University of Iowa officials will be on the lookout for illegal Hawkeye merchandise, such as bootleg logo t-shirts, being sold by non-licensed vendors at football games this fall.
In addition, UI Police and other law enforcement personnel will crack down on enforcing laws prohibiting underage consumption of alcoholic beverages and possession of open containers of liquor, beer and wine on public sidewalks and streets.
"We love seeing Hawkeye fans decked out in black and gold, but we do want to make sure that we protect our Hawkeye apparel licensees who abide by the rules regarding the production and sale of clothing and other items with our trademarks, such as the Tiger Hawk and Herky," said Dale Arens, director of UI Licensing.
State law prohibits the consumption of hard liquor and the possession of an open bottle of hard liquor on public property, which includes UI parking lots. People caught violating the law will be required to empty the bottle(s) and will be issued a citation.
Anyone in possession of an open container of alcohol (including beer, wine or hard liquor) on the sidewalks or streets on the way to Kinnick Stadium will be issued a citation and the beverage will be confiscated.
Within Kinnick stadium, unruly and disruptive fans may be ejected, university officials told the Pilot-Tribune.
Iowa has for many years had a reputation as a "party school," but UI officials are urging fans to use alcohol responsibly. They suggest having plenty of non-alcoholic beverages available, and serve adequate food to reduce the effects of alcohol. They ask drinkers to select a designated driver or stop serving and consuming alcohol several hours before attempting to drive.
President David Skorton and Kirk Ferentz, head football coach, are asking Hawkeye fans to cooperate in following safety guidelines in and around Kinnick Stadium this season.
"We're excited about the upcoming season, and we know that our fans have great expectations," Ferentz said. "I'm pleased that at least one sports publication has rated Kinnick Stadium as the best college football venue. Let's prove that's really the case by making the game-day experience one that entire families can enjoy."
"The loyalty and enthusiasm of Hawk fans are amazing," Skorton said. "Their respect for the team and for the game is immense."
Ferentz and Skorton noted that fans can help by observing the Big Ten Conference Fans' Creed: "Wear school colors with pride, cheer at the top of your lungs; sing our school song off-key; respect conference traditions; support our team, win or lose; and treat our visitors with respect."