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Aug. 27, 2004

Safety Guidelines For Hawkeye Football Games

Here are some of the continuing safety guidelines for all University of Iowa football games:

-- Patrons will not be permitted to exit and re-enter Kinnick Stadium. Fans can remain in the concourse area around the stadium, where additional concession stands and portable toilets are located.

-- Student ticket holders must display their student ID card and will be admitted only through two gates: Gate 3 and the Northwest Gate. There will be no exceptions. Students entering Kinnick will have their hands stamped upon entry and will be required to display the hand stamp and ticket stub when entering Sections G, H and J of Kinnick Stadium.

-- Officials request that all beverages consumed in the parking lots and other University areas be in plastic or paper containers.

--Soft drinks will be sold inside the stadium, and water will be provided free of charge at locations in the four corners of the stadium for early season, warm-weather games. Otherwise, only clear plastic, sealed water bottles will be allowed in the stadium. No other beverage cans or bottles purchased outside the stadium will be allowed.

-- Most of Parking Lot 6, located just south of the UI Field House, will be unavailable for use because of construction on that site. However, for the spaces remaining, only passenger vehicles will be allowed. Panel trucks, rental trucks, and double-decker trailers are not permitted in any parking lots. Vehicles in violation will be towed.

-- Only small purses, fanny packs, binocular cases, blankets, and seat cushions will be allowed into Kinnick Stadium. All items will be searched at specific entrance gates. People attending the games are subject to search. The University reserves the right to refuse entry to people carrying such items.

-- The following items are not allowed inside the stadium: umbrellas, bags of any size, alcoholic beverages, botas, all coolers, canned and bottled beverages purchased outside of the stadium except sealed clear plastic water bottles, thermoses, kegs, backpacks, banners and signs, large lens cameras, tripods, personal seat backs, strollers, noisemakers, horns, bugles, and all other disruptive devices. Admission will be denied anyone carrying such items.

-- Smoking is prohibited in all areas inside Kinnick Stadium, including concourses, rest rooms and the press box. Smoking is allowed only in the four marked open-air corners of the stadium.

-- No objects may be thrown from or in the stands.

-- No body passing is permitted in the stands.

-- No grills, open fires or amplified sound are permitted in UI parking ramps.

-- Fans are urged to stay off the playing field at all times, including the end zones.

-- Police officers will respond to complaints about unsafe and/or disruptive behavior.

-- As in past years, individuals who violate stadium policies, present a safety threat, or are disruptive may be removed from the stadium and may be subject to arrest. Disruptive UI students may also be disciplined under the provisions of the Code of Student Life. In particular, students found guilty of throwing objects may face suspension or expulsion from the university.

Following are the rules regarding the possession and use of alcohol in University areas used for parking, parties, and tailgate activities:

-- No beer trucks, kegs, or open bars are permitted in UI parking lots and ramps.

-- On game days only, beer and wine are allowed on UI property, including parking lots and ramps. The exception is Parking Lot 14, at the corner of Melrose and South Grand avenues, which is an alcohol-free area.

-- No one under the age of 21, nor anyone of legal age who is obviously intoxicated, is allowed to consume alcoholic beverages.

-- No alcoholic beverages may be sold. Likewise, no donations may be solicited to pay for alcoholic beverages.

-- Inebriated people will not be admitted to Kinnick Stadium for the game. Alcohol and its consumption are not allowed in the stadium. Those in violation face ejection and possible criminal prosecution and/or student disciplinary actions.

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000.

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Parrott, steven-parrott@uiowa.edu, phone 319-335-0552, cell 530-6972