Jan. 14, 2008
IOWA CITY –The University of Iowa Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will celebrate 25 years in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Hawkeye men and women’s athletics teams moved into the facility in January of 1983 and this month completes the first 25 years of competition and other events in the Arena.
Three celebrations honoring Carver-Hawkeye Arena will be held in February. The men’s basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 2, between Coach Todd Lickliter’s Iowa Hawkeyes and Ohio State will be the first athletic event to recognize the building’s silver anniversary.
The facility named in honor of Quad City area industrialist Roy J. Carver will also be recognized the following day, Feb. 3, when Coach Lisa Bluder’s Iowa women’s basketball team plays host to Indiana and the evening of Feb. 17 when Coach Tom Brands’ nationally ranked Hawkeye wrestlers entertain Michigan.
A commemorative souvenir program and video will be created for fans attending any, or all, of the three events. Student-athletes from all teams who have competed in the arena are being invited back for the celebrations.
C. W. “Bump” Elliott and Dr. Christine Grant, the UI’s director of athletics in 1983, are expected to take part in the celebration along with former Iowa wrestling coach Dan Gable. It is hopeful that some members of the Carver family will also be in attendance.
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