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CONTACT: KIM WALL
Audiovisual Center
215 Seashore Hall Ctr.
Iowa City, IA 52242-1402
(319) 335-2539; fax (319) 335-2507

Release: Dec. 7, 2001

EDITORS: A copy of the full color artwork for publication or broadcast is available to media outlets by calling Kim Wall in the UI Audiovisual Center at 1-800-369-IOWA. He can also be contacted for other information about the buttons, interviews and shooting locations.

Photo: Alamo Bowl Button. Click here for larger image.

Alamo Bowl button goes on sale next week

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Buttons commemorating the University of Iowa football team's upcoming trip to the Alamo Bowl are expected to go on sale early next week at retail stores across the state.

On Saturday, Dec. 29 the Hawkeyes will meet the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. The bowl game marks the Hawkeyes' 15th post-season appearance in the past 20 years and the first under third-year head coach Kirk Ferentz. The Official Bowl Button sells for $3.

University of Iowa artist Jerold Best, manager of the Audiovisual Center Graphics Unit and originator of the Official Bowl Button concept, designed this year's button. The 3 1/2-inch metal button features wave-like "Iowa Hawkeyes" lettering in metallic gold, a glossy three-dimensional UI tiger hawk and the official Alamo Bowl logo. The game date and opponent are also imprinted on the button, enhancing its value as a collector's item.

The button will be available in the Iowa City/Coralville area at Iowa Book and Supply, the Iowa Memorial Union Bookstore, Paul's Discount, J.C. Penney, Walgreen's, the University Hospital Gift Shop and the Hawk Shop, as well as other retail outlets throughout Iowa.