Kids -- Young and Old -- Love 'em

Aug. 15, 2004

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They came from near and far to watch their Hawkeyes for the third annual Kids Day at Kinnick event Sunday on a sun-filled day at historic Kinnick Stadium. A crowd of young and old and estimated at more than 4,000 enjoyed a sneak peek at Coach Kirk Ferentz’s Iowa Hawkeyes, examining each Hawkeye during a two-plus hours of practice before lining up to secure photographs of their favorites in black and gold. “It’s a great way to spend a day,” said Jill Smith of the Quad Cities, who brought her son and two of his friends to the annual event staged by the UI Athletic Department with the support of Alliant Energy. “We attended last year’s Kids Day and had a ball. And, how could you not attend this year? we’re so excited about the start of the season, and what a beautiful day!” Frank Jones of Waterloo was singing the same tune. “It’s a great day to be a Hawkeye!” he said. “The sun is shining and the season opener is only three weeks away. We can’t wait.” Iowa opens its 2004 season against Kent State in the “Throwback Game” on Saturday, Sept. 4. A limited number of tickets remain for that game and Iowa’s season finale against Wisconsin in November.

A crowd estimated to be in excess of 4,000 enjoyed a sneak peek at the nationally ranked Iowa Hawkeyes during the annual “Kids Day at Kinnick” event staged Sunday under sun-filled skies at the UI’s historic football venue.

The Hawkeyes’ home dates with Iowa State and Ohio State are already sellouts, and single-game sales have been suspended for Iowa’s games with Michigan State and Purdue. “Sales continue to be strong, very strong,” said David Sandstrum, the UI’s assistant athletic director for ticket operations. “We have to wait to see how student season ticket sales and the four-game season ticket packages go before we determine whether single-game tickets are available for the two suspended events.” Sandstrum said Iowa’s season opener is also fast approaching a sellout. “Fans who want to see a game inside Kinnick Stadium this season shouldn’t delay,” he said.