OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
BOWL TOUR
December 26 - 28, 2017
Welcome Hawkeye Fans to the Official University of Iowa 2017 Pinstripe Bowl Tour!
To ensure that all goes smoothly, please read the following tour information carefully, as it will provide valuable details about your trip. Remember to visit daily the UI Hospitality Desk at The Westin New York at Times Square for any tour updates. Thank you for traveling with us and we look forward to seeing you in the Big Apple!
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Distributed at the hotel
  • Tour Credential, Lanyard, and Ticket Holder
  • Game Tickets (For Land Packages; Air Packages will receive their tickets at the airport)
  • Official University of Iowa Bowl Tour Souvenir
Official tour credential
Your tour credentials will be distributed in New York City at the UI Hospitality Desk at the hotel. To help our tour hosts identify you as part of the Official UI Pinstripe Bowl Tour, we require you wear your official tour credential (name badge) for all Bowl Tour related events, including game day transportation.


Game tickets
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f you purchased game tickets as part of the Charter Air Package, they will be distributed at the airport at the UI check-in area prior to your departure. If you purchased a Land-only Package and game tickets are part of your package, they will be distributed at the hotel at the UI Hospitality Desk. You will be required to show photo ID for game ticket pick-up. Please keep your game tickets in a secure location until you board the motorcoach the day of the game.
Know before you go
Weather
In December, the daily highs in New York City run in the mid-40s, while evening temperatures are typically in the low-30s.
  


Clothing
There is no specific dress code for any of the program inclusions other than your black and gold gear! Please note that some restaurants do have dress codes such as smart casual and business attire but for the most part casual attire is just fine. 

Game Day - Remember to dress in layers and bring your winter gear! Also be prepared for inclement weather.

Meals
Meals, unless otherwise specified are not included in your package price. When planning meals, please allow enough time for scheduled group departures.

Tipping and Sales Tax
New York City tipping guidelines and sales tax
  
Broadway Shows and Other Activities
Start planning your free time in the Big Apple now! Check out these websites to help you with determining what shows are currently on Broadway and what fun things there are to do.


​The hotel is located in the heart of the Broadway Theatre District with more than 40 theatres within walking distance. The hotel’s Theatre & Tour Desk staff would be happy to help you acquire tickets to the event of your choice by calling 212-201-2711.  We suggest making your plans in advance to ensure the widest availability and choice.

Forecast
Broadway Shows
Theatre Tickets
Attractions
Charter Air Packages
Flight Information
Departure from Eastern Iowa Airport-Cedar Rapids (CID)
  
Check-in Location: Allegiant/Frontier Ticket Counter. Look for UI tour signs. Destinations Unlimited/Winebrenner Travel staff will be available to assist you.

Check-in Time: We recommend that you check-in at the ticket counter 1 and 1/2 hours prior to departure time to allow enough time to go through TSA screening.

    
Schedule:
Date
Dec 26

Dec 28
Flight #
Southwest #8136

Southwest #8336
Depart
Cedar Rapids

Newark
Time
7:00 am

5:30 pm
Arrive
Newark

Cedar Rapids
Time
10:15 am

7:10 pm
Wi-Fi code
SWC17-JLA 

SWC17-1HW
Eastern Iowa Airport-Cedar Rapids Airport Parking
There are two lots: Short-term and Long-term; however, there is no specific time limit for either lot. Short-term parking spots are closer to the terminal entrance and cost $12 per day. Long-term parking spots are farther from the terminal entrance and cost $7 per day. Credit and debit cards are acceptable forms of payment.

You may elect to use the “Fly Through Parking” where customers are able to enter the parking lot with a credit card (eliminating the need to take a ticket) and then use the same credit card to exit the parking lot.

Baggage
To ensure proper handling of your baggage, please adhere to the following instructions:
  1. Make sure you have a valid form of ID on your bags complete with your name, address and cell phone number.
  2. Limit yourself to one (1) carry-on item and one (1) small, personal item that must fit in the overhead compartment or beneath the seat and one (1) checked bag. Southwest Airlines limits carry-on bag dimensions to 10 x 16 x 24 inches (includes handles and wheels). Personal-type items include purses, briefcases, cameras, and laptops (case included) and fit within 18.5 x 8.5 x 13.5 inch dimensions. Southwest Airlines does not charge for your first and second checked bag (under 50 lbs.) on a per person basis. Standard checked bag allowance is a total of 62 inches (Length + Width + Height) and must weigh 50 lbs. or less.
  
Airport Check-in
No airline ticket accompanies this itinerary.  Please arrive at the airport one-and-a-half (1 and 1/2) hours prior to departure to allow enough time to check-in and go through the TSA lines.  If parking at the airport, please allow extra time.

Upon arrival at the airport, look for UI tour signs and staff near the Allegiant/Frontier ticket counters to assist you with check-in. Curb-side check-in is not allowed for charter flights.

Once you check in, you will receive your boarding pass. A government-issued photo ID (federal, state or local) is required. Travelers may be asked to show this ID at subsequent points, such as TSA screening, along with boarding passes. Children under the age of 16 do not need to present ID. Note: Charter flights will have meal service appropriate to the time of day, along with complimentary soft drinks. Beer, wine and liquor will be available for purchase (credit or debit card only).

Please verify that the name(s) listed on your confirmation matches the name(s) on your photo ID.
     
Arrival in Newark
Upon arriving at Newark-Liberty International Airport (EWR), you will be met by staff to assist you in boarding your private motorcoach to your hotel. 

Once at the hotel, you will be directed up the escalators to the Lobby Level and to the UI Hospitality Desk to pick up your room key. Although you have been pre-registered at the hotel, you must present your credit or debit card to the front desk to guarantee any incidental charges (phone calls, room service, etc.). Please note that if you use a debit card, the hotel may place a temporary hold on your account for the duration of your stay. Most holds fall off 3-10 business days after your check-out date.

Checked luggage will be delivered to your hotel room after you receive your room key. Plan on at least two to three hours for luggage delivery. You do not need to be present in your room for luggage delivery. Since all porterage and baggage handling gratuities are included in your package price, it is not necessary to tip the bell staff. If someone else’s baggage is mistakenly placed in your room, please contact the bell desk of the hotel immediately. Since your arrival occurs prior to 3:00 pm, your room may not be ready. In this case, your luggage will be stored in a secure location and will be delivered to your room after you receive your key.   

Land-only Packages
For those not flying on the UI charter flight, the tour will begin upon your arrival at the hotel. Please note the check-in times listed for the hotel. Land-only participants who arrive via commercial flights are responsible for their own transportation to The Westin New York at Times Square.
  
For information regarding ground transportation options from the airport:
      
(JFK) – John F. Kennedy International Airport
Approximately 45 minute ride to hotel (16 miles)
Official NYC Yellow Taxis at JFK charge a flat fare of $52 (plus any tolls and tip) for trips between the airport and Manhattan. Taxis impose a $4.50 surcharge during peak hours (4:00 – 8:00 pm weekdays, excluding holidays). One fare pays for all passengers to one destination. Four passengers (five in minivans) is the limit for NYC cabs.
  
Approximately 30 minute ride to hotel (12 miles)
Official NYC Yellow Taxis at LGA are metered fares and prices vary for trips between the airport and Manhattan. An estimated fare to The Westin is $40. Taxis impose a $4.50 surcharge during peak hours (4:00 – 8:00 pm weekdays, excluding holidays). One fare pays for all passengers to one destination. Four passengers (five in minivans) is the limit for NYC cabs.
Approximately 40 minute ride to hotel (18 miles)
Official NYC Yellow Taxis at EWR are metered fares and prices vary for trips between the airport and Manhattan. An estimated fare to The Westin is $55. Taxis impose a $4.50 surcharge during peak hours (4:00 – 8:00 pm weekdays, excluding holidays). One fare pays for all passengers to one destination. Four passengers (five in minivans) is the limit for NYC cabs. Note: Add $17.50 for return trip to EWR.
Other forms of transportation, such as Uber, Lyft and the train, are available from the airports to Midtown Manhattan.  Please reference the appropriate airport website for further details.
 
Upon hotel arrival, please proceed to the front desk where you will check-in and receive your room key.  Your room, tax and Wi-Fi have been pre-paid; however, you will be required to present a credit card for incidentals (room service, parking, etc.). Once you have checked-in, stop by the UI Hospitality Desk, located on the Lobby Level, during the UI Hospitality Desk hours to pick up your tour credential and souvenirs.
If you arrive prior to hotel check-in time, your room may not be ready. You may, however, check your bags with the bell staff until your room becomes available.
Westin New York at Times Square
270 West 43rd St, New York, NY 10036
(212) 201-2700

Check-in: 3:00 pm | Check-out: 12:00 pm

Valet Parking: $65 plus tax per night

Self Parking: $50 plus tax per night. Icon Parking/Advance Parking is located at 249-253 West 43rd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Enter on the north side of 43rd Street just before the Westin Hotel. 
Incidental Account

You must present a major credit card at the front desk of The Westin New York at Times Square to cover any incidental charges incurred throughout your stay. The travel package includes only your accommodations, Wi-Fi and taxes at the hotel. We recommend that you do not use a debit-type card as the hotel will place a hold on a set amount until check-out.
On-site Dining
Nearby Dining
Foundry Kitchen
Enjoy Foundry Kitchen, conveniently located inside the hotel on the mezzanine level, offers a buffet style breakfast and continental breakfast from 7:00 – 11:00 am daily.

The Foundry Bar
The Foundry Bar, located on the lobby level, serves signature fare and creative cocktails overlooking 8th Avenue. Hours are 11:30 am – 12:30 am daily.

In-room Dining
Available 24/7 as well

The Westin New York at Times Square is directly connected to E-Walk, an entertainment, dining and retail complex that also encompasses 13 Regal movie theaters. A variety of restaurants at the E-Walk include Chevy’s Fresh Mex, Europan, Dallas BBQ, Starbucks, and B.B. Kings Blues Club & Lucille’s Grill.

The hotel will gladly assist you with recommendations and reservations for other dining possibilities as well.
  
Restaurants
Daily Itinerary
all times are Eastern

Tuesday, December 26

10:00 am - 6:00 pm
UI Hospitality Desk Open
The UI Hospitality Desk will be staffed on the Lobby Level. Please plan to stop by to receive your tour credential, souvenir and detailed itinerary/game day map.

Big Apple Hawkeye Happy Hour    
Playwright Irish Pub, located at 27 W. 35th Street
Join the New York Metro IOWA Club to celebrate the Hawkeyes’ trip to the Pinstripe Bowl! Cost is $10 per person and will include Hawkeye food and drink specials, trivia, prizes and more.
 
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wednesday, December 27

8:30 am - 11:00 am
UI Hospitality Desk Open
The UI Hospitality Desk will be staffed on the Lobby Level. Please plan to stop by to receive your tour credential, souvenir and detailed itinerary/game day map.

Meet in Westin Lobby
Load Motorcoaches for Game Day Transportation
 
11:45 am
Depart for Yankee Stadium and Hawkeye Huddle
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12:00 pm
Chalk Talk with Gary Dolphin and Ed Podolak
The Dugout – a sports bar located across the street from Yankee Stadium
Join Hawkeye legend Ed Podolak and Gary Dolphin, the voice of the Hawkeyes, for a Chalk Talk session. Podolak and Dolphin will share their observations on the season and discuss how the Hawks match up with the Boston College Eagles. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hawkeye Huddle
The Dugout
Join fellow Hawkeye fans and the National I-Club at the Pinstripe Bowl Hawkeye Huddle. This event is free and open to all Hawkeye fans and include cash refreshments, Herky the Hawk, the Iowa Spirit Squad, and more. Seating will be limited.

Note: Motorcoaches will remain open until 5:00 pm

2017 New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Iowa Hawkeyes vs Boston College Eagles​​

5:15 pm
Motorcoaches will depart the stadium for The Westin New York at Times Square 45 minutes after the conclusion of the trophy ceremony.  
  
Join us for a Postgame Party with members of the New York Metro IOWA Club at Playwright Irish Pub, located at 27 W. 35th Street. The Playwright Irish Pub is a 15 minute walk (0.7 mile) from the hotel.
  
Following the game

Thursday, December 28

10:00 am - 2:00 pm
UI Hospitality Desk Open
The UI Hospitality Desk will be staffed on the 2nd Floor in Ambassador I. 

Hotel Check-out
12:00 pm
Charter Air Packages
​​Please refer to the departure information posted at the UI Hospitality Desk for departure instructions. All participants must settle incidental charges directly with the hotel front desk prior to check-out. Luggage may be stored in the Ambassador 1 room until 2:00 pm, when you must transfer luggage to the motorcoach for airport departure.
  
Land-only Packages
Check-out of the hotel at the front desk and pay all incidental charges.  Hotel check-out time is 12:00 pm. Have a safe trip home!​  

UI Hospitality Desk
The UI Hospitality Desk will be staffed during your stay to provide assistance during dedicated hours (see below). At your convenience, please proceed to the UI Hospitality Desk, located on the Lobby Level, to receive your tour credential and souvenir. Please check the notice board daily for any updates.
  
Hours (times listed in EST):

Tuesday, December 26:                       10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday, December 27:                 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Thursday, December 28:                    10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Yankee Stadium
seating capacity: 54,251

Bag Policy
Each guest is welcome to bring one bag into the stadium provided the bag is soft-sided (e.g. diaper bags or small purses) and its dimensions do not exceed 16 x 16 x 8 inches as stipulated by the Major League Baseball security regulations. Briefcases, coolers and hard-sided bags and containers are not permitted. Bag-size bins will be used at inspection points, and bags and their contents must fit without assistance, modification or adjustment. There is no storage area for any items that do not meet security requirements.
  
All guests are required to be screened via metal detectors before entering the stadium as part of the MLB’s initiative with the Department of Homeland Security. Metal detectors are located at all stadium gates. Once guests have been screened and have had their bags checked, they will have their tickets scanned.
 
Before Proceeding Through Metal Detectors
Guests will be asked to remove cellphones, cameras and any large metal objects from their pockets and place them in a small plastic container for inspection. Additionally, bags and their interiors will be visually inspected by security personnel at a screening table alongside the metal detector. Only compliant bags (soft-side and 16 x 16 x 8 inches or smaller) will be admitted. Guests’ belonging will be in their sight throughout the screening process. Guests can pick-up their belongings at the end of the table once they have proceeded through the metal detector. The removal of belts, shoes and jackets is not required.

Any item or property that could affect the safety of the stadium, its occupants or its property shall not be permitted into the stadium. Yankee Stadium management reserves the right to prohibit or require removal of any items at its sole and absolute discretion. Any person that could affect the safety of the stadium, its occupants or its property shall be denied entry.
  
Alcohol Policy  
Yankee Stadium prohibits anyone from bringing alcohol into the stadium. Those who are or appear to be impaired will be denied entry. Alcoholic beverages may not be removed from the stadium.

Guests must be 21 years of age or older to purchase or consume alcohol. Proper identification is required of all guest and must be presented regardless of age to purchase any alcoholic beverages. There is a limit of 2 alcoholic beverages per guest, per sale at concession stands and portable carts on the concourses of the Field, Main and Terrace/Grandstand Levels. A limit of 1 alcoholic beverage per guest, per sale at portable carts in the Bleachers and from vendors selling in the seating areas.

For the New Era Pinstripe Bowl: The sale of alcohol throughout the Stadium begins when gates open with the exception of the sale of alcohol by vendors in the seating areas, which begins 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the game. The sale of alcohol at portable carts in the Bleachers and in seating areas in the Bleachers will end at the start of the second half. The sale of alcohol in the Stadium's other seating areas, at concessions stands and portable carts on the concourses of the Field, Main and Terrace/Grandstand Levels, at the Sony Terrace, at the Sunrun Rooftop Deck and at the Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar will end at the conclusion of the third quarter.​ 

Prohibited Items
Guests may not carry/bring the following items into the stadium:
  • Any bag larger than 16 inches x 16 inches x 8 inches
  • Briefcases, coolers or other hard-sided bags or containers
  • Glass, cans aluminum bottles or thermoses
  • Laser pens
  • Mono/tripods or other professional camera equipment
  • Video cameras or other equipment designed for the sole purpose of video and/or audio recording
  • Drones
  • Laptop computers
  • Firearms, knives or weapons of any kind
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs or substances
  • Brooms, poles, staffs or sticks (including selfie sticks)
  • Baseball bats of any size
  • TV sets, excluding TV substitutes such as tablets
  • Animals, except service animals to aid guests with disabilities
  • Air horns or other distracting noisemakers
  • Any devices that may interfere with and/or distract any sports or event participant, other guests, audio or audio/visual telecast or recording of the game, match or event, or any technology-related service provided in the stadium
  • Helmets (bicycle, motorcycle or baseball)
  • Masks or costumes
  • Projectiles (frisbees or beach balls)
  • Aerosol cans (mace, pepper spray, hairspray or sunscreen)
  • Confetti or glitter
  • Fireworks
  • Visible obscene, indecent or inappropriate clothing
  • Umbrellas (permitted in but may not be opened)
  
For items not allowed into stadium, please note there is not a storage area for these items.
  

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Hawkeye Huddle

  
Date:                Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Location:         The Dugout  (located across the street from Yankee Stadium)
Time:                2:00 – 4:00 pm
 
  
Join fellow Hawkeye fans and the National I-Club at the Pinstripe Bowl Hawkeye Huddle. This event is free and open to all Hawkeye fans and include cash refreshments, Herky the Hawk, the Iowa Spirit Squad, and more. Seating will be limited.
  

Tour Assistance
  If you have questions, please contact either Destinations Unlimited at 319-393-1359 or Winebrenner Travel at 319-351-4510, Monday through Friday.
  
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