IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa will hold its annual Iowa football spring practice Saturday. The team practice and scrimmage will begin at 2 p.m. inside Kinnick Stadium. Gates open at 1 p.m.for the session that is expected to last approximately two hours and will include a “controlled scrimmage” near its conclusion.
The Hawkeye Sports Network will be on the air from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, with Gary Dolphin and Ed Podolak calling the action and discussing spring football. Stations carrying the broadcast include WHO-AM (1040) Des Moines.
In addition, the practice session can be viewed live on BTN2Go. BTN will broadcast the practice on a tape-delayed basis at 7 p.m. CT, on Sunday, April 28. Brent Balbinot and former Hawkeye Sean Considine will call the action, with sideline reports and interviews with former KCRG-TV sports director John Campbell.
There is no admission charge. Fans are invited to join forces with the UI Athletics Department, the Iowa Farm Bureau, and the Johnson County Crisis Center in the second annual ANF Food Bank Drive.
Fans are invited to bring non-perishable food items to the annual open practice. To encourage donations, the first 5,000 fans who make a donation of canned food items will receive a souvenir ANF “Farm Strong” poster featuring Casey Wiegmann, who last fall was the first former Hawkeye to be named to the ANF Wall of Honor inside ANF Plaza at Kinnick. Collection trucks will be located near the Krause Family Plaza, just south of Kinnick Stadium.
The west and south grandstands will be open for spectators. Gates A and G will open at 1 p.m. Due to heightened safety and security concerns, fans are discouraged from bringing purses and bags to the event. Purses and bags will be subject to search or may be denied entry. Patrons should expect delays if they are attempting to carry bags into Kinnick Stadium on Saturday. There is no autograph session following the practice.
Parking will be available in all University parking lots adjacent to Kinnick Stadium. Fans with recreational vehicles will be able to park Friday after 7 p.m. in UI Lot 75 south of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Normal daily parking rates will be in effect in the parking ramps adjacent to UI Hospitals and Clinics.
Pre-event activities will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in Krause Family Plaza at the south end of Kinnick Stadium. Selected members of Iowa’s men’s basketball team will be available for autographs between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.
Those interested in trying out for Creston High School cheerleading in 2013-14 can sign up in the high school office.
Practice will be held at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on May 11. Tryouts are scheduled 2 p.m. May 15.
Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Creston High School color guard or winter guard for 2013-14 should attend group practice beginning April 29 from 6:45 to 7:30 a.m. at the high school band room.
Future practice times and audition day will be announced during the first meeting.