Sept. 5, 2007
UI officials will enforce trademark, alcohol laws
University of Iowa officials and University Police will be on the lookout for illegal Hawkeye merchandise, such as t-shirts, being sold by nonlicensed vendors at football games this fall, and they will be enforcing the laws when they find them.
In addition, UI Police and other law enforcement personnel will enforce laws prohibiting underage consumption of alcoholic beverages and possession of open containers of liquor, beer and wine on public sidewalks and streets.
"We love seeing Hawkeye fans decked out in black and gold, but we do want to make sure that we protect our trademarks and support the Hawkeye apparel licensees who abide by the rules regarding the production and sale of clothing and other items with our trademarks, such as the Tiger Hawk and Herky," says Dale Arens, director of the UI trademark licensing program.
State law prohibits the consumption of hard liquor and the possession of an open bottle of hard liquor on public property, which includes UI parking lots. People caught violating the law will be required to empty the bottle(s) and will be issued a citation.
Unauthorized use of the University of Iowa trademarks, word marks, symbols, and logos is a violation of state and federal law.
Anyone in possession of an open container of alcohol (including beer, wine or hard liquor) on the sidewalks or streets on the way to Kinnick Stadium will be issued a citation and the beverage will be confiscated.
Fans should also remember that Iowa's minimum legal drinking age is 21.
Within Kinnick stadium, unruly and disruptive fans will be ejected and will face arrest and possible revocation of ticket privileges.
Fans are also encouraged to remember Iowa's law, under which a blood alcohol content of .08 percent is considered presumptive of guilt in cases of driving while intoxicated.
UI officials urge fans to use alcohol responsibly. They suggest having plenty of nonalcoholic beverages available, and serve adequate food to reduce the effects of alcohol. Select a designated driver or stop serving and consuming alcohol several hours before attempting to drive.
For a complete list of safety guidelines see http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2007/september/090507safety.html
More information about Hawkeye athletics may be found at http://www.hawkeyesports.com.
More information about game day parking may be found at http://www.uifootballparking.com.
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Charles S. Drum, University News Services, 319-384-0048, email@example.com