UI seeks volunteers to help Kinnick Stadium staff shortage
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — With three more home football games to go and Kinnick Stadium facing severe staffing shortages, the University of Iowa has sent out a call for “game day volunteers” willing to work at stadium gates, in sections for disabled spectators and in premium club areas beginning Saturday, when Iowa takes on Purdue.
The university sent the plea in an email Wednesday to UI athletics department employees and staff council members, The Gazette reported.
The stadium is short about 200 workers, said Marcus Wilson, executive senior associate athletics director.
“It fluctuates game to game, due to the large volume of staff that we have,” Wilson said.
Although the company typically pays workers for the stadium jobs, the university is seeking to plug the staffing holes with volunteers.
In the email, officials said volunteers would need to arrive two to three hours before the 2:30 p.m. kickoff. Those working the gates will be dismissed after the first quarter, but those working in disability access sections or premium seating areas will be expected to stay into the fourth quarter.
“Those working will be provided with parking, a credential with access to the premium seating areas, and a meal,” according to the email.
If the university doesn’t get enough workers and volunteers to reach full staffing, Wilson said athletics will redeploy the workers it does have to prioritize the parking lots during pregame hours, the gates during the rush before kickoff and the interior once fans are inside.