Open scrimmage No. 2 -- Getting down to business

Published: August 14 2012 | 10:02 am - Updated: 31 March 2014 | 11:01 pm in

So, early this morning via the official Iowa football Twitter account, the UI announced a second kids day.

You could kind of see this coming.

After last week's practice, I asked Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz about the intentions behind the open scrimmage for fans in Kinnick Stadium. It clearly wasn't intended to be a showcase, coming off nine straight days of practice and a two-a-day the day before.

"If we had enough time, I'd probably do another fan day next Saturday," Ferentz said. "I'd be in trouble with the administration, because they need a lot of people to open the stadium. Especially for our younger guys, it's important for them to have fans here.

"Not that it's a sellout, but it's a big deal for the younger guys, just to have the music playing and all that stuff that distracts them, typically. We'll have to create some of that, because we're a young team right now."

Ask and you shall receive. Open scrimmage this Saturday at Kinnick. Gates open at 11.

Here's the release from UI sports info:

IOWA WILL HOLD OPEN FOOTBALL PRACTICE SATURDAY

IOWA CITY, Iowa - - The University of Iowa football team will stage an open practice on Saturday, August 18, in Kinnick Stadium. Kinnick Stadium will open at 11 a.m. with practice scheduled from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m.

Fans planning to attend should enter Kinnick Stadium at Gate E. Limited football posters, schedule cards and magnets will be available inside Gate E.

Regular season game-day search procedures will be in place. Fans will have access to only the west grandstands. There will be no autograph session following practice and concession stands will not be open.

Fans are reminded, the possession of an open container of beer or wine or consumption of hard liquor on University property, including parking lots, is prohibited by law. Law enforcement officers will be asking fans to empty containers and citations will be issued, if the case arises.

Free parking will be available in Lot 43 west of Kinnick Stadium, Lot 75 south of Carver-Hawkeye Arena and Lot 46 west of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The normal fee will be charged in the parking ramps. There is no reserved parking available and parking will not be available in Krause Family Pavilion.

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