The University of Iowa is giving students a reason to go to football games this year.
According to a press release, via Iowa City Press-Citizen, the school will reward five random students who buy season tickets for the 2014 season with a scholarship. The five lucky winners will receive free tuition (based on the fee for in-state residents), worth approximately $8,000, for the fall and spring semesters for the upcoming school year.
Students can buy buy either a six-game season ticket package or a seven-game package, with tickets costing $25 per game. Here's a look at the Hawkeyes' 2014 home schedule:
|Iowa Hawkeyes 2014 Home Schedule|
|Aug. 30||Northern Iowa|
|Sept. 6||Ball State|
|Sept. 13||Iowa State|
Note: The six-game pack does not include a ticket to the Nebraska game.
There aren't many marquee games on the schedule, and, outside of the Iowa State game, the biggest games aren't until November. Given that home schedule, the Hawkeyes are doing everything they can in order to attract fans to the stadium to support the team.
Iowa director of athletics Gary Barta spoke about the offer: "We want students in Kinnick Stadium, and the staff has spent the year listening and planning ways to increase the fun and excitement. A loud and active student section is such an important part of the game day experience."
Iowa will also be giving out a few other rewards for students who purchase season tickets. There will be 11 total prizes. Along with the five scholarships, here are the other prizes:
- One student will win an away game viewing party inside the Paul W. Brechler Press Box
- One student will receive up to $500 in free books
- Four students will be winners of a $1,000 gift card to Hy-Vee
Students have until Aug. 1 to order season tickets and be eligible to win the prizes.