The University Of Iowa, home of the Iowa Hawkeyes, spent time this Summer discussing tailgating, drinking, public urination and other problems during Hawkeye Football Games. Their first efforts with a “Think Before You Drink” campaign left fans and tailgaters a little upset and even angry with their game day experience. The “Think Before You Drink” campaign was said to deal with illegal or irresponsible use of alcohol during tailgating and at Iowa Hawkeye Football Games.
When the Iowa Hawkeyes kicked off their 2010 football season on September 4, 2010, their fans were met with an increased police presents, long lines to enter the stadium with personal items searched and a two hour limit to leave the University Of Iowa campus after the Hawkeye Football Game.
Since September 4, 2010, the University Of Iowa has received emails and phone calls from unhappy Hawkeye Football fans. The Hawkeye Football fans are unhappy with the increased “police state” feeling while attending the Iowa Hawkeye Football Game. Hawkeye Football Fans who attended the game complained about police writing citations for public intoxication, police smelling drinks of people walking on the street, the long lines to pass by the ticket takers and the long line to have items brought into the stadiums searched and people told to take items back to their vehicle or throw them away. Gary Barta, the Director Of Athletics, has stated “We made some mistakes last Saturday”
On September 9, 2010, the University Of Iowa said they are working on making future game day experiences better. Gary Barta, the Director Of Athletics, also said “I’m grateful that the University as a group rolled up our collective sleeves and worked hard to make adjustments and improvements leading into this Saturday. We’ll need everyone’s help to try to achieve these goals.”
For the up coming Iowa verses Iowa State football game on Saturday, September 11, 2010, the University Of Iowa plans to focus on ticket gate security. The University Of Iowa would like to make the ticket gates more fan friendly while making sure all fans are having a safe game day experience. The University Of Iowa plans to increase the number of bag inspectors at each entry point. The University Of Iowa hopes this will eliminate long delays at entry points to Kinnick Stadium.
The University Of Iowa recommends that Iowa Hawkeye Football Fans arrive 90 minutes prior to kick off. This should allow enough time to enter Kinnick Stadium and avoid delays. The University Of Iowa is discouraging fans from bringing purses or bags into Kinnick Stadium unless necessary.
While Hawkeye Fans are allowed to bring food and beverages into Kinnick Stadium, there are rules in place. Iowa Hawkeye Football fans are allowed to bring 32 ounces or less clear sealed water bottles but they are subject to inspection. Any food brought into the stadium is limited to one gallon or less per person and is subject to inspection. Hawkeye fans bringing items into Kinnick Stadium should be prepared to have all items searched.
The two hour tailgating rule has been changed to three hours after the game. This only affects Hawkeye Football games with an 11 a.m. kick off. All other games remain at two hours for tailgating after the football game. The University Of Iowa reminds Iowa Hawkeye fans that are tailgating, no alcoholic beverage drinking is permitted one hour prior to the end of the tailgating time limit. For 11 a.m. kick off games, this means you are permitted to drink two hours after the game, while the last hour you can not consume alcoholic beverages. For all other games, Iowa Hawkeye fans are allowed to drink one hour after the game. The second hour no alcoholic beverages are allowed to be consumed.
The University Of Iowa reminds Iowa Hawkeye Football fans that tailgating rules are being enforced this year. All open alcoholic beverages must stay in parking areas. Fans are not allowed to take alcohol drinks on public streets or sidewalks. Hard liquor is not permitted on the University Of Iowa parking areas, public streets or sidewalks.
The University Of Iowa reminds Iowa Hawkeye Football fans that law enforcement will continue to have vehicle safety checkpoints around Iowa City. If drinking is part of your Game Day fun, be sure to have a designated driver.
The University Of Iowa will continue to work on the Iowa Hawkeye Game Day experience for their fans, while they keep their commitment to making an enjoyable and safe atmosphere for all fans attending Iowa Hawkeye Football games.