Hawkeye Game Day Tradition Coming to An End
The University of Iowa Athletics Department announced on Wednesday that it's ending the Hawkeye Express train experience.
KCRG reported that the decision was made because of the potential continuation of social distancing measures, the need of upgrades to equipment and the increase in operating costs.
“The Hawkeye Express has been a wonderful part of our Hawkeye football gameday experience,” Senior Associate Athletics Director, Matt Henderson, said in a news release. “While it was a difficult decision to make, we all agree it is the right decision. This experience would not have occurred without the Sabin family and their Iowa Northern Railway Company.”
University of Iowa said on an average game day at Kinnick Stadium, they could expect 3,700 fans to take the 10-minute train ride from Coralville to the stadium.
“My father, Iowa Northern President Dan Sabin along with Bob Bowlsby (former Iowa athletics director) and Mark Jennings (former Iowa associate athletics director) came up with this unique idea from the past and we have had a lot of fun running this operation since 2004,” Josh Sabin, the Iowa Northern Railway Director of Administration told KCRG. “A lot of time and energy goes into this endeavor, but our staff and volunteers have truly enjoyed this experience and seeing the enjoyment of the fans. There is not a good time to close the book on this type of experience, but this decision made sense to both parties. We are grateful for all the fans who made the train part of their gameday, truly!”
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