Game Time and TV Set For Season Opener

June 4, 2007

IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa’s football season opener against Northern Illinois on Sept. 1 will be televised by ESPNU with kickoff set for 2:30 p.m. (CDT). The two teams are set to square off in Chicago’s Soldier Field. The announcement came today from Northern Illinois athletic officials, as the Huskies are the home team.

The “Soldier Field Showdown” will mark the first NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) contest at Soldier Field since the 2003 renovation of the historic facility, and will also mark the first appearance for Iowa or Northern Illinois at the famed lakefront stadium. Soldier Field’s capacity is 61,500.

This will be the 65th straight Hawkeye football contest to be televised. Iowa’s game against Northern Illinois last year (won by the Hawkeyes, 24-14) was also shown on ESPNU. The Hawkeyes appeared on ESPNU three times last season (Montana, Purdue and Northern Illinois).

The game is the second of a two-game series for the Hawkeyes and Huskies. Iowa defeated Northern Illinois last October in a game played before a sellout crowd at historic Kinnick Stadium.

Ticket Information
The UI Athletic Ticket Office is currently accepting ticket orders for this special event from season ticket holders and non-season ticket holders. All orders will be filled on the UI’s Priority Point System. If demand for tickets from fans of the Iowa Hawkeyes exceeds the supply of tickets available to the University of Iowa, an order may not be filled and a full refund issued.

Current UI football season ticket holders are asked to place their ticket order online by clicking HERE.

Non-season ticket holders can place their ticket order online by clicking HERE.

Soldier Field Information
Click HERE to enter the world wide web site of Soldier Field,

Parking Information
Click HERE to go directly to the page of that includes driving directions and parking instructions.

Official Hawkeye Huddle
The National I-Club and the UI Alumni Association encourages fans of the Hawkeyes and friends of the University of Iowa to attend a Hawkeye Huddle scheduled for Friday, Aug. 31, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Chicago’s Navy Pier. Click HERE for more information about this Hawkeye Huddle and the others that are scheduled for the 2007 football season.

Click HERE to learn more about the Big Ten Network.