Getting to the hospital on football game days

We’re here to help you access the hospital on game days. Tell the officer at security checkpoints that you need to get to the hospital.

Recommended routes to the hospital during game days

See map below or download flyer with map.

Gameday parking routes map

Best option: Come down Hawkins Drive from the north/Coralville. This will give you access to Parking Ramps 1 and 2 and get you to the Main Entrance. Emergency patients may also enter here. 

To get to the Emergency Department: Come up Grand Ave. from the east and take a right at the roundabout. Park in the small lot just outside the Emergency Department. 

To get to John Pappajohn Pavilion South Entrance (Labor and Delivery): Come up Grand Ave. from the east and take a left at the roundabout, then an immediate right onto For The Kids Way. Labor and Delivery patients may be dropped off at this entrance, and the security guard can tell you where the best parking is. Parking Ramp 4, however, is open to football fans, so finding non-emergency parking near this entrance may be difficult. 

In an emergency

Emergency vehicles with individuals in a medical emergency (both ambulances and individual cars) will be let through the security checkpoints to get to the hospital. Let them know you are having an emergency or need to get to the hospital. However, Melrose Ave. should still be avoided as traffic may be in gridlock.


Non-emergency traffic should park in Parking Ramps 1 or 2. These are reserved for patients and hospital visitors (no football fans). 

Restricted roads

  • Hawkins Drive and For The Kids Way will be closed to non-emergency traffic from about 2.5 hours before kickoff until 2 hours after the game ends.
  • Melrose Ave. will be closed to non-emergency traffic 1 hour before kickoff and open shortly after game ends.

More tips

  • It’s worth repeating: Avoid Melrose Ave. especially during the hours leading up to the game.
  • If possible, come to the hospital after the game starts.
  • After the game, traffic on Hawkins Drive is northbound only, and Melrose Ave. is westbound only. Avoid coming in on those roads within an hour after the end of the game. 
  • Visitors should enter the hospital through the Main Entrance, as all other entrances will be locked for safety. Entrances to the Emergency Department and Labor and Delivery (John Pappajohn Pavilion South Entrance) will be staffed by security who will allow you to enter. Tell the security officer if you are a patient or if you are visiting a patient.
  • For anyone who comes to the hospital’s Main Entrance needing to get to the Emergency Department, an escort will be provided (if the patient can safely be moved), or if needed, emergency personnel will be immediately called to the Main Entrance. 


Are you a UI Health Care faculty, staff member, or volunteer working on a game-day? Visit the Parking and Transportation website for your parking information.

More information

For a full hospital map and to learn more about parking, visit

Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

After 5 p.m. and on weekends:

2021 Saturday home game days

  • Nov. 20: Iowa vs. Illinois (1 p.m.)

The full football game day schedule can be found at