'Kids at Kinnick' Day Set for Saturday

Aug 13, 2013

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa football team will stage its annual “Kids at Kinnick” day this Saturday. Gates to Kinnick Stadium will open at 4 p.m. with the team’s practice scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Team members will sign autographs for 30 minutes following the approximate two-hour practice.

Prior to the action on the field, activities will begin in the Krause Family Plaza at 3 p.m. Hawkeye Fans are invited to visit the Elite Chevy Dealers Kid Zone in Krause Family Plaza for games, face painting, and to meet Herky. The Iowa mascot will be available for photos from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The UI Children’s Hospital and Noodles & Company will have displays for the kids and Blue Bunny will be serving cool refreshments. Also in Krause Family Plaza – – fans can have their picture taken with the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series trophy and sign up to win tickets to all 2014-15 Cy-Hawk events, courtesy of Iowa Corn. Fans can also register to win tickets to 2013 home games against Missouri State and Western Michigan.

Free parking will be available on hard surface lots, while normal ramp fees will be charged. Concession stands will be open, with items being sold at reduced prices.

Fans attending the open practice should enter Kinnick Stadium at Gates A (south end zone) and E (west side). Regular season game-day search procedures will be in place and fans will be allowed to sit in the south and west stands. Autograph items, such as football posters, schedule cards, magnets and rosters will be available inside both gates. Fans are discouraged from bring additional items to be autographed.

Fans should note that there will be no access to the playing surface of Kinnick. Fans are also reminded that the annual “Kids at Kinnick” activity is designed primarily for the enjoyment of younger fans. Therefore, 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.

Iowa opens its 2013 season Saturday, Aug. 31, hosting Northern Illinois (2:30 p.m., BTN). Additional home games include Missouri State (Sept. 7, 11 a.m., BTN), Western Michigan (Sept. 21, TBA), Michigan State (Oct. 5, Homecoming, 11 a.m.), Northwestern (Oct. 26, TBA), Wisconsin (Nov. 2, TBA); and Michigan (Nov. 23, TBA).

The UI Athletics Ticket Office is selling single-game tickets for Iowa’s seven home games to the general public. Single-game tickets are priced as follows: $70 each for Wisconsin and Michigan games; $65 each for Northern Illinois, Michigan State, and Northwestern; $60 for Western Michigan; and $55 for Missouri State. Discount-priced youth tickets, for boys and girls high school-aged and younger, are available for the Northern Illinois, Missouri State, and Western Michigan games at a cost of $25 each.

Tickets may be purchased online at hawkeyesports.com or by phone at 1-800 IA-HAWKS. The UI Athletics Ticket Office, located in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kinnick Stadium ticket windows (outside south end zone) will be open from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Fry Fest will also be held the weekend of the opening home game. For more information about the 2013 Fry Fest, visit FRYFest.com or call the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at 1-800-283-6592.