Football Parking

Gameday Parking Updates

The following parking lots are SOLD OUT for Saturday, October 16:

  • Lot 3 (Library Lot)
  • Lot 65
  • Myrtle Lot
  • Ramp 4 – only ADA Day of Game Parking remains

Follow @TheIowaHawkeyes on Twitter for gameday updates, including parking lot closures.

New for 2021

I-80/I-380 System Interchange Construction

The ongoing I-80/I-380 reconstruction project will replace all four loops of the interchange with directional ramps. During the 2021 football season, the US 218 northbound to I-80 westbound loop and the I-80 westbound to US-218 southbound loop will be closed. Visit the Street Closures & Traffic section for detour routes and more information.

Lot Opening Times Modified

As part UI Athletics’ pilot program to expand beer and wine sales in Kinnick Stadium, and due also to prior challenges with staffing parking lots sometimes for over 12 hours prior to night games, parking lot hours will be modified in 2021. Beginning this fall, UI Athletics-managed parking lots will open no more than six (6) hours prior to kickoff and no earlier than 6:00 a.m. on the day of each home football game. Queuing on the streets prior to parking lots opening will not be allowed. Parking on the night prior to home football games will be limited to RVs only (Lots 40, 43N, 65S and 75S) and from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tailgating will not be allowed following games starting after 6:00 p.m.

Hawkeye Express Train Discontinued

In April 2021, UI Athletics and Iowa Northern Railway Company announced an end to the Hawkeye Express experience due to a need for future equipment upgrades and overall increases in operation expenses. Fans are encouraged to utilize the public parking options around Kinnick Stadium, including free parking at the Hancher or Hawkeye Commuter Lots. Visit the Public Parking section for more information on public parking options.

Mobile Parking Passes

In order to enhance customer service and flexibility, mobile parking passes will replace printed hangtags in 2021, except those receiving passes for RVs or for a reserved space in Lot 43W. Mobile parking passes will be scanned on fans’ smartphones to access parking lots. Printed PDF tickets and parking passes will not be accepted on game day. Visit our Mobile Tickets page for information on how to purchase, download, and access mobile parking passes.

Public Parking Fees/Cashless Payment

All parking lots will be operated as cashless. Credit cards will be the only accepted form of payment on game day. Season-long and single game parking passes may be purchased in advance for Lot 3 (Library Lot), Lot 65, Ramp 4, and Myrtle Lot at a cost of $100 for the season or $25 per game. A parking space is guaranteed for all prepaid parking pass holders in the specific lot or ramp selected and identified on the pass. To purchase a prepaid parking pass, contact the UI Athletics Ticket Office by either email tickets@hawkeyesports.com or phone at 1-800 IA-HAWKS prior to 12:00 p.m. (CT) on Friday of game week. Visit our Public Parking section for more information on public parking options.

Street Closures & Construction

EVASHEVSKI DRIVE

Evashevski Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic between Lot 43N Drive and Hawkins Drive.

HAWKINS DRIVE

For the safety of our fans, the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety will be closing Hawkins Drive and For The Kids Way, directly east of Kinnick Stadium (from Evashevski Drive to Melrose Avenue) to non-emergency vehicular traffic two and a half hours prior to kickoff until two hours post-game.

Vehicles wanting access to University parking lots and ramps east of Hawkins Drive (14, 49, Ramp 4) and private residences on and south of Melrose Avenue must approach from Melrose Avenue (eastbound) or from Riverside Drive and up Grand Avenue (westbound). Bus and limo parking on Hawkins Drive and vehicles entering Ramp 3 must enter Hawkins Drive from the north after closure begins (two and a half hours prior to kickoff).

MELROSE AVENUE

Melrose Avenue will be closed to non-emergency vehicular traffic (westbound) between Hawkins Drive and Evashevski Drive approximately one hour before game time. Post-game traffic on Melrose Avenue will be two lanes westbound, starting from Evashevski Drive and continuing to US-218 . All post-game traffic east of Evashevski Drive will be forced eastbound toward Riverside Drive.

I-80/I-380 SYSTEM INTERCHANGE CONSTRUCTION

The ongoing I-80/I-380 reconstruction project will replace all four loops of the interchange with directional ramps. US-218 northbound to I-80 westbound loop will be closed for the 2021 football season.

Pre-Game Alternate Routes: Starting with the Iowa vs. Penn State home game on Saturday, Oct. 9, drivers on their way to Kinnick Stadium should be aware of the recent closure of the I-80 westbound to U.S. 218 southbound ramp. This ramp is anticipated to be closed until late 2023. To avoid pre-game impacts, drivers may want to consider leaving for the stadium earlier in the day. Drivers will be directed to the following alternate routes:

  • Take Exit 240 at IA 965/Coral Ridge Ave and travel along IA 965, to US 6/2nd St., to Camp Cardinal Blvd.
  • Take Exit 237 at Ireland Ave, circle back onto I-80 eastbound, and take the I-80 eastbound to US 218 southbound ramp.

Post-Game Alternate Routes: Drivers leaving Kinnick Stadium need to continue to be aware of the US 218 northbound to I-80 westbound ramp closure, as well as the I-80 westbound to US 218 southbound ramp closure. To avoid impacts, you may consider extending your time in the Iowa City area to avoid the post-game rush. For those wanting to travel west on I-80 after the game, drivers should be prepared for delays of 30 minutes or longer. Drivers will be directed to the following alternate routes:

For the US 218 Northbound to I-80 Westbound Loop Closure:

  • Take US 218/I-380 northbound and circle back south at Exit 2 (Forevergreen Road) to rejoin I-80 West
  • Use Camp Cardinal Blvd to James St. to IA 965/CoralRidge Ave., and meet I-80 westbound at Exit 240
  • Use Camp Cardinal Blvd to James St. to Coral Ridge Ave to US 6/2nd St. and travel west to Ireland Avenue to meet I-80 westbound at Exit 237.

For the I-80 Westbound to U.S. 218 Southbound Loop Closure:

  • Follow I-80 westbound to Exit 237 to loop back to I-80 east, and take the I-80 eastbound to U.S. 218 southbound ramp.

Plan ahead and check WAZE or 511ia.org for real time traffic information including closures and other impacts. Watch for signs directing drivers to alternate routes and be aware of law enforcement directing traffic at the intersections near the stadium. Always avoid distractions and adjust your speed and following distance when traveling through work zones. If you see emergency or road assistance vehicles, don’t forget to move over and slow down – it’s the law.

HOSPITAL PARKING

Emergency vehicles (both ambulances and individual vehicles) will be let through the security checkpoints to get to the hospital. Indicate to the security personnel that you are having an emergency or need to get to the hospital. For a full hospital map and to learn more about parking, visit uihc.org/parking-and-map.

Non-emergency (patients and hospital visitors) traffic should park in Ramps 1 or 2.
Football parking is NOT available in Ramps 1 or 2.

Suggested Routes
Use Waze, a free turn-by-turn GPS navigation app that provides real-time traffic updates and the most up-to-date road closures. Get it on Google Play or the App Store.

  • Main Entrance / Ramps 1 and 2 Access (best option): Most patients and all hospital visitors should follow Hawkins Drive from the north/Coralville to access the main entrance and parking Ramps 1 and 2.
  • Emergency Patients:Follow Grand Avenue from the east and take a right at the roundabout.
  • Labor and Delivery Patients: The best entry is the John Pappajohn Pavilion South Entrance. Follow Grand Avenue from the east and take a left at the roundabout, then an immediate right onto For The Kids Way. Labor and Delivery patients may be dropped off at this entrance. Security will communicate where the best parking is.

Contact Information
Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., call:

Monday through Friday, after 5:00 p.m. and on weekends, call:

CONTRIBUTOR PARKING

PASSENGER VEHICLES

Kinnick Society Gold (KG): Lot 43W

  • Pre-assigned reserved parking spaces for parking and/or tailgate.

Kinnick Society (KS): Lot 43W, 43 NW, and 43N
Champion Hawk (CH): Lot 43N
Golden Hawk (GH): Lots 33, 46, 49, and 75.
Silver Hawk (SH): Ramp 4 and Lot 14.

RVs

Season-long parking passes must be purchased in advance through the UI Athletics Ticket Office at a cost of $500. Limited parking is available and spaces are chosen prior to the season based on priority points within membership level.

  • KG, KS, CH and GH: Lots 40, 43N (selected areas) and 75S.
    Pre-assigned reserved parking spaces for RV parking only.
  • SH: Lot 65S

Lot Opening Times

Beginning this fall, UI Athletics-managed parking lots will open no more than six (6) hours prior to kickoff and no earlier than 6:00 a.m. on the day of each home football game. Parking on the night prior to home football games will be limited to RVs only (Lots 40, 43N, 65S, and 75S) from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Map showing contributor parking lots around Kinnick Stadium

PUBLIC PARKING

GAMEDAY PARKING PASSENGER VEHICLES RV INFORMATION
LOCATION PREPAID
SEASON-LONG
PREPAID
SINGLE
GAME
DAY OF GAME PREPAID
SEASON-LONG
DAY OF GAME
Finkbine Driving Range $25 $500 $80 (hard surface only)
Hancher Auditorium Lot (55) Free + Shuttle Free + Shuttle
Hawkeye Commuter Lot (85) Free + Shuttle Free + Shuttle
Hall of Fame Lot (71) Free + Shuttle Free + Shuttle
Lot 3 (Library Lot) $100 $25 $25*
Lot 11 (CRWC) Hourly Rate
Lot 43N $25 ADA ONLY^
Lot 65 $100 $25 $25*
Lower Finkbine Lot $25 $500 $80
Myrtle Lot $100 $25 $25*
Newton Rd. Ramp Hourly Rate
Ramp 3 $100 ADA ONLY
Ramp 4 $100 + ADA $25 + ADA $25 + ADA
Softball Lot $25 $500 $80

 

* Day of game availability will be dependent on the quantity of prepaid passes sold in lot or ramp for specific game. Follow @TheIowaHawkeyes on Twitter for game day updates, including parking lot closures.

 

Please note: The Hancher and Hawkeye Commuter lots are not managed by UI Athletics on gameday and, as such, are not subject to the new lot opening times this year.

PREPAID PASS

In order to purchase a prepaid parking pass, you must purchase a season or single game ticket(s) through the UI Ticket Office.

Season-long and single game public parking passes may be purchased in advance prior to 12:00 p.m. (CT) on Friday of game week. To purchase a prepaid parking pass, contact the UI Athletics Ticket Office by either email tickets@hawkeyesports.com or phone at 1-800 IA-HAWKS.

A parking space is guaranteed for all prepaid parking pass holders in the specific lot or ramp selected and identified on the pass. A prepaid public RV parking pass will be valid for any of the three lots identified above. Game tickets must be secured through the UI Athletics Ticket Office or authorized outlet in order to pre-purchase a parking pass (limit 1).

DAY OF GAME

  • Accepted Payment: All parking locations will be operated as cashless. Credit cards will be the only accepted form of payment on game day.
  • Complimentary Cambus Shuttles: Complimentary Cambus shuttles run continuously before, during and after the game from Lots 55, 71 and 85.
  • Lot Opening Times Modified: Beginning this fall, UI Athletics-managed parking lots will open no more than six (6) hours prior to kickoff and no earlier than 6:00 a.m. on the day of each home football game. Parking on the night prior to home football games will be limited to RVs only (Lots 40, 43N, 65S and 75S) from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • ADA Parking: Vehicles must display a state issued ADA placard or license plate. For the safety of our fans, the UI Department of Public Safety will be closing Hawkins Drive, directly east of Kinnick Stadium to vehicular traffic two and a half hours prior to kickoff until two hours post-game. Vehicles accessing Ramp 3 must enter Hawkins Drive from the north after closure begins.
    • Complimentary ADA golf cart shuttles will begin two hours prior to kickoff and continue until one hour after the completion of the game.

BUSES / LIMOS

Parking is available on Hawkins Drive, along the northbound lanes. Prepaid passes are required for parking along Hawkins Drive. Space is limited to the first 15 passes sold.

To purchase a prepaid parking pass, email cody-derudder@uiowa.edu prior to 12:00 p.m. (CT) on Wednesday of game week. Tailgating is not allowed near the bus and limo parking areas. Buses and limos may begin parking on Hawkins Drive starting six hours prior to kickoff, no earlier than 6:00 a.m. and are required to depart within 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game.

For the safety of our fans, the UI Department of Public Safety will be closing Hawkins Drive, directly east of Kinnick Stadium to vehicular traffic two and a half hours prior to kickoff until two hours post-game. Buses and limos are strongly encouraged to access Hawkins Drive from Melrose Avenue before the Hawkins Drive closure.

SHUTTLE SERVICE

ADA GOLF SHUTTLE SERVICE

Complimentary ADA golf cart shuttles will begin two hours prior to kickoff and run until kickoff. Shuttles will begin service again at the start of the 4th quarter and run until one hour after the completion of the game. During pregame, ADA golf cart shuttles will pick-up at the locations listed below, denoted with blue ‘ADA Shuttle’ flags. Due to heavy pedestrian traffic post-game, ADA golf cart shuttles will only be available outside the following gates:

  • Gate H, located on the northwest side of the stadium, off of Evashevski Drive.
  • Gate I, located on the northeast side of the stadium, at the corner of Evashevski Drive and Hawkins Drive.
  • Gate M, located on the southeast side of the stadium, off of Hawkins Drive.

ADA golf cart drivers have been instructed to drop-off riders at designated pregame pick-up locations only. Requests for special pick-ups or drop-offs will NOT be honored.

CAMBUS SHUTTLE SERVICE

Complimentary Cambus shuttles run continuously before, during, and after the game. Masks are required while riding Cambus. The pre-game shuttle service begins two (2) hours prior to kickoff at the four (4) locations listed below. Post-game shuttle service is provided for approximately one (1) hour post-game.

  • Hancher Auditorium Parking Lot (Lot 55):Pick-up is located at the bus stop within the lot and drops off at the bus loop on Newton Road.
  • Hawkeye Commuter Parking Lot (Lot 85): Pick-up is located at the bus stop within the lot and drops off at the bus stop east of Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Elliott Drive.
  • Hall of Fame Parking Lot (Lot 71):Pick-up is located on Prairie Meadow Drive and drops off at the bus stop east of Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Elliott Drive.
  • Downtown Iowa City: Pick-up is at the bus stop on Washington Street, outside of Schaefer Hall and drops off at the Veterans Affairs (VA) bus loop.

Use the Transit App for route maps and current bus locations.

Policies & Tailgating

PARKING LOT OPEN TIMES

As part UI Athletics’ pilot program to expand beer and wine sales in Kinnick Stadium, and due also to challenges associated with staffing parking lots sometimes for over 12 hours prior to night games, parking lot hours will be modified in 2021. Beginning this fall, UI Athletics-managed parking lots will open no more than six (6) hours prior to kickoff and no earlier than 6:00 a.m. on the day of each home football game. Parking on the night prior to home football games will be limited to RVs only (Lots 40, 43N, 65S and 75S) and from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Queuing on the streets prior to parking lots opening will not be allowed.

Following each home football game, RV owners will be allowed to spend the night in the parking lot but are asked to depart from the UI parking lots by 9:00 a.m. the day after the game. Activities in Carver-Hawkeye Arena may require an adjustment in the opening of some parking lots. Please check back here the Tuesday of each game week for any changes to the lot opening and/or departure times.

BANDS AND AMPLIFIED MUSIC

Live musical bands and other live performances are not allowed at tailgating sites or on campus without prior approval from Iowa Athletics. Amplified music must be confined to your tailgate area and speakers must be directed into your tailgate party. This policy is intended to protect the enjoyment of other fans. Musical tastes and tolerable noise levels vary greatly from tailgate party to tailgate party.

RIDESHARING SERVICES

Only vehicles with a valid football parking pass are allowed in UI parking lots. Ridesharing services (Uber, Taxi, Lyft, etc.) vehicles without a valid football parking pass are not allowed inside UI parking lots on game days.

SAVING SPACES

Saving parking spaces for other motorists is not permitted in any lot. Parking on the UI campus is on a first come, first served basis except in lots with reserved spaces.

TENTS

Iowa Athletics requires patrons to follow manufacturer recommendations on set-up, tear down, and securing of any tents or canopies, including recommendations regarding the wind speed rating. Depending upon weather conditions, Iowa Athletics may restrict the use of some or all tents, canopies, or other tailgating items or structures. Owners are ultimately responsible for any damage caused by their tailgating activities and equipment including wind-blown structures.

USE OF SPACES | TRAVEL LANES

Automobiles and RVs may park only in designated areas. In order to efficiently use every parking lot, specific locations are assigned for automobiles and RVs. The use of a parking space for other reasons, such as portable grills, games tents, chairs, etc. is not permitted in non-reserved areas. For reserved parking lots, a parking space used for other reasons is only permitted if a parking pass is presented for specific space not used for vehicle.

Tailgating is not permitted in travel lanes on roads or parking lots. No tents, chairs, or other items may be placed or extend into travel lanes. Any non-adherence to this policy may result in UI Police officers requiring the tent, tarp or canopy be removed. There are a limited number of parking spaces on the University of Iowa campus. It is important to make every space available to use for parking. They can also cause tailgate parties to overflow into travel lanes causing a hazard for other vehicles and the passage of emergency vehicles.

SIDEWALKS

Sidewalks on campus are reserved for pedestrian use. No setting up tents, tables, or chairs on sidewalks.

TAILGATING ALCOHOL POLICY

On Hawkeye football game days only, beer and wine are allowed in UI parking areas. State law prohibits hard liquor consumption or possession of an open bottle of liquor in UI parking lots and ramps.

Possession of an open container (including beer, wine, and hard liquor) while walking/driving to University property on the public sidewalks and roads are subject to citation, and the beverage will be confiscated.

DRONES

Balloons, blimps, and other inflatables are prohibited from being flown/tethered from vehicles in UI parking lots. Drones are not allowed without prior permission from the UI Drone Committee.

BBQ GRILLS | WOOD FIRES

Liquid Propane (LP) and charcoal grills and LP heaters are permitted in parking lots when temperature warrants, but are prohibited in parking ramps. Please do not place used charcoal, embers, or ash in trash cans, under trees, or leave it in the parking areas. LP grills or heaters are limited to one 20# LP cylinder per device; no spare or additional cylinders will be allowed.

Open wood fires or wood fires enclosed in a portable fire pit are not permitted.

VEHICLE DEFINITION

The UI uses the following definitions for vehicles: a car is any car, pick-up truck or SUV. A recreational vehicle (RV) is any vehicle that includes a restroom. Travel trailers, 5th wheels, or pull-behind trailers are not allowed in any UI parking except the Hawkeye Commuter Lot (Lot 85).