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Iowa announces two games sold out, as is student section

Student sales jump 35 percent from 2015

Spectators hold up their phones for an impromptu light display during a time out in the second half as the Hawkeyes faced Minnesota at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, November 14, 2015. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Spectators hold up their phones for an impromptu light display during a time out in the second half as the Hawkeyes faced Minnesota at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, November 14, 2015. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — Iowa’s home football games against Michigan and Iowa State are sold out, as is its 8,200 student season-ticket allotment, the school announced Friday.

With the sellout status, Iowa’s athletics department will stop selling season tickets and three-game ticket packages. Single-game tickets remain for the remaining five contests.

After a few years of struggling to fill the Kinnick Stadium student section, Athletics Director Gary Barta said the student sellout status represented a 35 percent boost over 2015.

“Student attendance plays a key role in the atmosphere within Kinnick Stadium on game day,” Barta said in a statement. “And, we want our students to enjoy the experience and become Hawkeye fans for life.”

Both games against Iowa State (Sept. 10) and Michigan (Nov. 12) are held at night. Iowa has less than 2,500 tickets available for home dates against border rival Wisconsin (Oct. 22) and five-time FCS champion North Dakota State (Sept. 17). The Hawkeyes open against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 3. Other home games include Northwestern (Oct. 1) and Nebraska (Nov. 25).

The Hawkeyes finished last year with a 12-2 overall record and won the Big Ten West Division championship. Iowa’s only sellout was against Minnesota on Nov. 14.

Iowa has relaxed postgame tailgating time limits for day games but not for the two night games. The university also will implement a clear-bag policy for 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches.

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