All seven of the Iowa Hawkeyes’ home games have officially sold out for the 2022 college football season. especially among Hawkeyes fans. This led to the quick buying of any tickets for the single remaining game and ultimately to the Iowa Hawkeyes with a proud slate of sold out home games.
There’s a little bit of everything as a draw for Iowa fans to make their way to Kinnick this fall. There are big games, high-profile players, interesting circumstances and more.
An interesting tidbit of the home slate is that each of the seven games has its own special event and occasion associated with it. Giving each game its own designated event can definitely entice fans to collect tickets for something that piques their interest.
With Kinnick’s first home game set to begin on Sept. 3 when the Hawkeyes host the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, there is one question to ask. And this is simply “why?”
We see that the games have sold out. We hear that. But why? What has Hawkeyes home games selling out quickly and setting up for a raucous 2022 season inside the walls of Kinnick Stadium? There are a few reasons behind this, and they all excite fans in very different ways. Let’s see why the 2022 home slate for the Iowa Hawkeyes has resulted in a number of sales.
Defending Big Ten West champions
Iowa Hawkeyes fans want to play their part in a return trip to Indianapolis as Big Ten West champions. Big Ten football is full of raucous crowds, and the Kinnicks know they can play their part in helping their team get back to Indianapolis.
Last season we saw the Kinnick crowd have a monstrous effect in the Penn State win that helped propel Iowa to the Big Ten West championship. The excitement and eagerness to defend the Big Ten West is a big reason for home sales.
Confrontations in the first hour at home
Iowa vs. Iowa State on Sept. 10 for the Cy-Hawk Trophy. Iowa vs. Michigan on Oct. 1 in a rematch of the Big Ten Championship game.
Iowa vs. Wisconsin on Nov. 12, with huge Big Ten West implications on the line at the end of the season. Iowa vs. Nebraska on Nov. 25 in a game that many believe may ultimately decide the Big Ten West.
Do I need to say anything else?
Defensive superstar firepower
The Iowa Hawkeyes’ defense in 2021 was lethal. Turnovers, low points and rough sledding for opposing offenses was the norm. This can be expected and possibly even then in 2022.
Jack Campbell, Riley Moss, Lukas Van Ness, Seth Benson, Jestin Jacobs and too many others worthy of being named are all future NFL talent that Hawkeyes fans can see Tigerhawk inside Kinnick this season.
New aspect offence
As much as we know about what to expect from the 2022 Iowa Hawkeyes defense, there are just as many things that fans are curious to see from the 2022 Iowa Hawkeyes offense.
Can Spencer Petras take the next step? How does the young reception room shake and how do they attack? Can the new backfield duo find traction behind a more experienced offensive line? The new offense in 2022 is a question mark that fans are eagerly hoping for an answer.
My take on Kinnick sales
It’s no shock to anyone in the Iowa or Big Ten fan base that the conference’s West Division has its usual feel. There are the usual suspects in Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, always overrated Nebraska, and Purdue lurking in the background. Any of the five could win and any of the five could fight hard.
I think the unknowns and the intrigue of what the Big Ten West holds each year draws the fans. Any game can be a blowout, but any game hosted inside Kinnick can be a classic of going down to the wire or knocking off one of the top teams in the country.
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