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Iowa closes waiting list for football tickets

[ 0 ] June 6, 2012 |

Iowa football season ticket holders are making a point to hold on to their tickets, and that means fewer people are getting off the waiting list and into Kinnick Stadium.

“This year, renewals are between 98 and 99 percent,” Iowa ticket manager Pam Finke said Wednesday. “It’s as high as I’ve seen it.”

Finke said there was a bigger waiting list last year, but Iowa was able to give more people season tickets in 2011.

“It took 14 priority points this year to get season tickets,” Finke said. “Last year, it took 4.”

The Hawkeyes are coming off a 7-6 season that ended with a 31-14 loss to Oklahoma in the Insight Bowl, but fans are getting more tight-fisted with their season tickets.

The prospect of losing priority points and going back onto the waiting list may be spurring some renewals. Others know another re-seating of Kinnick Stadium is coming in 2014 and want to be in position to pick different seats.

The last reseating occurred in 2006 after Kinnick Stadium underwent renovations. Finke said Iowa would like to do reseating “about every five years” but got caught up with the Carver-Hawkeye Arena renovations and reseating the past few summers.

“Some schools do it every year,” Finke said.

The waiting list is growing, and Finke said Iowa has closed requests to get on the list this season. Fans who don’t get season tickets had the option of buying tickets to the Central Michigan and Purdue games to still get 3 priority points as a season ticket holder.

There likely won’t be any mini packages, Finke said.

There may not be any single-game tickets left for the general public in July either. Finke said the Iowa State and Minnesota games were, for all intents and purposes, sold out already.

Iowa gives season ticket holders the first chance to buy single-game tickets. Other home games include Northern Iowa, Central Michigan, Penn State, Purdue and Nebraska.

Finke said Iowa has sold more than 15,000 tickets for the season-opener against Northern Illinois on Sept. 1 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Iowa still has a few $62 tickets left, otherwise fans can go through TicketMaster.

“We didn’t turn anyone down,” Finke said of the Soldier Field Showdown III tickets. “We took extra tickets to protect ourselves.”

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