CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
100 Jessup Hall
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0552; fax (319) 335-0558
Release: Aug. 27, 2001
UI offers travel, parking tips for Hawkeye football fans
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa is offering Hawkeye football fans
traveling to the Sept. 1 home game some travel and parking tips for the Iowa
Road construction is taking place at the intersection of First Avenue and
Highway 6 in Coralville, but officials expect First Avenue to be open between
Highway 6 and Interstate 80 by the day of the game. However, the street south
of Highway 6 at that intersection -- Mormon Trek -- will be closed.
Routes for getting to Kinnick Stadium include:
-- I-80 westbound, use Interchanges 246 (Dodge Street in Iowa City), 244
(Dubuque Street, Iowa City) or 242 (First Avenue in Coralville).
-- I-80 eastbound, take Highway 218 south and exit at Melrose Avenue or use
I-80 Interchange 242 (First Avenue in Coralville).
-- From the south on Highway 218, use either the Riverside Drive exit or
the Melrose Avenue exit.
-- Follow Department of Transportation "Football Stadium Exit"
signs along all routes.
Fans can avoid the congested traffic near the stadium by parking at any of
three municipal parking ramps in downtown Iowa City or parking on the east
side of Iowa City and using municipal buses to reach downtown. Iowa City buses
charge a fare of 75 cents.
Beginning 90 minutes before gametime, free UI Cambus service will shuttle
fans from the downtown Pentacrest and from Hancher Auditorium parking lots
to the stadium area. The return pickup point is at the bus loop located north
of the Center for Disabilities and Development (formerly known as the UI Hospital
School) on Newton Road. Riders can catch regular Cambuses after the game at
the Veterans Administration Hospital, the Center for Disabilities and Development
loop, or Slater Hall. Buses will not have access to the Hospital Ramp 2 stop
immediately after the game, as that portion of Hawkins Drive will be closed
to traffic for one hour after the game.
UI parking areas will be open at 7 a.m., and traffic control will continue
for two hours after the game. Beer trucks, kegs and open bars are not permitted
in any UI parking areas. Amplified sound, cooking fires and grills are not
permitted in UI parking ramps. Beer and wine are allowed in UI parking areas,
except for Lot 14 at the corner of Melrose and South Grand Avenues. That lot
is alcohol-free. No hard liquor is allowed in any UI parking areas.
Following is a list of parking places available on university-owned property:
-- Free parking for autos is available at Hancher Auditorium (Park Road
and North Riverside Drive), and at the parking lot south of Burlington Street
at Madison and Prentiss Streets (behind the Johnson County Jail).
-- $5 parking for automobiles is available at the surface parking lots near
Kinnick Stadium and at Finkbine Golf Course (Melrose Avenue), weather permitting.
-- Recreational vehicles may park at the Finkbine commuter parking lot on
Hawkins Drive. There is a $10 charge.
-- Public parking is permitted at the UI Main Library lot on football Saturdays.
The charge is 50 cents per hour.
-- Parking is also available at the Iowa Memorial Union Parking Ramp and
the North Campus Parking Ramp. The charge for those ramps is 60 cents per
-- Parking for people with disabilities will be reserved in Hospital Ramp
No. 2 until 30 minutes before kickoff. The charge for UI ramp parking near
the stadium is $5 per vehicle.
The pedestrian passageway through UI Hospitals and Clinics will be closed
to football fans. For safety reasons, Stadium Drive north of Kinnick Stadium
will be closed to vehicles when pre-game pedestrian traffic becomes heavy.