Kinnick: More Finishing Touches

Aug. 25, 2005

The nationally ranked University of Iowa football team moved a practice earlier this week out of its Kenyon Practice Facility and into Kinnick Stadium to give the staff responsible for operations of the scoreboard, sound system and videowalls inside the UI’s football facility a chance to simulate a game using the new equipment that’s been made available to them as a result of the multi-million dollar renovation project.

One of the best outcomes of the day was the collection of photographs of the new scoreboards in action. Fans of the Hawkeyes have been increasingly curious about this piece of the renovation and their game-day experience. Suffice to say, the images are brilliant, the technology is powerful, and the sound system…well, it state-of-the-art and sounds absolutely crystal clear and isn’t too soft or too loud.

Pictures of the main scoreboard and its massive videowall and the videowall that’s been installed at the northwest corner of the facility – the square footage of available video area in that space is approximately the same size as that what was available in the main scoreboard a year ago – have been added to the photo gallery inside, the official world wide web site of the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Staff of also visited Kinnick today to take a snapshot or two of the intallation of the Tigerhawk that was begin installed in the space at the center of the new main scoreboard.

To get to the photo gallery of, click HERE.

A few reminders for fans of the Hawkeyes…

First, a limited number of tickets are available for the Iowa football team’s 2005 season opener Saturday, Sept. 3, against Ball State inside Kinnick. You can purchase yours online at, by calling 1-800 IA-HAWKS, or by visiting the UI Athletic Ticket Office in Carver-Hawkeye Arena or the Iowa City Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau information desk inside Coral Ridge Mall.

Fans making their game-day plans are reminded to visit a pair of web site locations that will be helpful in their planning. The first is the UI’s “Game-Day Information” page that’s available HERE. It includes a variety of helpful hints ranging from what is not allowed inside Kinnick Stadium on a game-day to game-day parking hints.

And, speaking of parking, the UI has created an interactive game-day parking map that will prove useful for fans who have special parking placards and those who do not. To access that map, click HERE.

On this page you’ll notice a link for information related to game-day road construction. There is plenty occurring on the UI campus and in the greater Iowa City and Coralville areas. All construction will have an impact on game-day traffic. The UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics suggests strongly that you leave earlier than routine for Iowa City and plan to be delayed by road construction.

However! If you’d like to avoid the hassles of game-day parking and road construction, one very good alternative is the Hawkeye Express. The “Train to the Game” is in operation again this year from nearby Coralville and will make the last five miles of anyone’s trip to and from Kinnick infinitely simpler. Frankly, it’s also a lot of fun. For information about the Hawkeye Express, click HERE.