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Release: Nov 1, 1999

Doors to open at 6:30 p.m. for Backstreet Boys concert on Nov. 2

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the Backstreet Boys concert on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at the University of Iowa Carver Hawkeye Arena.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. and end promptly at 11 p.m. To reduce traffic congestion after the concert, drivers are encouraged to park in a designated area and meet their children or others inside the arena.

Nearly 16,000 tickets have been sold to the concert, many of them to minors. The UI advises parents not to drop off minor children before the doors open to the arena at 6:30 p.m. and to escort them to an entrance of the arena.

"Traffic is expected to be congested before and after the show, so we’re suggesting people car pool as much as possible," says Kelly Soukup, assistant director of the UI Office of Student Life and advisor to UI SCOPE Productions, the group that is bringing the Backstreet Boys to Iowa City.

Parents and others who plan to pick up concert-goers following the show can park in a limited number of free parking spots in the east half of the arena commuter lot, located on Hawkins Drive, one block southwest of the arena. Those who wish to utilize this parking space should arrive no earlier than 9 p.m. and no later than 10:15 p.m. After they park, and as soon as the concert has concluded, they can enter the West entrance of the arena and meet their concertgoers in Section E, just inside the arena. Section E has been designated as an available meeting area for concert-goers and their rides. Another option is for concert-goers to meet their rides in the arena commuter lot.

The UI is providing this meeting place as a courtesy to ticket patrons and expressly disclaims any and all liability resulting from the use of this service.

The following items will not be allowed into the arena: cameras of all types, including digital cameras; audio and video recording devices; large parcels; backpacks; cans; bottles; coolers; weapons; and laser pointers. If laser pointers are found, they will be confiscated and if concert-goers refuse to turn them over, they will be required to leave the concert.

Uniformed officers and usher personnel will be available to assist concert-goers. A lost and found area will be located at the top of Section DD at the First Aid/Public Safety office.