Parking LOT Policies


Selected UI parking lots (Lots 33, 40, 43, 65, 71, 75, 85 and Myrtle) are open for entry from 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. the night before all home football games. The lots will re-open for entry at 6:00 a.m. the morning of game day. All other parking lots are open for entry at 6:00 a.m. on the day of each home football game.

Following each home football game, RV owners will be allowed to spend the night in the parking lot but are asked to depart from the UI parking lots by 9:00 a.m. the day after the game.

Activities in Carver-Hawkeye Arena may require an adjustment in the opening of some parking lots. Please check back here the Tuesday of each game week for any changes to the lot opening and/or departure times.

Bands / Ampliphied Sound

Speakers that can stand alone or are connected to an amplifier are NOT allowed. Small "boom boxes" are permitted but the sound cannot extend past tailgate area. Live musical bands are not allowed at tailgating sites. This policy is intended to protect the enjoyment of other fans. Musical tastes and tolerable noise levels vary greatly from tailgate party to tailgate party.




Only vehicles with a valid football parking pass are allowed in UI parking lots. Taxi and Ubers without a valid football parking pass are NOT allowed inside UI parking lots on game days.


The UI uses the following definitions for vehicles: a car is any car, pick-up truck or SUV. A recreational vehicle (RV) is any vehicle that includes a restroom. Travel trailers, “5th wheels” or pull-behind trailers are not allowed in any UI parking except the Hawkeye Commuter Lot (Lot 85).

designated areas / use of spaces

Automobiles and RVs may park only in designated areas. In order to efficiently use every parking lot, specific locations are assigned for automobiles and RVs. The use of a parking space for other reasons, such as portable grills, games tents, chairs, etc. is not permitted in non-reserved areas. For reserved parking lots, a parking space used for other reasons is only permitted if a parking pass is presented for specific space not used for vehicle.


Saving parking spaces for other motorists is not permitted in any lot. Parking on the UI campus is on a first come-first served basis except in lots with reserved spaces


Tailgating is not permitted in travel lanes on roads or parking lots. No tents, chairs or other items may be placed or extend into travel lanes. Any non-adherence to this policy may result in UI Police officers requiring the tent, tarp or canopy be removed. There are a limited number of parking spaces on the University of Iowa campus for the 70,000 fans that attend games. It is important to make every space available to use for parking. They can also cause tailgate parties to overflow into travel lanes causing a hazard for other vehicles and the passage of emergency vehicles.