Iowa football game day: Tailgating, parking, alcohol, Kinnick Stadium rules

Press-Citizen staff
Hawkeye fans, from left, Morgan O'Conner, Jim Khana, Lance Neddler, and Eric Dolash pose for a photo while tailgating prior to the start of Iowa's game against Northern Iowa on Saturday in Iowa City. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register)

Much of the excitement surrounding Iowa football happens before any passes are thrown, field goals are kicked or touchdowns are scored. Upward of 70,000 Hawkeye fans convene around Kinnick Stadium before, during and after each home game in a lavish spectacle of Iowa’s football culture.

Soak up the full gameday experience by cracking open a beer, throwing a ball and indulging in as much tailgate fare as you can handle. Single day parking rates range from $20 for a car to $50 for an RV. Season passes are available in advance through the UI Athletics Ticket Office. 

More:Where to tailgate for Iowa football games in Iowa City

More:  Where to park, plus info on the Hawkeye Express train

Celebrate safely (and legally) 

No tobacco. No tobacco of any kind is allowed on campus or inside Kinnick Stadium. This includes e-cigarettes.

No hard liquor. Beer and wine are the only alcoholic beverages allowed in UI parking areas. State law prohibits hard liquor consumption or possession of an opened bottle of hard liquor on public property.

Iowa City open container ordinance will be strictly enforced. Individuals walking or driving to UI property on public sidewalks/roads with visible, open alcohol containers will be subject to citation. 

No stand-alone speakers or amplifiers. Small stereos are permitted but the sound cannot extend past your tailgate area. Live musical bands are not allowed.

No open bars. Any activity resembling the distribution of alcohol similar to that found in a bar or tavern is prohibited. Drinking games that require rapid or large amounts of alcohol, beer bongs or consumption are subject to intervention. 

Public intoxication and public urination are not permitted. 

Grilling. Liquid propane and charcoal grills, and liquid propane heaters are permitted in parking lots but prohibited in parking ramps. Charcoal must be disposed of in designated containers.

Tents are permitted but may not impede foot or vehicular traffic. 

Inflatables and drones. Inflatables such as balloons and blimps are prohibited from being flown or tethered from vehicles. Drones are not allowed without prior permission from UI Police.

Know when to leave. Tailgating is not allowed following games starting after 6 p.m.

Frank Long cooks burgers at at tailgate near Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City before the Iowa vs Penn State game on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017.

If you attend the game

Clear bag policy: UI has adopted a clear bag policy modeled after the NFL. Bags must be clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and not exceed 12 inches tall, 12 inches wide and 6 inches deep. Purses, handbags, backpacks and cinch bags will not be permitted. Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap and no larger than 4.5-by-6.5 inches will be allowed. Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at the gates. Bag check-in will be available in the Recreation Building, beginning two hours before the game, and continuing until one hour after the game.

Items allowed inside Kinnick Stadium: 

  • Bags that meet the clear bag policy guidelines
  • Small clutch bags no larger than 4.5-by-6.5 inches
  • Binoculars
  • Blankets
  • Seat cushions
  • One sealed plastic water bottle per person
  • Food contained in a 1-gallon clear plastic bag.
  • Patrons with infants will be permitted to bring a diaper bag. 

Items prohibited inside Kinnick Stadium: 

  • Backpacks
  • Purses
  • Handbags
  • Cinch bags
  • Tobacco of any kind (including e-cigarettes)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Coolers
  • Kegs
  • Hydration packs
  • Thermoses
  • Canned or bottled beverages (except sealed plastic water bottles)
  • Banners and signs
  • Footballs
  • Personal seat backs
  • Large cameras with lenses over 6 inches
  • Video cameras
  • Tripods
  • Umbrellas
  • Strollers
  • Noisemakers
  • Horns
  • Bugles
  • Any other disruptive device and weapons of any kind.

No re-entry into the stadium if you leave during the game.

Stay off the field: Spectators are at no time before, during and after a game permitted to enter the playing field.

Need help? Customer service staff will be outside and inside the stadium to assist with questions or concerns. Staff members will be wearing lime green shirts and coats near the gold “Information” flags and tents.

Important game day contacts

UI Police: 319-335-5022

UI Police Game Day Headquarters: 319-335-9306. Inside Kinnick on the west concourse, near section 123

UI Hospitals and Clinics Emergency Room: 319-356-2233

Game Day Hotline: 319-384-3000. You can report emergencies (medical or intolerable behavior) at this number. UI staff will assist and dispatch the appropriate response. 

Game Day Text Messaging: 69050. Report issues with your neighbors in the stands stadium by sending a text message to 69050, then type the word “IOWA” followed by the issue and location. UI staff will dispatch the appropriate response.

First aid station: Inside Kinnick on the south concourse, near section 212.

More info at footballgameday.hawkeyesports.com