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UI police, students ready to tackle first Hawkeye night game in years

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It's another Hawkeye home football game Saturday, but it will be a little different because kickoff time is seven o'clock at night.

It's been about three years since Iowa had a night game and students are ready for it.

“Eleven o'clock or 1 o'clock game thing is just a little too early for me and I kind feel like most college students as well,” says UI sophomore Thomas Englebrecht.

Saturday's night game against the Pittsburgh Panthers will be the first Hawkeye home night game since 2012.

“I think there's going to be drinking regardless, but people are definitely going to go harder with the tailgate and downtown is going to be even more insane too.,” said Brendon Fitzgerald, a UI sophomore.

Fitzgerald has never attended a night Hawkeye game, but says it'll be a lot cooler.

“No ones going to be hot like the Illinois State game,” says Fitzgerald.

Just like all games, UI police officers will be stationed in parking lots and the stadium before, during and after the football game, and they do plan to staff accordingly.

Interim director of public safety, Dave Visin says in a written statement,  the department has handled night games in years past.

“Though we don’t have any specific concerns, we’re prepared for more activity due to longer tailgating hours,” the statement reads.

Visin writes, police do not allow any post-game tailgating and he says they expect traffic to be heavy after the game and asking fans for patience as they leave Kinnick Stadium.

“You change something, something else is going to suffer. I'm absolutely stoked out of my mind,” said Englebrecht.

As always, the UI Police Department encourages everyone to drink responsibly and make safety a priority during the games.

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