Aug. 30, 2010
UI outlines safety guidelines and fan information for Hawkeye football games
For the safety and enjoyment of everyone at Kinnick Stadium, the University of Iowa and the Iowa Hawkeyes encourage respectful behavior by all fans. The following guidelines, rules, policies and information will assist in providing the very best game-day experience for fans and their families at historic Kinnick Stadium. [Related: "Hawkeye fans offered game day parking alternatives, recommendations" at http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2010/august/083010football_parking.html]
In particular, this year the UI is implementing a new initiative called “Think Before You Drink,” which is aimed at reducing the problems caused by people who have had too much to drink. For more information on that initiative, see http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2010/august/081610think-before-you-drink.html.
UI officials and police will enforce laws concerning illegal Hawkeye merchandise, such as T-shirts, being sold by non-licensed vendors at football games. Unauthorized use of UI trademarks, word marks, symbols and logos is a violation of state and federal laws.
In and Around Kinnick Stadium
* All entrance gates open 90 minutes prior to kickoff.
* Football fans will not be allowed to pass through UI Hospitals and Clinics on their way to or from the game.
* For safety reasons, Evashevski Drive (old Stadium Drive) north of Kinnick Stadium will be closed to vehicles when pre-game and post-game pedestrian traffic becomes heavy. In addition, Melrose Avenue at the corner of Hawkins Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic going west, approximately one hour before game time to increase safety of pedestrian traffic.
* Inebriated people will not be admitted to and may be ejected from Kinnick Stadium.
* With the exception of areas covered by the UI liquor license, alcohol possession and consumption are not allowed within Kinnick Stadium. Violators of this policy will be ejected from the stadium and will be subject to prosecution and student discipline, as applicable.
* The UI is a smoke-free campus. Moreover, Iowa law prohibits smoking inside or around Kinnick Stadium.
* Patrons will not be permitted to exit and re-enter Kinnick Stadium. Fans can remain in the concourse area around the stadium, and at halftime in the Krause Family Plaza, which is available through Gate A.
* Officials request that all beverages consumed in the parking lots and other university areas be in plastic or paper containers.
* Small purses (up to 8 1/2 by 11 inches), fanny packs, binocular cases, blankets and seat cushions will be allowed in Kinnick Stadium, but those items must be taken through search lanes, which will be located at all stadium entrance areas. Officials encourage fans to keep purses and all bags at home for speedier entry. All persons attending the games are subject to search. UI officials will search all purses in accordance with Federal Homeland Security Guidelines. Please go to the following link for more information: http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/videos/nppd_bag_check_042810.wmv. The UI reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone.
* Likewise, fans may bring either two 16-ounce sealed bottles of commercially produced water or one 32-ounce bottle per person, but those items must be taken through the search lanes. No gallon jugs of water will be permitted. No other beverage cans or bottles purchased outside the stadium will be allowed. Soft drinks and water will be sold inside the stadium, and water fountains are available throughout the stadium.
* Fans may also bring their own food into the stadium in one-gallon clear plastic bags, but those items also must be taken through the search lanes.
* The following items may not be taken into the stadium: bags of any size, alcoholic beverages, all coolers, canned and bottled beverages purchased outside of the stadium (except sealed plastic water bottles), thermoses, kegs, backpacks, camelbacks, banner and signs, large lens cameras, tripods, personal seat backs, strollers, noisemakers, horns, bugles and all other disruptive devices. These items should be left in your vehicle. Admission will be denied to anyone carrying any such items. Patrons can use coin-operated lockers located in the UI Recreation Building located immediately northwest of the stadium to secure items not permitted in Kinnick. The UI Athletics Department is not responsible for items placed in lockers or left at gates.
* For the safety of participants and spectators, at no time before, during and after a game, are spectators permitted to enter the playing field.
* No objects may be thrown from or in the stands.
* No body passing is permitted in the stands.
Guidelines on Alcoholic Beverages
In addition to rules announced as part of the "Think Before Your Drink" campaign, the following alcohol-related rules will be effect:
* State law prohibits the consumption of hard liquor and the possession of an opened bottle of hard liquor on public property, including UI parking lots and ramps. Law enforcement officers will empty an opened, visible bottle of hard liquor and issue citations to violators.
* On Saturday game days, only beer and wine are allowed on UI property including parking lots and ramps, until one hour after Kinnick Stadium is substantially empty of fans following the game’s end. No beer trucks, kegs, hard liquor or open bars are permitted in those areas.
* Open alcoholic containers will not be allowed on streets, sidewalks, or public ways.
* No alcohol of any kind is allowed in parking lot 14, at the corner of Melrose and South Grand Avenue, which is designated an alcohol-free contributor and general public lot.
* No one under the age of 21, nor anyone of legal age who is "obviously intoxicated", is allowed to consume alcoholic beverages on UI property, public streets and sidewalks.
* No alcoholic beverages may be sold on UI property, nor may donations be sought or required to pay for alcoholic beverages.
Police Response to Complaints
Police officers will respond to complaints about unsafe and/or disruptive behavior.
The UI Athletic Department may revoke the ticket privileges of any individual who violates any provision of its ticket revocation policy. Violations include, but are not limited to, incapacitation due to excessive drunkenness or the use of illegal drugs, citation or arrest for throwing objects, resisting arrest, obstruction, battery, public urination, or disorderly conduct involving violent or indecent behavior, or arrest for any violation of the code of Iowa.
As in the past, 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 UI.
Additional game day information can be found at the Gameday Central link at http://www.hawkeyesports.com. Likewise, for football parking information, tune to KRUI Radio Station 89.7 or go to http://www.uifootballparking.com.
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