The Iowa athletics director now is targeting a Purdue sellout crowd for Senior Day.
The University of Iowa, led by athletic director Gary Barta, is trying to rally fans to fill Kinnick Stadium for the undefeated football team’s home finale Saturday.
As of Monday morning, there were more than 9,000 tickets available for the 11 a.m., ESPN2-televised game against Purdue. With a win, the 10-0 Hawkeyes would clinch the Big Ten West Division title and earn a spot in the Dec. 5 conference championship game in Indianapolis.
In an e-mail distributed Sunday night, Barta said in part, “This will be the final appearance in Kinnick for 21 seniors who are the backbone of this record-setting collection of Hawkeyes, a group that will be playing for a perfect 7-0 record at home this fall and the opportunity to be crowned champion of the West Division of the Big Ten Conference. … We need you there to share in these special accomplishments.”
No. 6 Iowa enjoyed its first sellout crowd (70,585) of the 2015 season in Saturday night’s 40-35 win over Minnesota.
Face value for tickets is $65. Hy-Vee Fuel Saver card-holders can go online at Hawkeyesports.com to purchase a set of four for $47 apiece and receive a $30 Hy-Vee gift card as part of that promotion. Also, existing season ticketholders can purchase additional seats for $30 apiece by calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS or visiting the ticket office at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. This also is a game that Iowa offers $25 seats for kids high school age or younger.
Despite sales around 61,000, tickets have been going fast -- with nearly 5,000 sold in the past week. In mid-October, it was announced that 20,000 tickets were available for the Purdue game.
Matchup: Iowa (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) vs. Purdue (2-8, 1-5)
When, where: 11 a.m., Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City
TV: ESPN2 (Announcers: Beth Mowins Anthony Becht)
The line: Iowa is favored by 20
Black Friday: Iowa's season finale at Nebraska on Nov. 27 will begin at 2:30 p.m. and be televised on ABC.