March 28, 2006
For the second straight year, the University of Iowa will not hold a spring football game. The continuing renovation of Kinnick Stadium will force the final practice, normally played in the stadium, to the team’s practice field again.
The $90-million project involving Kinnick Stadium is due to be completed prior to the start of the 2006 season.
“As much as we’d like to stage a spring game for our fans,” said Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby, “Their safety is our primary concern. Having an event in the stadium would not be the right thing for the players, fans or workers on the project.”
As was the case last year, the Hawkeyes will hold a controlled practice/scrimmage April 15th. The final day of spring workouts will be held at the team’s practice facility with only player families and special guests invited to attend.
“We regret leaving the fans out of the mix,” said Coach Kirk Ferentz. “Like last year, we’ll make up for it by staging a few events, which will include our fans, during pre-season workouts late this summer.”