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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

In what the University of Iowa is calling an effort to make the the Kinnick Stadium experience more affordable, they are offering students $50 off the cost of a season ticket if they order by May 15.

Current students will pay $125 for a season ticket to all seven 2015 home games if they place their order by Friday, May 15. Incoming freshman and transfer students will get the same discount of they order by Friday, July 31. Ordering early also guarantees you a seat in the student section.

Students who wait until after the deadline will pay $175, the same price as last season. A student guest season ticket is $240, the same as last season.

“We're excited about the opportunity to make this piece of the experience of being a student at the University of Iowa more affordable. We're anxious to have our student section as loud and proud as possible, and filled with UI students eager to provide our football team a home field advantage that compares favorably with the best in college football,” Rick Klatt, associate athletics director for external relations at the UI, said in a written statement.

Klatt added that the decision to make the offer is in response to the decline of students attending college football game, a trend being seen nationally.

“Like many of our peer institutions in the Big Ten Conference and nationally, attendance by UI students at our home football games is still significant -- more than 6,000 UI students purchased a season ticket a year ago -- but not where we would like it to be. We've talked with our students and they told us that they consider price when making their decision to buy. They also consider what their friends are doing in addition to the need to balance their interest in attending our football games against the challenges of meeting their academic demands and, in many cases, the need to work,” Klatt added in his statement. “The goal is to make the purchase of a season ticket more affordable so that more UI students agree that spending a portion of seven Saturdays at Kinnick cheering their football team is something fun that adds to their experience as a student at the UI.”

Students can buy their 2015 season ticket by visiting hawkeyesports.com, or by going to the UI Athletics Ticket Office in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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