Jan. 23, 2006
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Well, a year ago the south end of historic Kinnick Stadium was the state of Iowa’s largest swimming hole and everyone wondered just how a new south grandstand could ever be constructed in time for the 2005 season opener. Well, fans of the Hawkeyes…here we go again!
hawkeyesports.com toured Kinnick Stadium and the south end of its new press box and while work is happening at a feverish pace everywhere from the fourth floor of the structure to deep inside the east concourse, there’s no denying the fact that there is simply a lot of work to be done.
Specifically, the structural steel for the center of the new press box is being installed piece by piece, floor by floor. Like last year, Mother Nature is cooperating and, therefore work in the elements likes the assembly of the structural steel is likely to move ahead at a faster pace.
Likewise, the demolition and reconstruction of the east and west concourses will also plod forward a little quicker as a result of workers not having to deal with temperatures buried in single digits. And, make no mistake, there’s lots of work to be done. Currently, each concourse is floorless – the concrete that was the walking surface is gone. So, too, are big chunks of the walls. Those soon will be replaced with entries to concessions stands and restrooms.
“This is by far the piece of the renovation project that will impact the greatest number of friends and fans of the Hawkeyes. We’re just very, very excited about how the significant increase in restrooms and concessions stands will positively impact the game day experience for our fans.”
UI Senior Associate Athletics Director Jane Meyer
“This is by far the piece of the renovation project that will impact the greatest number of friends and fans of the Hawkeyes. We’re just very, very excited about how the significant increase in restrooms and concessions stands will positively impact the game day experience for our fans,” said Jane Meyer, the UI’s senior associate athletics director and the staff member responsible for the day-to-day management of the multi-million renovation of the UI’s prized football facility.
To view the latest additions to the photo gallery at kinnickrenovation.com, the official world wide web site of the renovation of Kinnick Stadium, click HERE and click on “Construction Progress” in the drop-down menu behind “Photo Galleries.”