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Per the Hawkeye Football feed on Twitter, Iowa will be holding an open practice on Sunday, April 14 at 1:30 at Valley Stadium.
Sunday is kinda weird. I suppose this way people can watch ISU practice on Saturday and Iowa on Sunday.
You can go watch ISU all you want buddy
Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
We're having a time-off freeze that day. The brass must be expecting rioting in the streets during the practice. DERP.
You be safe. Those West Des Moines kids will be packing iPhones.
The ones that aren't stolen at valley hs that day.
I don't really understand why Iowa is doing this, but whatever.
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The University of Iowa football team will hold an open practice at
Valley Stadium, West Des Moines, on Sunday, April 14. Iowa will conclude spring
drills with a final open practice in Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, April 27.
The open practice in West Des Moines will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Valley Stadium.
West and Southeast gates will open at noon. All seating will be general admission.
There is no admission charge for the practice, but a ticket will be required for
entry. Tickets will be available at the customer service counter of select Hy-Vee
locations in central and western Iowa beginning at 3 p.m., on Saturday, April 9.
The list of participating Hy-Vee stores is below. A limited number of tickets will
also be available at the UI Athletics Ticket Office in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
There will not be parking available at Valley Stadium, with the exception of limited
handicap parking available in the west parking lot. The Valley Church parking lot,
adjacent to Valley Stadium, will not be available until 1 p.m. Additional parking
will be available on a first-come-first served basis at: Valley Southwoods Freshman
High School, Jordan Creek Elementary, WDM City Hall, WDM Library and WDM Church,
surrounding the stadium. Due to limited parking, fans are encouraged to car pool
when possible. Access to most parking is available off of Fuller Drive and/or 39th
Concession stands within the stadium will be open. No outside food or drink will be
allowed in Valley Stadium.
"We are pleased to be able to bring our squad to West Des Moines and central Iowa,"
said Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz. "This is an opportunity for us to reach out to our
Central and Western Iowa Hawkeye fans that support us so loyally during the fall in
Kinnick Stadium. The staff of the West Des Moines Community School District has
been great to work with in putting all the details together. We appreciate the
cooperation we have received in the planning and organization and look forward to
No tailgating, including open frame grills, is allowed on West Des Moines Community
School District, city or Valley Church property, including before or after the
practice. Alcohol is not ever allowed on city or district property and all district
property, including Valley Stadium, is tobacco-free. There will not be a post-event
Iowa began spring drills on Wednesday, March 27. Iowa opens its 2013 season at home
against Northern Illinois on August 31.
The UI baseball team will also be in action in Des Moines on April 14, as the
Hawkeyes take on Kansas State at Principal Park. First pitch is scheduled for
approximately 3:30 p.m., following the completion of the Iowa Cubs game which starts
at 1:05 p.m.
PARTICIPATING HY-VEE STORE LOCATIONS
(Tickets will be available at the Customer Service Counter no later than 3 p.m.,
Saturday, April 9)
Des Moines Drugstore
West Des Moines
West Des Moines Drugstore
per Ferentz: "This is an opportunity for us to reach out to our Central and Western Iowa Hawkeye fans that support us so loyally during the fall in Kinnick Stadium."
I'd also say to maintain exposure in Des Moines. Obviously a lot of Hawk fans there, but this kind of suppresses ISU's attempt to make DSM a Cylcone town.
I think it's kind of a good idea, but reading the press release, sounds like a possibility to underwhelm. Very limited parking, no tailgating. Free tickets must be picked up through West and Central Iowa HyVees. No tickets available in Waterloo, CR or Iowa City.
EDIT: or just read Todd B's post above mine ^
The University of Iowa football team will hold an open practice at Valley Stadium, West Des Moines, on Sunday, April 14. Iowa will conclude spring drills with a final open practice in Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, April 27.
This post was edited by BarryZuckerkorn 12 months ago
The will is not here, the will is at my office next to the hot plate with the frayed wires.
So...there will not be any parking available at the actual stadium parking lot? Does this make sense to anybody?
How big is the Valley Church lot? I've got to think that this will be a well-attended event, and that parking could quickly become a big issue. Maybe not though.
I think it's a great idea, but I also agree with you and think they dropped the ball marketing it.
Did not catch this the first time around. Two open practices! April 14 in DSM. April 27 in Kinnick. This makes me much happier. Still think the DSM thing is poorly executed though.
This will also alleviate some attendance pressure for the DSM practice. Never been to Valley. What does it hold, 7-8K?
Yeah I get it, I just don't really see the need for it. It's fine, I'm just being grouchy.
But I completely agree with you on the "underwhelm" comment. No parking, no tailgating alone will throw some people out. Then you have to get a ticket beforehand, but can't just walk up and go in? Come on. Ain't nobody got time for that.
I think a lot of CR and IC people will just wait for the open practice at Kinnick rather than driving all the way to DSM. W'loo/CF is a tossup, since it's about equal-distant from DSM and IC, but based on some past "spring games" that I've attended, not that many people are going anyway.
According to this morning's Des Moines Register, all 14,000 free tickets that were available through Hy-Vee have been claimed. Assuming that's true--and I don't know why they'd lie as it would only keep them from giving away their full allotment by turning fans away--I don't think you need to worry about people being "underwhelmed." Valley's stadium holds about 9,000, so it looks to SRO. Get there too late and you may be SOL. I have been to plenty of games there, including Valley-Dowling and can tell you that parking will be at a premium. I assume they'll have shuttles. Gates open at noon, practice starts at 1:30. If you're going, I'd get there early. If you're not familiar with the area, think about parking at Valley Southwoods HS, which is Valley's freshman high school. It sits on a hill above the stadium and there's a paved path down the hill. There are a couple churches next to and across the street from the stadium and since it's Sunday, I'd expect traffic will be heavy.
I think it's a good Out-reach thing, trying to provide some good will for the Hawkeye faithful, over in western Iowa.
Not everyone can load up the car and take the whole day on Saturday, the 27th, to drive in for a scrimmage/practice.
I commend Coach Ferentz and his staff for doing this outreach.
'Texan by birth, Hawkeye by the Grace of God'
Fact is the product on the field the last 3 years has not been good. For guys like me in far NW Iowa its not worth the drive to IC and watch ISU win 9-6, let alone a spring "scrimmage". They are throwing the Western side a bone and reinforcing their dominance in DSM. I like it. Hell, its an extra open practice whats no to like.
Im sure season ticket sales will do fine this year but fact is that I expect empty seats early on this year. Between poor teams and tailgating restrictions the Iowa Gameday experience feels watered down. The AD knows it.
That's really surprising to me that 14,000 tickets were claimed but I'm all about it! If true, that's really cool.
EDIT - Got the date wrong, it's next Sunday.
This post was edited by Twib 12 months ago
I live an hour away from DM and my Hy Vee did not participate and honestly I am rather ticked off about it, I wanted to go but I am not able to drive down to the DM area to get tickets during the week.
I don't think they put much of a limit on how many you can get. I bet a lot of people just took as many as they could and a bunch of them don't get used, which sucks. I can check to see if any of my friends have extras if you really want to go.
Anyone have an extra ticket or two? I called hyvee down the street. They said their tickets were gone in under two hours..Really? I live a mile away and I don't have a ticket. Tell ya what, whoever has a couple tickets for me can park in my driveway and I'll drive you to the gate.
Ive fallen for that "free cop car ride" trick before .
Well done :)
Anyone have two tickets they'd sell??
You should go to HyVee's HQ, walk in and ask. I'm sure they could scrape a couple ducats for one of WDM's finest.
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