When completed in August 2006, Kinnick Stadium will be better equipped to meet, if not exceed, the needs of a wide and diverse group of friends and fans of the state of Iowa, the University of Iowa, the Iowa Hawkeyes, and intercollegiate athletics on college football Saturdays in Iowa City.
Improvements will range from upscale seating options and amenities available in a state of the art press box to three times the number of restrooms and more than two times the number of concessions stands available to the 70,000 fans who fill the venue six times each fall to celebrate the Hawkeye spirit and cheer the young men in black and gold to victory.
Funding for the $86.8 million project will be generated from a variety of sources, most notably a capital campaign and the leasing of private suites, and indoor and outdoor club seating options inside the stadium’s new press box.
The excitement surrounding the football program at the University of Iowa is arguably at an all-time high. Back-to-back appearances in New Year’s Day bowl games – highlighted by the Hawkeyes’ stunning 37-17 victory over Florida in the 2004 Outback Bowl – have signaled that Iowa’s determined march to return to a position of national prominence that matches that experienced in the early 1900s under head coaches Alden Knipe and John Chalmers, the early 1940s under the direction of Eddie Anderson, the 1950s under Forest Evashevski, and the 1980s and 1990s under Hayden Fry is well underway if not accomplished thanks to the leadership of current head coach Kirk Ferentz.
This final approval on the renovation of the home of the Hawkeyes is another indication of the heightened level of excitement that currently exists for the football program at the University of Iowa. It is also a clear and powerful statement of the University’s commitment to intercollegiate athletics at the University of Iowa because truly all student-athletes who participate in all of the varsity sport programs offered at the UI for the next 30, 40 or 50 years or more will be directly impacted by the renovation project.
Friends and fans of the University of Iowa and the Iowa football program are invited to learn more about the renovation of Kinnick Stadium, the celebration of Kinnick Stadium’s 75th anniversary and their options to become directly involved.