A near sellout crowd at the Throwback Game in September helped Iowa set a new single-season attendance record for home football games.
Nov. 2, 2004
The University of Iowa is a member of the Big Ten Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. As such, its administrative staff, coaching staff and more than 650 male and female student-athletes competing in 24 intercollegiate athletic sports programs are committed to achieving at the highest levels academically and athletically while making positive contributions to the greater Iowa City and University communities and the state of Iowa.
You probably knew most of the aforementioned. But there's probably a lot you don't know about the intercollegiate athletics program at the UI or how it operates within the greater University in a coordinated effort designed to assist in achieving the institution's stated mission.
hawkeyesports.com will add a new fact to the first "Did You Know..." fact noted below periodically over the next two months in an effort to broaden understanding of how the operation of the intercollegiate athletics program complements the efforts of other staff and students of the University of Iowa.
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Did You Know...
General Fund money allocated to the current UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics - like General Fund money allocated to the former UI Department of Women's Intercollegiate Athletics - is used to fund the operation of the varsity women's soccer and women's rowing programs, to enhance the salaries for staff involved in the women's varsity sports programs, and to assist the University in meeting the requirements of Title IX legislation.
(The UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will receive $1.9 million in General Fund support in 2004-05 -- more than $200,000 less than what it received in 2003-04. This support will assist the University in achieving its stated mission of enhancing the undergraduate, graduate and professsional educational experience and to do so in a culturally diverse environment.)
The UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics operates award-winning Finkbine Golf Course as an educational, recreational, intercollegiate athletics, community-outreach facility without any financial support from the University. The UIDIA completed a renovation of the turf and ancillary facilities at Finkbine Golf Course during the spring of 2004 at a total cost of $350,000.
(Consistent with the policy for tickets to UI intercollegiate athletic events, current University students, current UI faculty and staff, and retired UI faculty and staff pay a reduced greens fee rate to play Finkbine Golf Course than golfers with no affiliation to the University.)
The UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will provide financial support for the UI Marching Band in 2004-05 including the salaries and benefits of select faculty of the UI School of Music and all expenses associated with the UI Marching Band's uniforms, equipment and travel including all expenses related to the UI Marching Band's participation in a post-season college football bowl game should the UI participate in such an event.
(Total financial support of the UI Marching Band by the UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics in 2003-04 was $400,000. The total amount of support to be provided in 2004-05 depends on a number of factors including whether the UI football team qualifies for a post-season bowl game, where that event is staged, how long the UI Marching Band stays at the bowl site and the mode of transportation used to transport the band to and from the bowl site.)
The UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics pays the University the full value of the in-state and out-of-state tuition, room and board, and fees for all scholarships awarded annually to eligible male and female student-athletes.
(The UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will pay the University in excess of $7.3 million for the scholarships it awards to more than 600 student-athletes in 2004-05. That total was $6.7 million last year and less than $3 million just four years ago.)
All construction projects of the UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics are planned and managed by appropriate staff of UI Facilities Management and the University. This protocol also applies to the current renovation project of Kinnick Stadium.
(The UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics works in concert with the appropriate University staff to ensure compliance with UI policy and the rules and regulations of the State of Iowa Board of Regents.)
The UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will likely entertain more than 1 million spectators, visitors, and guests in intercollegiate athletics facilities during the 2004-05 year, a total that includes a six-game season attendance record for football games played inside historic Kinnick Stadium.
(One of the Fundamental Principles of the University, as outlined in its strategic planning document for 2000-2005, "New Cuntury Iowa: Bridges to the Next Horizon," is to "Maintain and enhance strong ties between the University and external constituencies." Many persons who attend UI intercollegiate athletics events are current UI students, faculty and staff. A good number, however, are "external to the University"...citizens of the state of Iowa and elsewhere who experience the University through the experience of being a friend and fan of its athletics program.)