Headed to a Hawkeye home football game this fall? Here's what's new, when it comes to traffic, parking and more

Dargan Southard
Hawk Central

IOWA CITY, Ia. — With heavy construction and renovations going on in and around Kinnick Stadium, university officials offered up the following advice for handling gamedays:

Construction continues during a renovation project at Kinnick Stadium on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Iowa City, Iowa.

Kinnick Edge North End Zone Construction Project

Gates H and I are the two main North End Zone gates. There is also a new North Gate for fans to access. There will be accessible pathways from each gate.

The area will remain under construction throughout the season. Each game, elements will adjust based on the construction progress.

ADA seating will be on the main concourse in the loge boxes this season due to construction.

Evashevski Drive is closed and will be part of the concourse. Portable bathrooms and concessions will be located in the area.

Elevators will not be operational, but there are four stairwells for fans to access the Club and Upper levels.

The new North End scoreboard will not be complete until next season, but game and play clocks as well as score, down, and distance will be displayed.

The Bus Transportation Center will serve as a First Aid and cooling center for fans in the area.


Fans are encouraged to avoid the First Avenue I-80 exit due to construction and instead use the Coral Ridge Avenue or Dubuque Street exits off or the Melrose Avenue exit off of U.S. Highway 218.

Construction will impact the Myrtle Street parking lot. The lot will be accessible via Benton Street to Greenwood Drive. Riverside Drive will remain open with lane reductions, but will not have access to the Myrtle Street lot.

The Hawkeye Express returns for its 15th season this year. Fans can park and ride the train to the game for $15 per rider. All tickets are cash only and there is not a season pass for the train. The train will begin three hours prior to each game, regardless of kickoff time.

The usual Hawkins, South Hospital Drive and Melrose gameday closures will continue as in past years.


The clear bag policy will continue in 2018. Fans can bring clear bags of the appropriate size or a clutch (not to exceed 4.5” x 6.5”) to the game.

Visit footballgameday.hawkeyesports.com to see a list of what's allowed, tailgating rules and details for all gameday news and updates.


General Information

Tickets remain for all seven home games, with a limited number of tickets available for the Iowa State, UNI and Wisconsin games. Tickets to the games, and all-inclusive tailgate packages for Hawkeye Village, can be purchased through the Iowa Athletic Ticket Office at footballgameday.hawkeyesports.com.

The Hawkeye Tailgate will begin three hours prior to kickoff and host free fan activities, the pregame radio show, large video boards to watch early games, and fun activities for the kids.

The Hawkeye Tailgate also hosts the Hawk Walk, which welcomes the team to Kinnick Stadium two hours prior to kickoff each game.

The Hawkeye Marching Band and Iowa Spirit Squads will perform their traditional indoor show at the Hawkeye Indoor Track (formerly the Recreation Building) beginning 75 minutes prior to kickoff, then march to the stadium for pregame festivities.

Gates will open 90 minutes before kickoff with the Hawkeye Marching Band starting kicking the the pregame festivities off approximately 30 minutes prior to kickoff.

Dargan Southard covers Iowa and UNI athletics, recruiting and preps for the Des Moines Register, HawkCentral.com and the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Email him at msouthard@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.