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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 18, 2005

Hawkeye Fans: Leave Early, Park Away From Kinnick And Use Train Or Shuttles

Hawkeye football fans traveling to the Sept. 3 season-opening game with Ball State should get on the road early to get around road construction projects in Iowa City and Coralville.

And once they get to town, fans can avoid traffic congestion and a shortage of parking near Kinnick Stadium by taking advantage of parking facilities in downtown Iowa City, where shuttle buses will provide easy access to Kinnick Stadium; at Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville, where they can take the Hawkeye Express train; or at University-owned parking lots located away from the stadium.

Road construction will slow traffic on Dubuque and Dodge streets in Iowa City and on First Avenue in Coralville, UI officials note. That may shift traffic to other routes, which may make them prone to traffic tie-ups as well, especially Melrose Avenue and Hawkins Drive near Kinnick.

UI Athletics officials note that there will be limited parking adjacent to Kinnick Stadium, where most spaces will be held for fans with reserved parking permits. Just as important, athletic officials note, the parking permits do not guarantee a spot.

UI faculty and staff members who have parking permits for lots near Kinnick may not use those permits on game days. Information on alternative parking on game days for faculty and staff members is available by going to the Parking and Transportation Web site: http://www.uiowa.edu/~parking and click on "parking services" or "announcements."

Still, there are a number of convenient alternatives for parking:

--Downtown Iowa City parking ramps are only a short walk from the Pentacrest, where fans can catch free shuttle buses to Kinnick.

--Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville offers free parking and close proximity to the Hawkeye Express train depot. The train runs for 2 and 1/2 hours before game time. Round-trip tickets are $10. Children age 12 and under ride free.

--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); the Athletics Hall of Fame lot at the corner of Melrose and Mormon Trek Blvd.; the Hawkeye Commuter parking lot on Hawkeye Park Road, just off of Mormon Trek or Melrose Avenue.

--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.

--$10 parking for automobiles is available at Hospital Ramps Nos. 2 and 4, the Finkbine commuter parking lot (Hawkins Drive), Finkbine Golf Course (Melrose Avenue), and the Finkbine Golf Course driving range, just east of Mormon Trek on Melrose Avenue, weather permitting. Hospital Ramp No. 1 is reserved for UIHC patients and visitors.

--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.

--Parking for people with disabilities will be reserved in Hospital Ramp No. 2 and a limited number in the lot north of Kinnick Stadium until 30 minutes before kickoff.

Beginning two hours before game time, free UI Cambus "Athletic Event" service will shuttle fans from the downtown Pentacrest, the Hancher Auditorium parking lots, and from the west campus Hawkeye Commuter parking lot to locations near the stadium. The shuttles will also operate for about 30 minutes after the game, taking riders back to the Pentacrest and to the Hancher and Hawkeye Commuter parking lots.

Riders can also 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-owned cashiered parking lots will be open for overnight parking beginning at 6 p.m. on Fridays before games.

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.

On game days, 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. In keeping with state law, 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 and will be issued a citation.

Football fans will not be allowed to pass through UI Hospitals and Clinics on their way to or from the game. 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 52242-1000.

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