Tailgating, parking options for Golden Eagle fans heading to Iowa opener
Aug 29, 2011
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech football fans planning to
make the trek to the midwest this weekend for the Golden Eagles'
season opener at the University of Iowa should take a few minutes
to learn their options for tailgating and parking at Kinnick
Kickoff Saturday is at 11:01 a.m., making for an early start for
fans planinng to include tailgating activities in their gameday
The University of Iowa has numerous special events planned for
Friday and Saturday, and a sellout crowd of 70,585 is expected, so
traffic will be heavy and parking will be at a premium around the
Tech returns home next week for its Tucker Stadium opener on
Thursday (Sept. 8). Kickoff against Maryville College is at 7 p.m.
The Magic 98.5 Tailgate Park opens at 4 p.m.
The game against Maryville features three special events --
Military Appreciation and Public Safety Night, Communiversity
Night, and First Tennessee Bank Poster Night.
For ticket information, or to order season tickets, visit or call
the Athletics Ticket Office in Eblen Center at 931-372-3940.
Additional information provided by Iowa is listed below.
Listed below is detailed information from the
Universty of Iowa regarding tailgating and other options at the
game at Kinnick Stadium:
Hawkeye fans can avoid traffic congestion and a shortage of
parking near Kinnick Stadium by taking advantage of other parking
facilities in the area and either using free shuttles or public
transportation, or walking to the games.
From downtown Iowa City, fans can ride free Cambus
“Athletic Event” shuttle buses to points near Kinnick
Stadium. Additionally, the Hawkeye Express train can be boarded
just minutes off of Interstate 80 on Highway 6 near the IHOP
restaurant and Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville. Parking is also
provided in university-owned parking lots located away from the
Parking adjacent to Kinnick Stadium is limited. Most parking
spaces are reserved for fans with pre-paid parking privileges.
Season ticket-holders who have access to priority parking lots as a
result of their annual contribution to the National I-Club are
required to prepay for their game-day parking. Permits cannot be
purchased at the lots on game day. Contact the UI Athletics Ticket
office at 319-335-9327 or 1-800-IA-HAWKS to purchase a pre-paid
parking permit for the 2010 football season. Parking permits do not
guarantee a spot.
A number of convenient parking alternatives are available to
Downtown Iowa City parking ramps are only a short walk from the
Pentacrest, where fans can catch the free Cambus “Athletic
Event” shuttles to Kinnick.
Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville offers free parking and close
proximity to the Hawkeye Express Train Depot. Free Hawkeye Express
parking is also available minutes off of Interstate 80 near the
IHOP restaurant. The train begins transporting fans three hours
before game time and resumes at the end of the third quarter until
90 minutes after the game end. Round-trip tickets are $10 and
children age 12 and under ride free.
Free parking for autos is available at Hancher Auditorium (Park
Road and North Riverside Drive), the Athletics Hall of Fame Lot at
the corner of Melrose and Mormon Trek Boulevard, and the Hawkeye
Commuter Parking Lot on Hawkeye Park Road, just off of Mormon Trek
or Melrose Avenue.
Beginning two hours before game time, the free Cambus
“Athletic Event” service will shuttle fans from the
Hancher, west campus Hawkeye Commuter and Hall of Fame parking lots
to locations near the stadium. The shuttles will also operate for
approximately 30 minutes after the game, taking riders back to
Riders can also catch regular Cambuses after the game at the
Veterans Administration Hospital on Newton Road, at the Center for
Disabilities and Development loop, or at Slater Hall. Buses will
not have access to the bus stop at Hospital Ramp 2 immediately
after the game, as that portion of Hawkins Drive will be closed to
traffic for one hour after the game.
Public parking on football Saturdays is permitted at the Iowa
Memorial Union Parking Ramp, the North Campus Parking Ramp and Lot
11 (behind the Johnson County Jail). The charge is 90 cents
$15 parking for automobiles is available at Hospital Ramp No.
4, the Finkbine Commuter Parking Lot (Hawkins Drive), the Finkbine
Golf Course grass driving range (weather permitting), Lower
Finkbine Lot, Softball Complex Lot, and the Myrtle Avenue Lot.
Hospital Ramp No. 2 is reserved exclusively for fans with
disabilities and UI Hospitals and Clinic patients. Hospital Ramp
No. 1 is reserved for patients and visitors; no football parking is
allowed. Hospital Ramp 3 is reserved for permit holders only.
Recreational vehicles may park at the Hawkeye Commuter Lot, the
Hall of Fame Lot, the Softball Complex Lot, the Lower Finkbine Lot,
and the hard surface only lot at the Finkbine Golf Course. There is
a $30 charge for recreational vehicles and a $40 charge for cruiser
Pull behind trailers/5th wheels are not permitted in reserved
lots; however, space is available in the Hawkeye Commuter lot west
of Finkbine Golf Course off of Mormon Trek.
The Alcohol Free Lot (Lot 14, south of Slater Residence Hall)
is available only for automobiles at $15.
UI-owned cashiered parking lots will be open for overnight
parking beginning at 7 p.m. on Fridays before games. Likewise,
overnight parking is allowed after 4:30 p.m. on Fridays at the
Hawkeye Commuter Lot on Hawkeye Park Road near Iowa City West High
School and at Lots 11 and 64 south of Burlington Street at Madison
and Prentiss Streets.
Parking spaces are for vehicles only. The use of a parking space
for other reason, such as portable grills, tents and chairs is not
permitted. Likewise, saving spaces for other motorists is not
Beer trucks, panel trucks, rental trucks, and buses with storage
decks on top are not allowed in UI parking lots or ramps. Likewise,
kegs and open bars are prohibited in those areas. Amplified sound
(which must be confined to tailgate area,) LP and charcoal grills
are permitted only in parking lots and are prohibited in parking
ramps. Open wood fires or wood fires in portable fire pits are not
permitted in any UI lot or ramp.
All UI parking lots and ramps must be vacated two hours after
For safety reasons, Evashevski Drive (old Stadium Drive) north
of Kinnick Stadium will be closed to vehicles when pre-game and
post-game pedestrian traffic becomes heavy. In addition, Melrose
Avenue at the corner of Hawkins Drive will be closed to vehicular
traffic going west approximately one hour before game time to
increase safety of pedestrian traffic.