Changes, near-record number of students expected at Carver tonight

Iowa associate athletics director Rick Klatt said UI students have responded to the department’s free ticket giveaway for tonight’s game against Michigan State.

Klatt said students have downloaded around 3,000 free tickets. Plus the 970 student season-ticket holders, that puts around 4,000 students in the seats. Klatt said that’s as many students going to Carver-Hawkeye Arena for a basketball game in the last 20-plus years. It’s possible students might show up to CHA without the downloaded tickets, and Klatt said UI officials will work to accommodate them as well.

Klatt said the students will be offered a student ticket package beginning Friday. Cost is $40 for the remaining five home games. The deal lasts until Iowa’s next home game on Feb. 7. There won’t be any more free tickets this season, but Klatt said options are open for the future.

The arena will feature new music selections in the game’s first hour, which Klatt is more “consumer friendly.” The music change is designed to keep the atmosphere upbeat, he said.

Also, senior post Cyrus Tate worked out on his ankle around 4:30 p.m., but hobbled throughout. He just came to the arena in a warm-up outfit and dragging his left ankle, meaning he won’t play. Tate has missed the last four games with a severely sprained left ankle.

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