IOWA CITY, IOWA — The University of Iowa baseball team announced a facility upgrade to Duane Banks Field on Friday.
These renovations will significantly improve the game day experience at Duane Banks Field with renovations to the press box, bleachers, concourse, dugouts and stadium entrance. The upgrades will increase stadium seating capacity, provide improved ADA access and seating, and enhance the fan experience with premium seating opportunities, additional concessions, and restrooms.
Over the past decade, there have been substantial enhancements to Duane Banks Field — adding an on-campus hitting facility, Sharp Family Videoboard and new AstroTurf field. Even with great progress, Duane Banks Field remains the second-oldest facility in the Big Ten.
"The most important thing we have done at Iowa is establish a winning culture — doing your best on and off the field. We want to have a chance to compete for a national championship, and we can do that here at Iowa."Rick Heller, Iowa Baseball Head Coach
Iowa’s only Division I baseball program has seen success in Iowa City because of a growing fan base, hard-working student-athletes, and a top-notch coaching staff. Over the past nine seasons, Iowa baseball is 134-42 in Iowa City under Heller.
Fans can make a tax-deductible gift of any amount today to support the revitalization of Iowa Baseball Stadium and Duane Banks Field. A $1,000 contribution will get your name on a seat in the revitalized facility, while donors who give $10,000 will receive recognition on a donor wall.
I can remember when I was young, I told my dad that I wanted to help turn the Iowa baseball program around. When it came time to wear Iowa across my chest, I was very grateful that coach Heller provided me with that opportunity. Winning has become the standard at Iowa, and I am proud that future Hawkeyes are inheriting a culture that demands success.Robert Neustrom, All Big Ten Conference Player and 2018 Draft Pick By The Baltimore Orioles
Banks Field was originally built in 1974. The stadium had dimensions of 330 feet down the lines, 375 in the power alleys and 400 to center field. That has decreased slightly and currently sits at 329 down the lines and 395 to center field.
In 2002, former Hawkeye and former Major Leaguer Cal Eldred donated $245,000 to fund the installation of lights at Banks Field.
The complex at Banks Field currently features locker rooms for both teams and umpires and a press box that was initially built in 1989 and renovated in 2002.