Older Hawkeye Fans Cause The Most Trouble At Kinnick Stadium

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

A beach ball is passed around the Iowa student section during the first half of the game against Western Michigan at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, September 21, 2013. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Students arrests and citations are trending down at Kinnick Stadium, according to University of Iowa police.

“We are indeed seeing a reduction in [student] offenses,” said David Visin, UI’s associate director of public safety.

Last weekend a total of just four people were taken from the stadium to the Johnson County jail. They ranged in age from 35-41.

24 students have been cited at Kinnick Stadium through the first three games of the season. Police charged a total of 95 people in those three weeks, nearly every offense was alcohol related.

24 student charges in the first three games is a five-year low at Kinnick Stadium. During the same span in 2010, police charged 66 students, a five-year high. Most of the people who receive citations or are arrested on game day are not students, Visin said.

“I think there is a perception, and it’s not always true,” he said.

According to data from the department of public safety, only about 19 percent of game day charges have been to students since 2010.

The downtick in student citations and arrests reflects a larger trend at Kinnick Stadium. From 2010-2012 police charged an average of 562 people per season, an average of roughly 80 charges per game. The current 2013 average is about 32 per game.

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