Kinnick Stadium: The Home of the Iowa Hawkeyes
Iowa draws sellout crowds for a majority of all home games, including 62 of the last 72 games over the last 12 seasons. Iowa had a sellout streak of 36 straight games snapped in its 2008 home finale vs. Purdue (Nov. 15, 2008).
The Hawkeyes annually rank among the top 25 schools in the nation in home attendance. Iowa ranked 21st in home attendance in 2012 with its average of 70,474. Big Ten Conference football games in 2012 drew over six million fans for the first time ever. The Big Ten annually ranks first or second nationally in home attendance. Conference games in 2012 averaged over 70,040 fans per contest and the Big Ten set new attendance records in 2013.
Construction on the original 53,000-seat stadium was completed Oct. 5, 1929, at a cost of $497,151.42. Original construction took six months, but it has undergone several facelifts since. Seats were added to the south end zone in 1956, raising the capacity to 60,000. The north end zone was enclosed and capacity increased to 66,000 prior to the 1983 season. With three more expansion projects completed since, Kinnick now seats 70,585. Kinnick Stadium has 20 miles of bleacher seats and is 79 rows high on each side.
Beside the expansions, an artificial surface was installed in 1972. That carpet was replaced in 1981. Prior to the 1989 season a natural grass playing field, Prescription Athletic Turf, was installed. The playing surface was replaced with new sod prior to the 1997 season and during the 2005 season.
The playing surface was replaced prior to the 2009 season, this time with state-of-the-art Field Turf. Permanent practice lights were installed prior to the 2012 season.
The original five floor press box was constructed in 1958 at a cost of $490,628.62, and was located between the 25 yard lines on the west side of the stadium. Between 1995 and 1999, the Kinnick Stadium press box underwent a $3 million improvement and renovation project, which included the addition of 18 private viewing suites and the remodeling of all five levels. The original press box was demolished in December, 2005.
Spectators attending home games of the Iowa Hawkeyes enjoy all the benefits of watching a game on television, thanks to the installation of all new and expanded video boards and scoreboards for 2013. The $9 million upgrade includes large scale, HD video display units, which offer spectators live game action, instant replays and other features. In addition to the expanded main board in the south end zone, two additional video boards and a video ribbon were added to the south end zone this summer.
Kinnick Stadium has a rich history, beginning with a 46 0 Hawkeye win over Monmouth in the facility's first game. The Hawkeyes tied Illinois 7 7 in the dedication game Oct. 19, 1929.
In 1972, the name was changed from Iowa Stadium to Kinnick Stadium in honor of Iowa's 1939 Heisman Trophy winner, Nile Kinnick. His No. 24 jersey was retired by the school because of his success as a scholar-athlete at the University.
Iowa's all time record in Kinnick Stadium is 265-174-15. Iowa's longest home winning streak of 22 games spanned the 2002 to 2005 seasons. The Hawkeyes have had 11 undefeated home seasons, including both 2003 and 2004. Iowa posted a 5-2 home record in 2010, 4-2 mark in 2007, 4-3 mark in 2006 and 2013, 5-1 mark in 2005 and 6-1 records in 2002, 2008, 2009 and 2011.
The school's all-time home total attendance record was set in 2006 (494,095 fans) and matched in both 2010 and 2011. The average per game record (70,585) was established in 2005 and matched in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011. Iowa's record season attendance mark for all games is 905,840 set in 1990, a 75,487 per game average.
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Note: Photo of Kinnick Stadium was taken by Brian Ray of the Cedar Rapids Gazette on Oct. 2, 2010 when Iowa defeated Penn State in the first-ever "Black and Gold Spirit Night." The Hawkeyes' game against the Nittany Lions was the UI's Homecoming game for 2010 and it was also televised live to a primetime national audience by ESPN.