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After nearly two years, Iowa football fans are returning to Kinnick Stadium for Saturday’s home opener vs. Indiana.
And this year brings a lot of changes: No paper tickets, cash won’t be accepted at concessions stands and paid parking lots (credit or debit cards only), and beer and alcohol will be sold in the stadium for the first time.
Here’s what you need to know about game day in Iowa City:
Digital tickets and parking passes
All parking passes and tickets for home games will now be accessed on mobile devices, delivered via email or text message, according to the university’s athletics website. Printed PDF tickets and parking passes will not be accepted on game day.
Fans are encouraged to download their tickets and parking passes to the mobile wallet on their smartphones or watches before arriving at Kinnick, where cellular service can be spotty on game day.
For directions on how to access digital tickets, visit this how-to page from the university.
There will be Mobile Ticket Assistance Booths at:
- Gate A, West of Krause Family Plaza
- Gate H
- Ticket Office Window
Parking and street closures
The Hawkeye Express train is no more, but free parking is available at the Hancher, Hawkeye Commuter and Hall of Fame lots with free shuttle service to Kinnick.
Cash will not be accepted at paid parking lots. Credit and debit cards will only be accepted. For fans who purchase parking passes in advance, your passes will be digital only. Printed parking passes and hang tags will not be accepted on game day.
Beginning this fall, UI Athletics-managed parking lots will open no more than six hours before kickoff and no earlier than 6 a.m. on game day. Tailgating also will not be allowed following games starting after 6 p.m.
Cashless concessions, plus beer and alcohol sales
Cash will not be accepted at concession stands inside Kinnick. Credit and debit cards will be accepted.
Beer, wine and hard seltzers will be sold inside Kinnick Stadium for the first time this season. Outside alcohol of any kind is not permitted inside.
Iowa football beer and alcohol policies:
- You must be 21 to purchase alcohol.
- A valid ID is required for every sale.
- Limit two drinks per transaction.
- No sales or service to anyone believed to be or who is visibly intoxicated.
- Underage drinking is illegal.
- Purchasing or providing alcohol to minors is illegal.
- Guests who violate this policy may be ejected and risk arrest and loss of ticket privileges.
- Sales will start when the gates or doors open.
- Sales will end at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
COVID rules and masking
The Iowa City mask mandate recently put in place does not apply to Kinnick Stadium and other UI athletics facilities, the university says. The UI strongly encourages fans to wear face masks, but they are not required.
Fans also are not required to be vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before entering the stadium.
Get a COVID vaccine at the Iowa game
Hy-Vee will host a walk-up COVID-19 and flu vaccination clinic before the game, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The Hy-Vee Healthy You Mobile clinic will be parked near the West Campus Transportation Center building (northwest corner of Kinnick Stadium across from Gate H). No appointment necessary.
Individuals will have the option to receive Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine, Moderna vaccine or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are available to people 12 years of age and older.