A Bird's Eye View

May 27, 2009

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The work continues inside historic Kinnick Stadium and won’t be complete for several weeks. However, that doesn’t mean a good look at what the finished product isn’t available.

Click HERE to see what the playing field inside Kinnick from atop the Paul W. Brechler Press Box currently looks like.

Once the project is completed later this summer, the UI will become the seventh Big Ten Conference institution to have an artificial surface in its football facility. That list includes Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio State, Indiana and the new stadium under construction on University of Minnesota campus. The Iowa football team currently practices on a synthetic surface when it is outdoors at the Kenyon Practice Facility and when inside “The Bubble,” the UI’s indoor practice facility.

The FieldTurf surface will replace the PAT – Prescription Athletic Turf installed during the 2005 season. Kinnick has featured a grass playing surface since the 1989 season. It had an artificial surface from 1972 through 1988.