UI Announces Special Offer for Veterans

Oct. 23, 2006

IOWA CITY – Active and inactive members of the U.S. Military and Veterans, take note. The Iowa Hawkeyes want to celebrate Veterans Day 2006 with you at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will provide free admission to the home opener for Coach Steve Alford’s 2006-07 Iowa Hawkeyes against The Citadel on Monday, Nov. 13, to all active and inactive members of the U.S. Armed Forces and all Veterans.

Game time is set for 7 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

“We are reminded daily of the commitment and sacrifices made by the men and women who currently serve or served our country. We would be honored to have them join us in Carver-Hawkeye,” said UI Head Coach Steve Alford.

Veterans Day is celebrated each Nov. 11 which is recognized as the official end of World War I as a result of the armistice signed by representatives of the Allies and Germany. In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson noted the following in his “Armistice Day” proclamation:

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nation.”

In 1927, the Congress of the United States issued a resolution requesting President Calvin Coolidge to call upon officials to display the flag of the United States of America on all government buildings on Nov. 11 and inviting all citizens to observe the day. In 1938, Congress passed a bill that said Nov. 11 “shall be dedicated to the cause of world peace.”

Military personnel will receive free admission to Iowa’s 2006-07 season opener by presenting evidence of military service at the UI Athletic Ticket Office in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tickets can be secured in advance or on game day. Guests attending the game with military personnel will be charged the group rate of just $16 for their game ticket. Boys and girls high school age and younger will pay only $10 for their game ticket.

For more information, call the UI Sports Marketing Office at (319) 335-9431.

The Hawkeyes’ game against The Citadel is one of 16 regular season home games of the defending Big Ten Conference Tournament champions. Iowa will carry an 18-game home winning streak into the season opener. The Hawkeyes will make their first public appearance Saturday afternoon when the UI stages the 15th annual Black and Gold Basketball Blowout 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Iowa-Northern Illinois football game.

Young fans of the Hawkeyes will have a chance to wear their Halloween costume one more time Sunday night when Alford’s squad stages its annual Halloween Hoops event. Doors to the Arena will open at 5:30 p.m. Sunday for young and old fans of the Hawkeyes interested in watching the team practice, touring the Hawkeyes’ lockerroom and securing photographs and autographs.

Season, mini-season, single-game, discounted youth and discounted group tickets are available for purchase. For more information, call the UI Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800 IA-HAWKS. Fans can also review their ticket options and purchase tickets online by clicking HERE.

Veterans Day with the Hawkeyes
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