Iowa Will Hold Open Football Practice Saturday

Aug. 14, 2012

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa football team will stage an open practice on Saturday, August 18, in Kinnick Stadium. Kinnick Stadium will open at 11 a.m. with practice scheduled from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m.

Fans planning to attend should enter Kinnick Stadium at Gate E. Limited football posters, schedule cards and magnets will be available inside Gate E.

Regular season game-day search procedures will be in place. Fans will have access to only the west grandstands. There will be no autograph session following practice and concession stands will not be open.

Fans are reminded, the possession of an open container of beer or wine or consumption of hard liquor on University property, including parking lots, is prohibited by law. Law enforcement officers will be asking fans to empty containers and citations will be issued, if the case arises.

Free parking will be available in Lot 43 west of Kinnick Stadium, Lot 75 south of Carver-Hawkeye Arena and Lot 46 west of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The normal fee will be charged in the parking ramps. There is no reserved parking available and parking will not be available in Krause Family Pavilion.

Iowa opens the season Saturday, Sept. 1, meeting Northern Illinois at Chicago’s Soldier Field (2:35 p.m., ESPNU). Tickets for the opening game remain available through all Ticketmaster outlets.

Kick off the 2012 season with up to 2,000 Hawkeye fans for a game day tailgate bash right outside Soldier Field. The party will go from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 1 on the East Lawn, immediately outside the east side of Soldier Field and will feature live music. Order online at or call (319) 626-8286 to order by phone. Space is strictly limited to 2,000 Hawk fans.

The opening game is followed by four straight games in Kinnick Stadium, beginning Sept. 8 as Iowa hosts Iowa State (2:30 p.m., BTN) in the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series battle. Fry Fest will also be held the weekend of the opening home game. For more information about the 2012 Fry Fest, visit or call the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at (800) 283-6592.

Additional home games include Northern Iowa (Sept. 15, 2:30 p.m., BTN), Central Michigan (Sept. 22, TBA), Minnesota (Sept. 29, Homecoming, 11 a.m.), Penn State (Oct. 20, 7 p.m., BTN), Purdue (Nov. 10, TBA) and Nebraska (Nov. 23, 11 a.m., ABC).