That's Going to be a Big Building

April 1, 2005

Another week of good weather means progress is being made on all fronts at historic Kinnick Stadium.

The multi-million dollar renovation moves along with workers completing the installation of raker beams from midfield to the southeast corner of the new south grandstand, continuing work on ground level and street level of that structure and the beneath-the-ground work that is required for the new press box structure. Pictures for each of these pieces of the project have been added to the photo gallery of, the official world wide web site of the renovation of historic Kinnick Staidum.

The photgraph of the beneath-the-ground work for the new press box is particularly revealing. It provides a nice perspective on how deep and wide that new structure will be when completed prior to the 2006 college football season.

All things considered, the project is moving ahead nicely.

Work also continues elsewhere. Staff of the UI Athletic Ticket Office and members of the athletic development staff of the UI Foundation began the process of helping fans of the Hawkeyes who have purchased outdoor club seats make their seat selection. The first series of calls occurred Wednesday and will continue virtually every work day until the more than 500 fans who have expressed an interest in these premium seating options make their selections.

Fans of the Hawkeyes can follow the construction and the seat assignments at Fans who are interested in the availability of private suites, indoor club seats or outdoor club seats are encouraged to contact Mark Jennings at (319) 335-8903 or Andy Piro at (319) 335-3305.

And, speaking of Piro, he and other members of the athletic development staff are working with UI Foundation staff, UI Director of Athletics Bob Bowlsby and Jennings on the final details of the capital campaign that will be launched later this year to give friends and fans of the University of Iowa and the Iowa Hawkeyes an opportunity to support the renovation with private gifts.

You can learn more about that piece of this puzzle and more by visiting the official world wide web site of the National I-Club.