Game day arrests, charges plummet at Kinnick Stadium

By Mark Carlson, KCRG-TV9

IOWA CITY — The season-opening football game at Kinnick Stadium saw a steep drop-off of game day arrests and citations in and around the stadium, according to University of Iowa police.

Police arrested just three people for public intoxication and charged three others for underage possession of alcohol. No one over the age of 24 was charged with a crime.

David Visin, UI associate director of public safety, said his records, which date back to 2009, show it was the calmest game day ever for law enforcement.

In 2010, officials at the University of Iowa launched the “Think Before You Drink” campaign, which saw huge spikes in a number of offenses. During the 2010 season opening game at Kinnick Stadium, police charged 119 people with possessing an open container. Between 2011 and 2013 they charged another 180 people with possessing an open container during season opening games. On Saturday. not a single person was cited for having an open container.

UI Police took to Twitter Saturday afternoon to acknowledge the good behavior of the fans, while noting there was no lack of festivities.

“We were a little concerned when the loud party calls started at 0630, but you got it together & had a great day,” tweeted the official “U of Iowa Police” account.

Officials with the UI athletic department and police department were not immediately available for comment Tuesday.

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