Renovations to Kinnick Stadium have been approved by the University of Iowa board of regents.
At a cost of $88.9 million, the upgrades will be largely focused on Kinnick Stadium’s north end. The current structure in this section of the stadium will be torn down and completely replaced, with the new north end including premium seating, a second deck, new concourses, a state-of-the-art videoboard, and enhanced concession and restroom space.
Renovations will take place over a three-year period, starting with demolition of the north end and the replacement of the playing surface at the end of the current college football season. All of the upgrades should be in place by the 2019 campaign.
“Kinnick Stadium is recognized as one of the iconic football stadiums in college football,” said athletic director Gary Barta. “Our primary goal is to enhance the fan experience. We are closing in the north end zone; fans will be that much closer, that much louder, and the Kinnick Edge will be that much greater.”
“As with all other athletic department projects, this renovation will be completely funded by UI Athletics, through private support, bonding, and athletics revenue. We are grateful to our loyal fans, who continue to recognize our need for these projects and upgrades so that we remain competitive.”
“University of Iowa football is built on tradition, and the cornerstone of that tradition is Kinnick Stadium. Every Hawkeye player and coach who has stepped onto that field knows it is a unique place that carries special meaning,” said head football coach Kirk Ferentz. “More important, though, is when Hawkeye fans tell me what this stadium means to them. Memories from Kinnick have been made for generations and this is a wonderful opportunity to continue that tradition for many years to come.
“The pride and value Iowans place on this university is unmatched – and it goes well beyond a football stadium and athletics. Whether it’s the new Children’s Hospital, our new dormitories or the arts campus, we understand, as Iowans, that an investment at the University of Iowa is an investment in our future and our state.”
Kinnick Stadium’s seating capacity, which is currently 70,858, will be at roughly 69,000 spectators once the upgrades are complete.
Rendering courtesy University of Iowa.
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