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Kinnick sees smallest crowd in ten years

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It's a packed parking lot outside Kinnick Stadium before any home Hawkeye football game with fans tailgating before kickoff. People like Howard Barber, whose had season tickets for decades, want to enjoy themselves before the game. 

"Every year, win or lose, it doesn't matter," said Barber. "I've had them since '93. I'm always going to stick with them.

The crowd at this game is smaller than it's been in 10 years. 64,201 people went to the game. The stadium holds 70,585. A lot of those unsold tickets are in the student section. Before the game, some students tried to sell their tickets they'd purchased, willing to take a hit on the price of their ticket just to try to get rid of it."

"Students have their tickets already or they just don't want to buy them," said Cameron O'Neil, a UI student.

The Hawks lost their season opener to Northern Illinois and ended last year's season with 6 onsecutive losses.

Die-hard fans say that shouldn't keep the stadium from filling up.

"We have the greatest fans in the world and they should be at every game, not just the bowl games," said Michael Tabor, a lifelong Hawks fan.

The Hawks have a huge fan base. Kinnick is one of the largest college-owned stadiums. Until the team rebounds, there will still be plenty of people in it.

"The true fans will come," said Barber. "The true fans will come, like all these guys right here. We'll always be here no matter what, win or lose."

The Hawks did win their game against Missouri State, ending the Hawks' losing streak.

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