April 24, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will hold its annual Iowa Football Spring Practice, presented by Coke Zero, Saturday. The team practice and scrimmage will begin at 2 p.m. inside Kinnick Stadium. Gates open at 1 p.m. for the session that is expected to last approximately two hours and will include a "controlled scrimmage" near its conclusion.
The Hawkeye Sports Network will be on the air from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, with Gary Dolphin and Ed Podolak calling the action and discussing spring football. Stations carrying the broadcast include KXIC-AM (800) Iowa City, WMT-AM (600) Cedar Rapids, WHO-AM (1040) Des Moines, WOC-AM (1420) Davenport, KDTH-AM (1370) Dubuque, KGLO-AM (1300) Mason City, KBUR-AM (1490) Burlington, KCZE-FM (95.1) New Hampton, KUOO-FM (103.9) Spirit Lake and KSCJ-AM (1360) Sioux City.
In addition, the practice session can be viewed live on BTN2Go. BTN will broadcast the practice on a tape-delayed basis at 7 p.m. CT, on Sunday, April 28. Brent Balbinot and former Hawkeye Sean Considine will call the action, with sideline reports and interviews with former KCRG-TV sports director John Campbell.
There is no admission charge. Fans are invited to join forces with the UI Athletics Department, the Iowa Farm Bureau, and the Johnson County Crisis Center in the second annual ANF Food Bank Drive. Fans are invited to bring non-perishable food items to the annual open practice. To encourage donations, the first 5,000 fans who make a donation of canned food items will receive a souvenir ANF "Farm Strong" poster featuring Casey Wiegmann, who last fall was the first former Hawkeye to be named to the ANF Wall of Honor inside ANF Plaza at Kinnick. Collection trucks will be located near the Krause Family Plaza, just south of Kinnick Stadium.
The west and south grandstands will be open for spectators. Gates A and G will open at 1 p.m. Due to heightened safety and security concerns, fans are discouraged from bringing purses and bags to the event. Purses and bags will be subject to search or may be denied entry. Patrons should expect delays if they are attempting to carry bags into Kinnick Stadium on Saturday. There is no autograph session following the practice.
Parking will be available in all University parking lots adjacent to Kinnick Stadium. Fans with recreational vehicles will be able to park Friday after 7 p.m. in UI Lot 75 south of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Please note: normal daily parking rates will be in effect in the parking ramps adjacent to UI Hospitals and Clinics.
Pre-event activities will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in Krause Family Plaza at the south end of Kinnick Stadium. Roster cards for Saturday's practice will be available in Krause Family Plaza, along with limited schedule posters for the 2013 season. Selected members of Iowa's men's basketball team will be available for autographs between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.
Herky's Locker Room - the official team store of the Iowa Hawkeyes -- will stage its annual clearance sale on the southeast concourse of Kinnick Stadium from 8 a.m. until the conclusion of the football team's practice. Fans should enter Gate M for access to the clearance sale, which will feature 50 percent discounts. The event will move into the east concourse in the event of rain. In addition, Herky's Locker Room will have a trailer located at the Krause Family Plaza.
Fans are reminded that Iowa City ordinance prohibit the consumption of any alcoholic beverage on UI and public property, which includes UI parking lots and parking ramps. As in the past, the ordinance is in effect on the day of the annual open-to-the-public spring football practice.
Fans of the Iowa Hawkeyes who were general public and/or UI faculty/staff season ticket holders a year ago are reminded that the priority deadline to order their 2013 season tickets is Friday, April 26. Fans should note that away game ticket orders must also be submitted by April 26.
Fans who did not purchase general public and/or UI faculty/staff seasons tickets a year ago, but are interested in purchasing tickets for the 2013 season, should note that the UI Athletics Ticket Office is currently accepting requests for new season ticket holders and that the supply of season tickets available for purchase is limited. Requests must be made online at hawkeyesports.com and should be submitted by April 27.
The UI Athletics Ticket Office is currently accepting orders for 2013 UI student season tickets from current UI students. Students must place their order online and can do so at hawkeyesports.com. Students ordering their 2013 UI football season tickets will also have the opportunity to order their 2013-14 men's basketball season tickets this spring.
Questions concerning the purchase of general public, UI faculty/staff and UI student seasons tickets by current UI students should be directed to the UI Athletics Ticket Office. The office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office telephone number is 1-800-IA-HAWKS.
Iowa opens the 2013 football season Aug. 31, hosting Northern Illinois. The Hawkeyes host Missouri State the following Saturday before traveling to Iowa State on Sept. 14. The Hawkeyes close the non-conference portion of the schedule Sept. 21, hosting Western Michigan.