Parking & Traffic

 The closure of Hawkins Drive to vehicle traffic outside Kinnick Stadium on game day highlights a number of changes announced by University of Iowa Athletics in regards to Hawkeye home games this fall.

Beginning two-and-a-half hours prior to kickoff, Hawkins Drive will close to vehicle traffic between Melrose Avenue and Evashevski Drive.  That section of Hawkins Drive will be closed for two hours following the conclusion of the game.  

The limiting of vehicle traffic immediately outside the east stands of Kinnick Stadium will allow for increased entry options and safety for fans on the east side of the stadium.  Additional gates (J, K, L) will now be open for entry, providing additional options for entry and potentially shorter wait times.

Vehicles looking for access the University lots/ramps east of Hawkins Drive (Lots 14 and 49, Ramp 4), and private residents on and south of Melrose Avenue, must approach from Melrose (eastbound) or from Riverside Drive and Grand Avenue (westbound).

Emergency vehicles will continue to have access to Hawkins Drive to access emergency areas at UI Hospitals and Clinics.  Hospital visitors will continue to have access to the UIHC main entrance and access to Ramp 2, but will need to approach from the north on Hawkins Drive.  There will also be access to Ramp 4 when approaching from the south and east.

Charter bus parking, with limited availability, will be provided along Hawkins Drive.  Charter busses must enter off Hawkins Drive from the north when less than two-and-a –half hours prior to kickoff.  The $100 charter bus fee is cash only on game day, but a pre-paid option is available by contacting Rachael Bedell ( prior to noon on Wednesday of game week.  Bus parking is intended for groups dropping off and heading to the stadium or tailgating locations.  Tailgating is not allowed in the bus parking areas on Hawkins Drive.

A postgame traffic pattern change will be in affect on Melrose Avenue, as two lanes of traffic will be used for westbound vehicles from Evashevski Drive to US-218.  

Clear Bag Policy

Once again in 2017, the Kinnick Stadium Clear Bag policy will be in effect.  Fans can visit for full information on items allowed in Kinnick Stadium.  Express lanes for entry to Kinnick Stadium will be available at all gates except Gates E and I, for individuals entering the stadium without bags or other items that might need searched.

Entering Kinnick Stadium

As always, fans are encouraged to enter the stadium as early as possible.  All exterior entrance gates to Kinnick Stadium will open 90 minutes prior to kickoff.  Suite and Club ticket holders can access the press box through Gates D and F beginning two hours prior to kickoff.

ADA Parking & Shuttles

All ADA parking for Ramp 3 has been sold on a season basis, so those needing ADA parking on a single game basis should park in Ramp 4.  The cost is $20 by cash only, and all vehicles must have a state issued placard or license plate.

Complimentary ADA golf cart shuttles will begin two hours prior to kickoff and continue until one hour after the completion of the game.  ADA golf cart shuttle will pick up only at the designated locations pregame.  Following the game, ADA golf cart shuttles will pick up outside Gates M and H only.  A list of the pregame pick up locations can be found at (select parking), and click on ADA Pick-Up Locations graphic.


Hawkeye Express

The Hawkeye Express train, which transports fans to and from Kinnick Stadium, will once again be operational in 2017.  The cost for round trip is $15, and can be paid in cash only.  There is no parking pass trade-in option.  The train begins service three hours prior to games that begin at 11 a.m., and four hours for games that have any different start time.

The Hawkeye Express begins post-game service at the start of the fourth quarter and continues for 90 minutes following the conclusion of the game, or until all fans have been returned to their vehicles.  The post-game queuing lines will form to the north along Evashevski Drive so as not to impede vehicle and pedestrian traffic along Melrose Avenue.