The University of Iowa football team will open its 2007 season against Northern Illinois University on Saturday, Sept. 1, at Soldier Field in Chicago. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. (Iowa time) and the game will be televised live to a national television audience on ESPNU.
The visit to the Windy City will be a first for the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Labor Day Weekend match-up between teams from the Big Ten Conference and the Mid-American Conference will also be the first football game played between NCAA Division I opponents in the facility that overlooks Lake Michigan since the completion of a multi-year, multi-million dollar renovation was completed in 2003.
The game is the second in a home-and-neutral site series for the Hawkeyes and the Huskies. Iowa defeated Northern Illinois 24-14 last October in a game played before a sellout crowd inside historic Kinnick Stadium.
The game is sold out. A limited number of private suites are available for rental. Fans interested in this option should contact Soldier Field.
Gates to Soldier Field will open at 12:30 p.m. on game day. The Will Call window will be located at Gate 10 and will open at 10:30 a.m.
Soldier Field Information
Click HERE to enter the world wide web site of Soldier Field, soldierfield.net, or call (312) 235-7000.
Soldier Field parking lots will open at 7 a.m. on game day and will close two hours after the end of the game. The cost is $30 for cars and $60 for recreation vehicles and buses. On game day, RVs and buses will be required to park in the Adler Lot located northeast of Soldier Field.
Friday night parking for RVs is available in the South Lot located immediately south of Soldier Field at a cost of $80 (total cost for Friday and game day; vehicle will remain in South Lot on game day). The South Lot will open Friday at 1 p.m. and close at 10 p.m., Friday. Please note: No vehicles of any kind will be allowed into Soldier Field's South Lot before 1 p.m., Friday and after 10 p.m., Friday.
The South Lot will be patrolled by City of Chicago police during Friday night and inappropriate behavior including excessive noise will not be tolerated out of respect for the neighborhood located immediately west of Soldier Field and individuals who sleep in the boats in the harbor located immediately east of the facility.
Game day parking will also be available at McCormick Place.
Fans are discouraged from parking in the neighborhood immediately west of Soldier Field and Lake Shore Drive. Parking in this area requires a special parking permit. Vehicles that do not have the appropriate permit will be ticketed and towed.
Click HERE to go directly to the page of soldierfield.net that includes driving directions and parking instructions.
Leave These Items in the Car!
Similar to historic Kinnick Stadium, a variety of items will not allowed inside Soldier Field on game day. The list of prohibited items includes backpacks, umbrellas, strollers and bags larger than 8 1/2 x 11 x 12 inches. Clear plastic bags, diaber bags, purses smaller than the size noted, fanny packs, soccer shoe bags and camera cases are allowed in. Soldier Field does not have a check room, so fans are encouraged to leave prohibited items in their vehicle. For more information call (319) 235-7000 or click HERE to enter the world wide web site of Soldier Field, soldierfield.net.
Official Hawkeye Huddle
The National I-Club and the UI Alumni Association encourages fans of the Hawkeyes and friends of the University of Iowa to attend a Hawkeye Huddle scheduled for Friday, Aug. 31, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Chicago's Navy Pier. Click HERE for more information about this Hawkeye Huddle and the others that are scheduled for the 2007 football season.
Information about the game and other activities that are scheduled around it by the University of Iowa will be added to this page when plans are definitive.
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