Concrete Here, There, Everywhere

July 25, 2005

Concrete here, concrete there, concrete everywhere.

That about sums up the most obvious-to-the-eye progress at historic Kinnick Stadium. Concrete is being poured daily west of the home of the Hawkeyes as workers complete the reconstruction of the parking lot.

Concrete is being poured along the perimeter of the new south grandstand to provide the walkway that will be used by fans of the Hawkeyes this fall to access their seats in that portion of the facility.

And, concrete is being poured at different locations of the new press box including at its base and as the floors of the various levels within the structure.

The final exterior bricks were laid late Friday two weeks ahead of schedule. Work also continues at a feverish pace on all the spaces at street level within the concourse of the south grandstand, and at field or ground level where the team lockerrooms and a variety of other rooms march toward completion.

Workers are also testing the new videowall within the new main scoreboard. That testing will continue for another day as electricians do their work with that addition to historic Kinnick Stadium.

Fans of the Hawkeyes can follow the progress by visiting the photo gallery at, the official world wide web site of the Iowa Hawkyes.

Fans are reminded that single-game tickets for Iowa’s 2005 season opener Sept. 3 against Ball State and its Sept. 17 date against intrastate rival Northern Iowa went on sale yesterday. Both games are expected to reach sellout status much sooner rather than later.

Fans who have not yet purchased their tickets to a home game of the 2005 Iowa Hawkeyes are encouraged to do so by calling the UI Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800 IA-HAWKS or by purchasing their games tickets online at, the official world site of the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Fans can also purchase tickets in person at the UI Athletic Ticket Office location inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena or at the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau information desk inside the main entrance of Coral Ridge Mall.

Also, discussions are taking place regarding opening a practice of the team for the annual “Alliant Energy Kids Day” – a free event designed to provide younger fans of the Hawkeye who don’t routinely attend games at Kinnick Stadium a chance to see their favorite student-athletes in-person inside the UI’s cherished varsity football facility. (It’s probably worth noting that more than a few older fans of the Hawkeyes also seem to find their way to the event, too!).

For that activity to occur, however, it would need to be staged inside Kinnick Stadium. Staff of the UI are assessing all issues related to moving the thousands of fans of the Hawkeyes who would likely attend such an event in and out of the construction site safely.

An official announcement will likely be made at the 2005 Iowa Football Media Day scheduled for Aug. 8