IOWA CITY – Police wrote far fewer tickets on game day at Kinnick Stadium in 2011 compared to 2010.
According to UI police data, officers made 439 game day charges in 2011. In 2010, police charged 703 different crimes both inside and outside of Kinnick. Most charges were issued in the form of a simple citation.
The most common offense police busted fans for was carrying an open container. Over the past two seasons more than 700 fans have received open container citations on game-day.
Rick Klatt, University of Iowa Associate Athletics Director, credits the fans for the decrease in charges. According to Klatt, Hawkeye fans have grown more respectful of state laws outside of Kinnick Stadium in recent years.
“I think people, generally in my opinion, have embraced the responsibility of a game day,” Klatt said.
In an email, David Vison, UI Associate Director of Public Safety, noted that game times also have an effect on the number of citations police typically write.
In 2011 the Hawkeyes played six home games with 11 a.m. start times. In 2010, only two games at Kinnick started at 11 a.m., with the bulk of the games kicking off at 2:30 in the afternoon.
In addition to the number of game-day charges, police also reported a decrease in fan ejections. 206 fans were ejected in 2011, while 337 were thrown-out of the stadium in 2010.