Aug. 29, 2008
IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa’s football team’s 2008 season opener against Maine Saturday at historic Kinnick Stadium has reached sellout status, the UI Athletics Department announced today.
A limited number of “singles” – single seat locations scattered throughout the grandstands – will be available for purchase on game day at the ticket office locations in Carver-Hawkeye Arena and Kinnick Stadium.
“Our fans are tremendous and just as excited about the start of the college football season as we are.”
UI Director of Athletics
The sellout pushes the Hawkeyes’ string of consecutive sellouts at Kinnick to 31 straight games. The UI has previously announced 2008 home games against Iowa State, Wisconsin, Northwestern and Penn State as sellouts.
“Our fans are tremendous and just as excited about the start of the college football season as we are,” said Gary Barta, the UI’s director of athletics.
Barta said the UI reached sellout status by providing group rates to corporate partners and statewide organizations beginning in the spring. The UI also offered a group rate to UI faculty and staff and distributed about 700 complimentary tickets to survivors of the disasters that struck the state in the spring and summer and the “Community Heroes” who were so supportive of their friends, neighbors and co-workers.
“We have known since the games were added to our home schedule that this week and next week would present opportunities for us because of the low number tickets that would be purchased by the visiting teams. We are delighted that we were able to provide long-time corporate friends like AEGON USA and Heartland Express and others the opportunity to offer their employees a day at Kinnick,” said Barta.
“We were also pleased that we were able to offer `a day of normalcy’ to some survivors of the natural disasters and to honor Iowans who provided assistance to Iowans in trouble during those difficult weeks earlier this summer.”
Barta said his staff will now turn its attention to next week’s game against Florida International. Less than 2,400 tickets remain for that contest which will kick off shortly after 11 a.m. at Kinnick.