Here's a sampling of questions being asked about the renovation of Kinnick Stadium. We will add to this list as the project continues to its expected conclusion in August 2006.
Will capacity of Kinnick Stadium be reduced as a result of the renovation?
Yes and no. The total seating capacity in the south, east, north and west grandstands will be reduced slightly as a result the UI Athletic Department's decision to widen the amount of space provided to each spectator on the bleachers in the stadium's grandstands. However, it is expected that the addition of new seating opportunities in the new press box will make up for the vast majority of loss in capacity in the grandstands and, in fact, may result in a very slight gain in total seating capacity for the venue.
Will be a new playing surface installed in Kinnick Stadium as a result of the renovation. When will this occur and what type of surface will be installed?
The current playing surface will most likely be utilized as a "construction lay-down area" during the winter, spring and a portion of summer 2005 when work on the new south endzone grandstand is being done. Therefore, a new playing surface will need to be installed prior to the 2005 college football season. The type of surface -- natural grass or a state-of-the-art synthetic surface similar to that, for example, installed inside the Ronald D. and Margaret L. Kenyon Football Practice Facility -- has not yet been determined.
Whom do I contact to discuss making an outright gift or a gift that qualifies me for use of the suites or for club seating?
For more information on taking part in the Kinnick Stadium Campaign, please contact one of the following representatives: Andy Piro, Jana Michael or Matt Henderson at the UI Foundation Athletics Development Office. Phone (800) 648-6973; email firstname.lastname@example.org; Mark A Jennings, Associate Director of Athletics for Donor and Patron Services, UI Athletics Office. Phone (319) 335-8903; email email@example.com
What are the tax benefits of gifts that qualify for hospitality suites or club seats?
As provided by IRS rules, an annual donation qualifying the contributor to purchase athletic event tickets is 80 percent tax-deductible. The cost of goods, services, and amenities is not tax-deductible as a charitable contribution. The annual financial commitment for the suite and club-seating privileges thereby consists of two parts: 1) An 80 percent tax-deductible charitable gift benefiting the University of Iowa through the UI Foundation and qualifying the donor for the purchase of tickets in a particular premium-seating area, and 2) a non-charitable payment for goods and services provided by the University such as tickets, parking, use fees, and other amenities. The nondeductible portion will be determined and specified each season as applicable prices change. Pleas consult your tax advisor for details.
How will location and quality of hospitality suites and club seats be determined? What if there is more interest than available suites or club seats?
The location of a contributor's suite or club seats will be determined in part by the pay amount of the annual qualifying gift payment ( as detailed in this brochure ) and in part by the contributor's historic giving activity for UI Athletics. Similarly, if demand for suites or club seats exceeds availability, historical UI Athletic giving activity will determine priority for access to suite or club-seating privileges.
For how many years may suites and club seats at a specific location be reserved through a commitment to make qualifying annual gifts?
Reservations are available for three, five, or seven years. At the end of each lease period, the current suite- or seat-holder will have the first right of renewal.
How will general ticket prices be affected by the renovation?
As traditionally been the case, ticket prices will only increase relative to the cost of operating the UI Athletics program. General ticket revenues will not be used to pay for the stadium renovation; the bonds required for the stadium renovation will be retired entirely by private support, including qualifying gifts for premium-seating privileges and direct gifts for stadium renovation, as well as by concession and scoreboard-advertising revenues.
Will season ticket holders be required to make a contribution to UI Athletics?
No. We expect some season tickets to be available to noncontributors; in addition, single-game tickets will continue to be available on a limited basis. Beginning with the 2006 season, the UI will institute a change to the I-Club priority-seating gift program: the level of a contributor's annual I-Club giving for each year will become the first factor in determining season-ticket location for that year. For information on general ticket sales, please contact Dave Sandstrom, Athletic Ticket Manager, at (319) 335-9309 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will UI students still have access to tickets and a seating location of their own?
Yes, UI students will always be able- and encouraged- to attend games. The student section will move to the new south stands and the southwest corner of the west grandstand. Because this is where the marching band will also be seated and where the team will enter the field, the new student section will add to the excitement and enhance the school-spirit ambience of the stadium.
Will any public or University money, such as state appropriation or tuition, go to renovating Kinnick Stadium?
No. The funding will come from a variety of source including:
- Gifts that qualify donors for suite and club-seating privileges
- A $10 million - $15 million capital campaign, which will go solely to the renovation project
- An I-Club priority-seating gift program, with qualifying gifts varying relative to proximity to the 50-yard line
- More sales resulting from more- and more efficient- concession stands
- Additional advertising revenue from the new scoreboard
Will construction affect football seasons?
The renovation will happen in two major phases so it will not affect the game-day experience for game attendees or the team. Major work beginning immediately after the 2004 season will include the replacement if the south end zone seating section, construction of the new south concourse, and renovation of the east concourse. Major work beginning immediately after the 2005 season will include the demolition and reconstruction of the press box, renovation of the west concourse, construction of the expanded west parking lot, and construction of the new south entry plaza. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of the 2006 season.
Will the architectural integrity of Kinnick Stadium be preserved?
Yes. The historic brick architecture, including the distinctive arches, will remain the dominant aesthetic characteristic of Kinnick Stadium. And with the new south entry plaza, the stadium will become an even more prominent Iowa City landmark and a primary entry point to the UI campus.
Why can't the UI renovate the south stands and make other necessary improvements without adding premium seating and suites?
This project is designed to create a better Kinnick Stadium experience for every game attendee. The costs to construct a new and safer south end-zone complex; provide new, more convenient concession areas and rest rooms; widen seats; streamline concourses; and make other infrastructure improvements throughout the stadium are far more than what typical athletic department revenues can cover. The usual manner of funding such renovations- at universities such as Penn State and Wisconsin, for example- is through revenue bonds retired by gifts qualifying donors to purchase tickets for seating in suites and club areas. Revenue generated by those premium-seating options, along with the $10 million- $15 million capital campaign and several smaller funding sources, will fund all phases of the Kinnick Stadium Project.
Will Kinnick Stadium always be named Kinnick Stadium, or might it be renamed to recognize a high-level gift?
While areas within the stadium and press box/hospitality facility will be named to recognize generous gifts, the name of the stadium itself will not change -- in fact, a prominent tribute to Nile Kinnick is planned for the new south entry plaza.
The Renovation Project|
Senior Associate Director of Athletics
Season and Single-Game Tickets/
Assistant Athletic Director for Ticket Operations
Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs
Private Suites, Indoor Club Seats, Outdoor Club Seats,|
Private Gifts and Capital Campaign
Associate Athletics Director
Senior Director of Development