Sneak Peak at Renovations

Feb. 19, 2011

Editor’s Note: The following first appeared in the University of Iowa’s Hawk Talk Daily, an e-newsletter that offers a daily look at the Iowa Hawkeyes, delivered free each morning to thousands of fans of the Hawkeyes worldwide.

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s basketball team took a peak into the future Friday afternoon, as it was able to tour the renovation of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Student-athletes and coaches got a glimpse of the new women’s basketball office suite, along with the new state-of-the-art practice facility and strength and conditioning spaces.

The tour began on the concourse of Carver-Hawkeye Arena, where the new “main entrance” is located. The student-athletes were told about the hand geometry feature of the renovation. Instead of using keys to gain entry into the locker room, practice facility or weight room, they will be able to simply place their hand on the door and the system will recognize who it is.

“All of this stuff is really neat to see,” said junior Kamille Wahlin. “Now that walls are going up, you can really tell what the new place is going to look like. This is really fun to be a part of.”

Sophomore Jaime Printy can’t wait to have access to a practice gym to shoot at all hours of the day.

“The best feature is the new practice facility,” said Printy. “It’s going to be so nice to have a place where we can go in and shoot. It doesn’t matter what time, we can just go shoot. That’s going to be so awesome.”

Another new addition that caught the student-athletes’ attention is their new locker room, complete with a theatre-style film viewing room, lounge space and new locker areas.

“I was really surprised to see the film room,” said Printy. “You can easily see how much more room we will have to watch film. The video board is huge and the seating area is elevated like a movie theatre. I can’t wait until our new locker room is open.”

Sophomore Morgan Johnson predicts she will be spending plenty of hours in the new locker room.

“I don’t think I’ll ever have to leave the new locker room,” said Johnson. “The new lounge area is massive, and it’s going to have a ton of comfortable furniture. I can tell it’s going to be a great place to relax, study or just hang out with my teammates.”

With construction scheduled to finish in August of this year, the student-athletes are excited for the renovation to be completed.

“We can’t wait for this project to be wrapped up,” said Printy. “This is going to give us so many advantages. It’s going to help us with recruiting, and it’s definitely going to help us in our training. We are going to have the best of everything at Carver now.”

Be sure to check early next week for a small video tour of the new women’s basketball spaces at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.