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Beer options will be ample at Kinnick Stadium
3 Eastern Iowa beers will be available along with national brands
Beer afficionados, your choices at Kinnick Stadium this football season won’t be limited to mass-produced corporate brew.
Eastern Iowa beermakers Backpocket, Big Grove and SingleSpeed will be sold at Iowa Hawkeyes football games, starting with the Sept. 4 season-opener.
For those with, er, broader tastes? Bud Light, Busch Light, Coors Light, Michelob Ultra and Bud Light Seltzer also will be available. Wine, too.
The University of Iowa announced in June that it would become the eighth Big Ten Conference school to sell beer and wine at its sporting events. Iowa senior associate athletics director Matt Henderson spoke Tuesday about what fans can expect, alcohol-wise, at Kinnick.
“The concession stands in the concourses that we have always had will remain and those stands will be your standard concession fares,” Henderson said. “But we have utilized the spaces on the east and west concourses, kind of the entries into the stadium, and have added the beer and wine sales to those locations.
“There’s 31 additional locations that have been added throughout the stadium that we’ll be able to implement.
“The majority of the sales will be 16-ounce cans in the north end because we have just completed the renovations there. There is more ability to do draft (beer) sales on the upper level, the third and the main concourse. But the majority is canned.”
Rules: Customers can purchase a maximum of two drinks at a time. All customers must present an ID. Domestic beer will cost $8.50, premium beer $9.50. Wine is $8. Alcohol service will be halted before the start of the fourth quarter.
Big Grove and Backpocket are based in Johnson County. SingleSpeed is from Waterloo-Cedar Falls.
“We had them in the premium areas already,” Henderson said, referring to the press box and suites seats in which people have been able to purchase alcohol since the 2006 season.
“Our concessionaire (Aramark) was really the one responsible for the selection and the sales.”
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