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Fewer arrests, citations at Iowa home opener than 2013

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - The parking lots and coolers were packed this Saturday as the Hawkeyes kicked off their home opener against the University of Northern Iowa Panthers.

University of Iowa Police say they didn't write a single open alcohol citation during the season opener Saturday a Kinnick.

That's a significant drop from last year's 28 citations for the Hawk's home opener.

"My first tailgate was a blast to say the least," said UI freshman Dominic Rowley.

But not as eventful as last year, according to University of Iowa Police.

There were only three public intoxication arrests and three issued citations for underage possession of alcohol.

Last year, there were 14 arrests at Kinnick Stadium, nine for public intoxication, and 11 citations for underage possession of alcohol.

"Good sign, I guess," said Rowley. "A lot less people getting in trouble, so I'm really happy about that."

Some students we spoke with say they're very surprised by the numbers, especially by it being the first home game of the season.

"Yeah I guess I'm a little surprised, last year, just countless of people were getting arrested," said UI student Merry Marturello.

Just last year the an Iowa student known as "Vodka Samm" made national headlines when she blew a dangerous .341 blood alcohol content level.

"We know how to party with or without the alcohol, with or without the drugs and I think we proved it this tailgating," said UI Sophmore Manik Sharma. "Number one party school by the end of this year, and we're going to do it without the alcohol, nuisance, or the police problems that we've had in the past."

This year students say that number one party school reputation will still be there.

"I think we'll still have that reputation, but it'll make us look a lot better in the eye of the public," said Rowley.
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