It's the Fourth Quarter and Randy Has the Ball

July 29, 2005

Randy is the first name of the man who has been running the show at historic Kinnick Stadium from the outset of the renovation of the University of Iowa’s prized varsity football facility.

“We’re on schedule men,” he said with a grin Friday afternoon immediately outside what will be in four weeks the southwest gate to Kinnick.

“Make no mistake. We have a lot of work to do. But we’re on schedule. We’ll be handing the keys over to Jane (Meyer) and Bob (Bowlsby) on schedule.”

Well, that’s about as official as it can get in the construction business. Sure, there’s plenty of work to get done – all one has to do is tour the site and it’s obvious that there’s still lots to be done — and, as any seasoned college football fan knows, there’s plenty of ways a good game plan can go bad late in the fourth quarter.

Nonetheless, when the man at the top is excited, there’s reason to get excited. When the man at the top is calm, cool and optimistic, there’s reason to just fall in line and feel exactly the same way.

Highlights of this week’s visit to Kinnick? The fourth and final level of the press box is now in place…the floor that is. It’s a nice view and one that is very comparable to the view from the current press box’s rooftop.

The wrapping of the new main scoreboard with gray tone sheet metal is nearing completion and the finished product is looking grand, both in appearance and presence.

Signficant progress is being made in all of the spaces at field level – team lockerrooms, media rooms, coaches lockerrooms, official lockerrooms, training and equipment rooms – and inside the concourse on street level where there is an abundance of restrooms and concessions stands.

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.

2005 Iowa Football Kids Day
presented by Alliant Energy and the Iowa Hawkeyes

Historic Kinnick Stadium’s north and east grandstands will be open to the general public for a pre-season look at the 2005 Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday, Aug. 20. The team will stage a practice and a controlled scrimmage beginning at 11 a.m. Additional details will be announced in mid-August.