The Gold Rush Game

Jan. 6, 2006

Fans of the Hawkeyes “blacked out” Kinnick in October when the Iowa Hawkeyes entertained Michigan in a game that had a major impact on the 2005 Big Ten Conference college football season.

What’s next? That’s easy – “The Gold Rush Game” – Tuesday, Jan. 24, when nationally ranked Indiana comes to Carver-Hawkeye Arena for a college basketball game that will be televised live by ESPN. Tipoff is set for shortly after 8 p.m.

“We had so much success with the football activity that it only made sense to ask Coach (Steve) Alford if he had an interest in a similar event,” said UI Associate Athletics Director Rick Klatt, who noted that plans are also in the works for a women’s basketball game in February.

“Steve enjoyed the `Blackout’ but he thought gold would work better in the Arena and for the audience watching the game on ESPN. So, here we go again,” Klatt added.

Like “Black Out Saturday,” fans of the Hawkeyes who will be in the Arena on Jan. 24 are encouraged to show their support for Alford’s squad by digging something out of their closet gold in color. And, for those who are looking to add to the Hawkeye wardrobe, a souvenir t-shirt has been created and will be available for purchase beginning this weekend.

“There’s no doubt that the energy in the Arena will be at fever pitch. It promises to be a great game. Our goal is to simply add another layer of energy and excitement, and to provide visible support for the Hawkeyes,” Klatt said.