Building Toward the Future

As the Hawkeye football team takes steps each day towards another special season, the UI is also taking steps each day to provide the Iowa football program with one of the finest indoor practice facilities in the country.

The first series of steps have begun, as phase one of the Iowa Football Facility campaign is underway. Construction began on the indoor practice facility in the parking lot west of the UI Recreation Building last month.

“We are very excited to see the construction begin on the indoor practice facility and truly appreciate the generous support we have already received,” said Matt Henderson, Executive Director of Development, Intercollegiate Athletics.

These steps will have an impact on football game day parking, but will have a greater impact on the future of the Hawkeye football program, adding to the special facilities already in place.

In 2002, the University of Iowa completed the Kenyon Football Practice facility and in 2006, the University of Iowa completed an $89 million renovation of historic Kinnick Stadium, enhancing one of the greatest college football environments and home field advantages in the nation.

The current facility projects will impact every area of the Iowa football program. As always, the emphasis will be on what is best for the student-athlete experience.

This project has commenced with the construction of a new permanent indoor practice facility. This facility will be located south of and incorporated with the Kenyon Outdoor Practice Facility. Construction of the indoor practice facility is scheduled to be completed for the 2012 football season. The estimated cost for these initial steps is $20 million.

When the new indoor practice facility is complete, the existing bubble will be demolished and additional parking will be added, connecting to the current parking lot north of Kinnick Stadium, with an additional entrance from Hawkins Drive.

“Phase two, the operations center, is equally as important to the Hawkeye football program,” said Henderson. While there is significant fundraising to be done, we know Hawkeyes fans see the need in this project and will join in supporting this initiative.”

Completion of the new football operations center will add the final element to what will truly be one of the finest football training facilities in the country. This building will guarantee an exceptional student-athlete experience and ensure the Hawkeye program remains competitive for many years to come. The football operations center will include approximately 76,000 square feet on two levels and will feature:

  • strength training area
  • team locker rooms
  • team meeting rooms
  • state-of-the-art technology for training, coaching and recruiting
  • athletic training facilities
  • recruiting/public space dedicated to the history and success of Hawkeye Football
  • coaches and support staff offices and conference rooms
  • equipment room

The football operations center will be located immediately south of, and connected to the outdoor practice facility. This will connect all parts of the football program, including team areas, coaching and meeting areas, and indoor and outdoor practice fields. With its close proximity to Kinnick Stadium, this facility will complete one of the most practical and comprehensive collegiate football training and competition venues in all of college football.

The football operations center is tentatively planned to be completed in 2014 with an estimated cost of $30-$35 million.

Visit the Campaign Page for more information about how you can support the Iowa Football Facility campaign.

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