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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 26, 2003

UI Offers Travel, Parking Tips For Hawkeye Football Fans

The University of Iowa is offering Hawkeye football fans traveling to the Aug. 30 home game some travel and parking tips for the Iowa City area. Get on the road early, UI officials urge.

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 four 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 game time, free UI Cambus "Athletic Event "service will shuttle fans from the downtown Pentacrest and from Hancher Auditorium parking lots to the bus loop on Newton Road next to the Hardin Library. (The service will not be available from Hancher for the Sept. 20 game because of a performance in the auditorium.) The bus loop at that location is also the pickup point for postgame rides back to Hancher and the Pentacrest. Riders can catch regular Cambuses after the game at the Veterans Administration Hospital on Newton Road, at the Center for Disabilities and Development loop, or at 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. Fans seen in possession of containers of hard liquor will be required by officers to pour it out, officials say.

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), the Myrtle Avenue lot, Lots 11 and 64, located south of Burlington Street at Madison and Prentiss Streets (behind the Johnson County Jail); and the Athletics Hall of Fame lot at the corner of Melrose and Mormon Trek Blvd.

-- $10 parking for automobiles is available at the Finkbine commuter parking lot (Hawkins Drive), at the Dental Science Building just east of Carver Hawkeye Arena, and at Finkbine Golf Course (Melrose Avenue), weather permitting.

-- Recreational vehicles may park at the Finkbine commuter parking. (A limited number of RV spots are also available at the Finkbine Golf Course.) There is a $20 charge for recreational vehicles and a $30 charge for cruiser buses. Overnight parking is allowed after 4:30 p.m. on Fridays at the Hawkeye Commuter Lot on Hawkeye Park Road near Iowa City West High School and at Lots 11 and 64, south of Burlington Street at Madison and Prentiss streets.

-- Public parking on football Saturdays is permitted at the Iowa Memorial Union Parking Ramp and the North Campus Parking Ramp. The charge is 75 cents per hour.

-- Parking for people with disabilities will be reserved in Hospital Ramp No. 2 until 30 minutes before kickoff. Because Hospital Ramp No. 1 is temporarily closed, Hospital Ramp No. 2 is reserved for UIHC patients and visitors, and for football fans with disabilities. Other fans may park at Hospital Ramps Nos. 3 and 4. The charge for UI ramp parking near the stadium is $10 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.

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Parrott, 319-335-0552, steven-parrott@uiowa.edu