Univ. of Iowa Student Football Season Ticket Incentive Program Suspended

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa has suspended a program offering incentives to students who purchased season tickets for football games.

The program was put in place in an effort to get more students to attend football games.

Officials now say they’ve suspended the program because it might violate state laws involving raffles.

“This afternoon we learned of concerns related to a student football promotion. A question has been raised whether the promotion is compliant with state raffle laws. I have suspended the promotion temporarily as we determine how to make sure that this promotion is in complete compliance. In the end, our goal is to do everything possible to make sure that that the student experience at Hawkeye football games is as fun and exciting as possible,” says Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta.

The school had planned to offer prizes to some students who purchase student season tickets. Five of the prizes were free tuition for the 2014-2015 school year. That’s valued at about $8,000.

Other prizes included $1,000 gift cards to Hy-Vee and a $500 allotment for textbooks and supplies.

The winners would have been chosen randomly.