses will not have access to the bus stop at Hospital Ramp 2 immediately after the game, as that portion of Hawkins Drive will be closed to traffic for one hour after the game.
These are the new fees for UI-owned parking lots:
- Public parking on football Saturdays is permitted at the Iowa Memorial Union Parking Ramp and the North Campus Parking Ramp for $1 per hour, and at the Main Library Lot for 65 cents per hour.
- $20 parking for cars is available on the west campus at Hospital Ramp No. 4, the Finkbine Commuter Parking Lot (Hawkins Drive), the Finkbine Golf Course grass driving range (weather permitting), Lower Finkbine Lot and the Softball Complex Lot. $20 parking for the entire day on football Saturdays is also available at Lot 11, behind the Johnson County Courthouse and Jail.
- Recreational vehicles may park at the Hawkeye Commuter Lot, the Hall of Fame Lot, the Softball Complex Lot and the Lower Finkbine Lot. Only RVs with a pre-paid pass may park on the hard surface-only lot at the Finkbine Golf Course. There is a $40 charge for RVs and an $80 charge for cruiser buses.
For complete football parking information, visit http://www.hawkeyesports.com/gameday/parking-2011.html.
For complete "Think Before You Drink" policies, see http://www.hawkeyesports.com/gameday/Football-Think.html.
For related news releases, visit http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2011/august/083011Sportsmanship_Agreement.html
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