Backpocket Brewing Helps Bring Magic Bus Back to Life
By Addison Speck, Reporter
CORALVILLE, Iowa - Attention Hawk fans: The Magic Bus is back! After a season of being off the street, leaders announced on Tuesday they found a new location and a new day to celebrate. Starting September 14th, the bus will be parked outside of Backpack Brewing in Coralville. Every Friday night before a home Hawkeye game, the bus will feature a live band near the brewery's beer garden.
You may remember how last year new tailgating rules were put in place and left the popular party bus without a home. It was the first time in 20 years the Magic Bus wasn't a part of Hawkeye tailgating. Thousands of fans were bummed when they heard the news. "I probably frequented the bus more than I went to the games," said Jacob Simmons, University of Iowa graduate and Owner of Backpocket Brewing in Coralville.
Thanks to Simmons, the Magic Bus has a new home this fall. "It was sad to hear it lost its spot, so when I came back to open Backpocket Brewing, it seemed to be a perfect fit. We could go out and and provide them a new spot, new venue, new chapter in the life of the bus," said Simmons.
Allen Miller, the President of the Iowa City Rugby Club, helps run the Magic Bus. He said Tuesday's announcement is exciting after a year without it. "It was weird not to get up and get to the stadium area right away," said Miller. Now Miller, along with other members of the rugby team, will park the van in Coralville. "It's going to be a little bit different atmosphere, a little more intimate setting. We'll have a lot better beer than we did before," said Miller.
Beer will be sold by the glass at Backpocket and a 5 dollar cover fee will go to the Iowa City Rugby team and the various charities it supports. "We were kind of up the creek without a paddle. Jacob gave us a paddle and has helped us bring this back," said Miller. Now, leaders just need Magic Bus lovers to come back and support their new approach to a long-standing tradition.
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