Sept. 1, 2006
The University of Iowa will celebrate the completion of its two-year, $86.5 million renovation of historic Kinnick Stadium today at 4 p.m. with a rededication ceremony on the Krause Family Plaza. The event is open to the public.
Fans can watch the rededication ceremony live on the web by visiting Hawkeye All-Access inside hawkeyesports.com, the official world wide web site of the Iowa Hawkeyes. Customers of Mediacom in the state of Iowa can also watch the event on Mediacom’s “Connections” channel live at 4 and again at 11.
In addition to rededicating the UI’s prized football facility, the UI will also dedicate the Krause Family Plaza and unveil the 12-foot-tall bronze statue of the stadium’s namesake, 1939 Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick. The statue’s finish is described by the foundry as “dark traditional patina.”
The statue rests on a 4-foot-high base covered in mosabi black granite. Here is a summary of what has been chiseled into the four faces of the base.
The following is seen as a fan of the Hawkeyes walks out of the historic Kinnick Stadium.
“…until the game is won.”
The following is seen as a fan of the Hawkeyes walks into historic Kinnick Stadium
“… give me the courage and ability to so conduct myself in every situation that my country, my family and my friends will be proud of me.”
Nile Kinnick, Jr.
Excerpted from an entry in his personal diary
December 3, 1941
The following is seen as a fan of the Hawkeyes walks past the face of the base that faces east.
Nile Kinnick, Jr.: The Athlete
A varsity football letter winner in football (1937-39), Nile Kinnick Jr., was the cornerstone of the University of Iowa’s legendary “Ironmen” team of 1939. Kinnick was awarded the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Trophy that year after leading the Hawkeyes to a 6-1-1 record. Kinnick’s list of honors received included being named consensus all-American, the most valuable player of the Big Ten Conference and Associated Press Collegiate Athlete of the Year.
The following is seen as a fan of the Hawkeyes walks past the face of the base that faces west.
Nile Kinnick, Jr.: The Student
Nile Kinnick, Jr., was an outstanding student and campus leader. A member of the national scholastic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, Kinnick earned a bachelor’s degree from the UI’s College of Commerce in 1940, the same year that he served as president of the University’s senior class.