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UI Coach Tom Brands was one of the more than 13,000 who watched Iowa defeat Iowa State in wrestling inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena earlier this year.

UI Coach Tom Brands was one of the more than 13,000 who watched Iowa defeat Iowa State in wrestling inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena earlier this year.

Sept. 15, 2006

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IOWA CITY -- The UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will officially kick off its "March to a Million" Saturday when the nationally ranked University of Iowa football team entertains Iowa State in the annual Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series battle for gridiron supremacy in the state of Iowa.

Kickoff is set for shortly after 11 a.m. inside historic Kinnick Stadium and another sellout crowd of 70,585 will be in attendance.

The UI will track attendance at all home events in football, men's basketball, women's basketball, volleyball, wrestling, softball, baseball, men's and women's gymnastics - all events that either season tickets or single-event tickets are sold - and will track attendance at a group of "March to a Million" events in other varsity sports at the UI.

The UI will also track traffic inside the UI Athletics Hall of Fame, rounds of golf played at Finkbine Golf Course, and participation in select activities of the National I-Club. The target is to reach the goal of a million participants prior to Aug. 24, 2007 - one full calendar year after the Iowa volleyball team's victory over Drake on Aug. 25, 2006. That event was the first intercollegiate athletics competition staged this fall by the UI.

"The University of Iowa recently announced its plan to share with its friends `Remarkable' achievements of our institution. For the first time in our history we have the opportunity to actively engage a million fans of the Hawkeyes in the activities of our intercollegiate athletics program," said UI Director of Athletics Gary Barta.

"We believe that `Marching to a Million' promises to be fun for all involved from fans of our programs to the student-athletes who compete on behalf of our institution. It's also important and worthwhile to set goals and benchmarks and this activity also accomplishes that," said UI Director of Athletics Gary Barta.





"The University of Iowa recently announced its plan to share with its friends `Remarkable' achievements of our institution. For the first time in our history we have the opportunity to actively engage a million fans of the Hawkeyes in the activities of our intercollegiate athletics program."
UI Director of Athletics Gary Barta


When the final whistle blows on Saturday's football game at Kinnick Stadium, the UI will already be more than 10 percent to its goal. Iowa will have played its 19th straight sellout game inside historic Kinnick Stadium, a per-game total of 70,585 fans. Double that total to include Iowa's sellout crowd against Montana and another 4,471 fans who have attended the first six home matches of Coach Cindy Fredrick's UI volleyball team - including the school record 1,690 that watched the five-game battle with Iowa State - and fans of the Hawkeyes have already marched to the tune of 145,641 beats.

"We'll need to hit a few `home runs' to get to a million," said Rick Klatt, the UI`s associate athletics director for external affairs.

"For example, it would be great to have 10,000 or so in Carver-Hawkeye Arena for our women's basketball team's games against Louisiana Tech and Iowa State if not others, too. It would also be good to get 10,000 or so there for the wrestling meets against Iowa State and Minnesota."

Klatt said the "March to a Million" program will attempt to showcase the teams and student-athletes at the UI that don't' routinely land on page one of the sports section.

"We have talented student-athletes throughout the lineup of sports programs. We also have many new facilities that we also want friends of the UI and fans of the Hawkeyes to come and enjoy. We hope this program helps achieve those goals as well," said Klatt.

Will there be a lucky fan who is No. 1 million? Yes. Will that lucky fan win something "remarkable?" "You bet," said Klatt, adding that details of that selection process and what the winner will receive will be announced later this fall. Fans attending each of the designated "March to a Million" events will have a chance to win a variety of prizes at those events as well, he added.

"We want it to be fun. We also want to challenge everyone involved in our department to reach beyond their grasp and to invite our fans to come to our venues and our activities and become even more personally involved in all of our programs than they currently are," said Klatt.

THE IOWA HAWKEYES AND THEIR FANS
MARCH TO A MILLION

Sunday, October 8 -- Iowa Field Hockey vs. Northwestern
Friday, October 20 -- Iowa Soccer vs. Indiana
Sunday, October 29 -- Iowa Rowing - Head of Iowa
Friday, November 3 -- Iowa Volleyball vs. Illinois
Saturday, November 11 -- Iowa Football vs. Wisconsin
Wednesday, January 3 -- Iowa Women's Basketball vs. Purdue
Saturday, January 20 -- Iowa Men's Swimming vs. Ohio State
Saturday, January 20 -- Iowa Women's Swimming vs. Illinois
Sunday, February 4 -- Iowa Men's Gymnastics vs. Minnesota
Wednesday, February 14 -- Iowa Men's Basketball vs. Northwestern
Sunday, February 18 -- Iowa Wrestling vs. Minnesota
Friday, March 2 -- Iowa Women's Gymnastics vs. Southern Utah
Sunday, March 25 -- Iowa Women's Tennis vs. Ohio State
Saturday, March 31 -- Iowa Men's Tennis vs. Penn State
Saturday, April 14 -- Iowa Softball vs. Michigan
Saturday, April 21 -- Iowa Men's Track - Musco Twilight IX
Saturday, April 21 -- Iowa Women's Track - Musco Twilight IX
Sunday, May 20 -- Iowa Baseball vs. Michigan


ATTENDANCEDATEEVENT
802Aug. 25, 2006Volleyball versus Drake
802
+ 89Aug. 26, 2006Volleyball versus Chicago State
891
+ 1,690Aug. 26, 2006Volleyball versus Iowa State (New school record)
2,581
+ 4,500Sept. 1, 2006Kinnick Stadium Re-Dedication
7,081
+ 300Sept. 1, 2006VIP Re-Dedication Reception
7,381
+ 70,585Sept. 2, 2006Football versus Montana
77,966
+ 942Sept. 8, 2006Volleyball versus Tulane
78,908
+ 70Sept. 9, 2006Volleyball versus Missouri-Kansas City
78,978
+ 878Sept. 9, 2006Volleyball versus Florida Atlantic
79,856
+ 350Sept. 15, 2006Kinnick Society I-Club Dinner
80,206
+ 70,585Sept. 16, 2006Football versus Iowa State
150,791
+ 1,339Sept. 22, 2006Volleyball versus Penn State
152,130
+ 1,424Sept. 23, 2006Volleyball versus Ohio State
153,554
+ 2,000Sept. 30, 2006Fall I-Club Kickoff Reception
155,554
+ 70,585Sept. 30, 2006Football versus Ohio State
226,139
+ 4,127Sept. 2006Rounds of Golf at Finkbine Golf Course
230,266
+ 900Sept. 2006Visitors at the UI Athletics Hall of Fame
231,166
+ 2,615Sept. 2006Members attending I-Club events
233,781
+ 568Oct. 6, 2006Volleyball versus Indiana
234,349
+ 70,585Oct. 7, 2006Football versus Purdue
304,934
+ 772Oct. 7, 2006Volleyball versus Purdue
305,706
+ 253Oct. 8, 2006Field Hockey versus Northwestern
305,959
+ 1,251Oct. 20, 2006Volleyball versus Minnesota
307,210
+ 750Oct. 20, 2006Soccer versus Indiana(New school record)
307,960
+ 1,196Oct. 21, 2006Volleyball versus Wisconsin
309,156
+ 70,585Oct. 28, 2006Football versus Northern Illinois
379,741
+ 2,980Oct. 28, 2006Men's Basketball Black & Gold Blowout
382,721
+ 483Oct. 29, 2006Men's Basketball Halloween Hoops
383,204
+ 3,507Oct. 29, 2006Rowing, Head of the Iowa
386,711
+ 2,189Oct. 2006Rounds of Golf at Finkbine Golf Course
388,900
+ 1,100Oct. 2006Visitors at the UI Athletics Hall of Fame
390,000
+ 1,715Oct. 2006Members attending I-Club events
391,715
+ 2,447Nov. 1,2006Women's Basketball versus Northern State (Exhibition)
394,162
+ 1,432Nov. 3, 2006Volleyball versus Illinois
395,594
+ 70,585Nov. 4, 2006Football versus Northwestern
466,179
+ 1,312Nov. 4, 2006Volleyball versus Northwestern
467,491
+ 2,290Nov. 6, 2006Women's Basketball versus Concordia-St. Paul (Exhibition)
469,781
+ 12,286Nov. 10, 2006Men's Basketball versus Buena Vista (Exhibition)
482,067
+ 70,585Nov. 11, 2006Football versus Wisconsin
552,652
+ 9,120Nov. 13, 2006Men's Basketball versus The Citadel
561,772
+ 2,404Nov. 15, 2006Women's Basketball versus Indiana State
564,176
+ 2,420Nov. 17, 2006Women's Basketball versus Quinnipiac
566,596
+ 2,417Nov. 18, 2006Women's Basketball versus Florida International
569,013
+ 5,035Nov. 21, 2006Women's Basketball versus Louisiana Tech
574,048
+ 1,106Nov. 24, 2006Volleyball versus Michigan State
575,154
+ 4,905Nov. 25, 2006Wrestling versus Arizona State
580,059
+ 1,259Nov. 25, 2006Volleyball versus Michigan
581,318
+ 5,865Nov. 30, 2006Women's Basketball versus Iowa State
587,183
+ 513Nov. 2006Rounds of Golf at Finkbine Golf Course
587,696
+ 1,512Nov. 2006Visitors at the UI Athletics Hall of Fame
589,208
+ 5,755Nov. 2006Members attending I-Club events
594,963
+ 10,113Dec. 1, 2006Men's Basketball versus Texas-Pan American
605,076
+ 217Dec. 2, 2006Gymnastics - Black & Gold Intrasquad
605,293
+ 10,844Dec. 2, 2006Men's Basketball versus Coppin State
616,137
+ 2,914Dec. 3, 2006Women's Basketball versus Samford
619,051
+ 13,732Dec. 3, 2006Wrestling versus Iowa State
632,783
+ 11,047Dec. 5, 2006Men's Basketball versus Northern Iowa
643,830
+ 4,446Dec. 7, 2006Wrestling versus Coe and North Carolina State
648,276
+ 14,577Dec. 8, 2006Men's Basketball versus Iowa State
662,853
+ 3,192Dec. 19, 2006Women's Basketball versus Northern Iowa
666,045
+ 9,024Dec. 20, 2006Men's Basketball versus Georgia State
675,069
+ 10,350Dec. 23, 2006Men's Basketball versus Texas Southern
685,419
+ 10,990Dec. 30, 2006Men's Basketball versus Cornell
696,409
+ 14,738Dec. 30, 2006Football versus Texas: Alamo Bowl
711,147
+ 3,667Dec. 31, 2006Women's Basketball versus Ohio State
714,814
+ 733Dec. 2006Visitors at the UI Athletics Hall of Fame
715,547
+ 5,320Dec. 2006Members attending I-Club events
720,867
+ 3,096Jan. 3, 2007Women's Basketball versus Purdue
723,963
+ 11,469Jan. 4, 2007Men's Basketball versus Michigan State
735,432
+ 465Jan. 12, 2007Women's Gymnastics versus LSU
735,897
+ 15,500Jan. 13, 2007Men's Basketball versus Minnesota
751,397
+ 4,370Jan. 14, 2007Women's Basketball versus Michigan State
755,767
+ 214Jan. 20, 2007Swimming versus Ohio State (M) & Illinois (W)
755,981
+ 10,471Jan. 24, 2007Men's Basketball versus Penn State
766,452
+ 2,977Jan. 25, 2007Women's Basketball versus Minnesota
769,429
+ 382Jan. 27, 2007Men's Gymnastics versus Illinois-Chicago
769,811
+ 6,225Jan. 27, 2007Wrestling versus Wisconsin
776,036
+ 15,500Jan. 28, 2007Men's Basketball versus Wisconsin
791,536
+ 337Jan. 2007Visitors at the UI Athletics Hall of Fame
791,873
+ 160Jan. 2007Members attending I-Club events
792,033
+ 594Feb. 3, 2007Women's Gymnastics - Quad Meet
792,627
+ 15,500Feb. 3, 2007Men's Basketball versus Indiana
808,127
+ 231Feb. 4, 2007Men's Gymnastics versus Minnesota
808,358
+ 158Feb. 7, 2007Softball - Meet the Hawks Event
808,516
+ 3,159Feb. 8, 2007Women's Basketball versus Michigan
811,675
+ 5,035Feb. 11, 2007Wrestling versus Michigan State
816,710
+ 13,668Feb. 15, 2007Men's Basketball versus Northwestern
830,378
+ 13,668Feb. 15, 2007Women's Basketball versus Illinois
844,046
+ 4,587Feb. 16, 2007Wrestling versus Ohio State
848,633
+ 4,246Feb. 18, 2007Women's Basketball versus Penn State
852,879
+ 407Feb. 18, 2007Women's Gymnastics versus Oklahoma
853,286
+ 8,274Feb. 18, 2007Wrestling versus Minnesota
861,560
+ 560Feb. 19, 2007Iowa Baseball Lead-Off Dinner
862,120
+ 11,466Feb. 21, 2007Men's Basketball versus Purdue
873,586
+ 379Feb. 24, 2007Men's Gymnastics versus Nebraska
873,965
+ 2,537Feb. 25, 2007Women's Basketball versus Wisconsin
876,502
+ 493Feb. 2007Visitors at the UI Athletics Hall of Fame
876,995
+ 420Feb. 2007Members attending I-Club events
877,415
+ 290Mar. 2 & 3, 2007Iowa Football FanFest
877,705
+ 261Mar. 2, 2007Women's Gymnastics versus Southern Utah
877,966
+ 15,500Mar. 3, 2007Men's Basketball versus Illinois
893,466
+ 907Mar. 4, 2007Women's Gymnastics versus Iowa State
894,373
+ 444Mar. 23, 2007Baseball versus North Dakota State (DH)
894,817
+ 231Mar. 23, 2007Softball versus South Dakota State
895,048
+ 372Mar. 24, 2007Softball versus North Dakota State
895,420
+ 261Mar. 24, 2007Baseball versus North Dakota State
895,681
+ 372Mar. 24, 2007Softball versus Ball State
896,053
+ 30Mar. 25, 2007Women's Tennis versus Ohio State
896,083
+ 425Mar. 25, 2007Baseball versus North Dakota State
896,508
+ 671Mar. 25, 2007Softball versus Northern Illinois
897,179
+ 393Mar. 2007Rounds of Golf at Finkbine Golf Course
897,572
+ 490Mar. 2007Visitors at the UI Athletics Hall of Fame
898,062
+ 325Mar. 2007Members attending I-Club events
898,387
+ 40Apr. 1, 2007Men's Tennis versus Michigan
898,427
+ 655Apr. 3, 2007Softball versus Iowa State
899,082
+ 2,500Apr. 3, 2007Men's Basketball Coach Public Introduction
901,582
+ 207Apr. 6, 2007Baseball versus Penn State
901,789
+ 314Apr. 7, 2007Baseball versus Penn State
902,103
+ 223Apr. 8, 2007Baseball versus Penn State
902,326
+ 505Apr. 13, 2007Softball versus Michigan
902,831
+ 530Apr. 14, 2007Softball versus Michigan
903,361
+ 19,000Apr. 14, 2007Football Spring Game
922,361
+ 637Apr. 15, 2007Softball versus Michigan State
922,998
+ 801Apr. 17, 2007Baseball versus Northern Iowa
923,799
+ 357Apr. 18, 2007Softball versus Upper Iowa
924,156
+ 316Apr. 18, 2007Baseball versus Northern Illinois
924,472
+ 504Apr. 20, 2007Baseball versus Illinois
924,976
+ 537Apr. 20, 2007Softball versus Penn State
925,513
+ 619Apr. 21, 2007Softball versus Penn State
926,132
+ 1,128Apr. 21, 2007Baseball versus Illinois
927,260
+ 1,068Apr. 21, 2007Track - Musco Twilight Meet
928,328
+ 621Apr. 22, 2007Softball versus Ohio State
928,949
+ 463Apr. 22, 2007Baseball versus Illinois
929,412
+ 692Apr. 29, 2007Softball versus Western Illinois
930,104
+ 3,000Apr. 2007Rounds of Golf at Finkbine Golf Course
933,104
+ 600Apr. 2007Visitors at the UI Athletics Hall of Fame
933,704
+ 2,895Apr. 2007Members attending I-Club events
936,599
+ 333May 1, 2007Baseball versus Western Illinois
936,932
+ 243May 2, 2007Baseball versus Upper Iowa
937,175
+ 467May 2, 2007Softball versus Drake
937,642
+ 402May 4, 2007Baseball versus Indiana
938,044
+ 777May 5, 2007Softball versus Illinois
938,821
+ 638May 5, 2007Baseball versus Indiana
939,459
+ 1,053May 18, 2007Baseball versus Michigan
940,512
+ 1,183May 19, 2007Baseball versus Michigan
941,695
+ 862May 20, 2007Baseball versus Michigan
942,557
+ 4,200May 2007Rounds of Golf at Finkbine Golf Course
946,757
+ 805May 2007Visitors at the UI Athletics Hall of Fame
947,562
+ 2,810May 2007Members attending I-Club events
950,372
+ 4,805June 2007Rounds of Golf at Finkbine Golf Course
955,177
+ 2,785June 2007Visitors at the UI Athletics Hall of Fame
957,962
+ 1,140June 2007Members attending I-Club events
959,102