Just a few days away from Hawkeye Football now, and UI Athletics is announcing changes to some things going on in and around the stadium this football season, as well as giving some friendly reminders of previous policies. If you have plans to be in the area, make sure you know what’s what before it’s too late to go back.
- The biggest change: University of Iowa has announced a clear bag policy for the entirety of this upcoming football season. What does this mean? Well, only clear bags that are 12” x 6” x 12” will be allowed inside Kinnick Stadium. This has been a policy in NFL stadiums since 2013 and started to make its way into some college football stadiums late last year. You might already be aware of this if you went to last year’s home game against Purdue, where changes began to be made following terrorist attacks in Paris. This year, these policies are pretty widespread amongst college football stadiums. You can find a more comprehensive list of what is and is not allowed in the stadium here.
- This is also a big one: because of traffic on Dubuque Street, there will be a lot of weird traffic things going on in Iowa City on game days. Check out how they’re handling traffic flow. It’s a pretty important read if you live in or plan to be in the Iowa City area on a game day this year.
- For the second year, UI is bringing back their “Fan’s First” program, which appeared to be a success last year. Customer service representatives in lime green shirts will be located outside Kinnick, as well as in each corner of the stadium, to answer any questions you might have while at the game.
- The Hawkeye Kids Zone will be changing locations this season, now taking place on the new turf practice fields behind the Hansen Football Performance Complex. Families can enter on the walkway between the football practice fields and Duane Banks Field. The Hawkeye Kids Zone will be open between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the first game day this season.
- There’s a lot to pack into this one. There’s a new Hawkeye Tailgate at the Krause Family Plaza outside Gate A this season. Here, there will be two video boards showing the nation’s pregame shows leading into the 11 a.m. games.
Here is the schedule for activities occurring here before Sept. 3rd’s game against the RedHawks:
- 9:30 a.m: There will be a D.J., the Hawkeye Radio Network pregame show, and the weekly “Hit” video
- 12:30 p.m: These videos will also be showing the “Hawk Walk.”
- 1-1:30 p.m: The Hawkeye Marching Band will be moving their traditional rec building show to the plaza and performing at this time.
EDIT: From DrumHawk: Along with the Hawkeye Marching Band pre-game show, there is a Hawkeye Drumline "Lot Show" at the northwest corner of Kinnick Stadium around 12:15. The Hawkeye Drumline performs the music they have prepared for the halftime show, various stand tunes, and "The Series", which is the Hawkeye Drumline’s classic arrangement of cadences. Come check it out if you’re looking for something else to go along with your pre-game festivities. Go Hawks!
- Postgame tailgating will be allowed for all games other than ones that start after 6 p.m.
- Kirk Ferentz’s radio show has changed locations, now taking place from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesdays at Applebee’s in Coralville. Gross...