Top Notch Facilities, Top Notch Athletes
A year-round commitment, both in the classroom and on the field of play, is required to provide Hawkeye student-athletes the opportunity to train to be the best. The UI works daily to improve and enhance an already established first-class experience for its student-athletes.
A major element of this experience is the facilities in which Hawkeyes study, train and compete to become some of the finest student-athletes both in the Big Ten, and nationally.
In order to accomplish goals on and off the field, the UI strives to provide its Hawkeyes with top-notch facilities. 2011 has been a major year for the development of athletics facilities on the UI campus.
“Over the past ten years, we have invested over $175M in our athletic facilities and that does not include our current projects,” said Matt Henderson, Executive Director of Development, Intercollegiate Athletics. “We are very appreciative of our fans who have supported us with annual support, endowed scholarship support and in our capital projects. We don’t take that support for granted and continue to work hard to merit future support.”
Over the course of the last year, the UI has completed the renovation of Carver-Hawkeye Arena and the Dale and Marilyn Howard Family Pavilion, begun construction on the new Iowa Football Facility, and approved the construction of the Iowa Varsity Golf Complex.
As always, the emphasis on the current facility projects will be on what is best for the student-athlete experience.
“When you look at the Russell and Ann Gerdin Athletic Learning Center, Ronald D. and Margaret L. Kenyon Outdoor Football Practice Facility or the P. Sue Beckwith Boathouse each capital project has a goal to improve the current student-athletes experience and increase their opportunities to succeed” said Henderson.
The four-story Howard Family Pavilion, a 75,000-square-foot addition, features an 8,000-square-foot state-of-the-art strength and conditioning center, two practice courts for men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball, new wrestling training facility, locker rooms, hospitality facilities, and modern office space for coaches and staff.
Student-athletes and staff moved into the facility in August and finishing touches on the project are being completed in time for the upcoming winter sports schedule.
The first series of steps have begun on the Iowa Football Facility campaign, as phase one is underway. Construction began on the indoor practice facility in the parking lot west of the UI Recreation Building last month. 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.
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. The football operations center will include approximately 76,000 square feet on two levels and will feature a strength training area, team locker rooms, team meeting rooms, state-of-the-art technology for training, coaching and recruiting, athletic training facilities, staff offices, conference rooms, a new equipment room and a space dedicated to the history and success of Hawkeye Football. The football operations center will be located immediately south of, and connected to the outdoor practice facility, connecting all parts of the football program. 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.
The state-of-the-art Iowa Varsity Golf Complex will overlook the sixth hole at Finkbine Golf Course. The new facility will feature a 3,150 square foot putting green that can be modified much like a natural grass green, effectively recreating an outdoor putting surface, a 1,200 square foot performance studio featuring the V-1 Video Swing Analysis System, allowing players to digitally record, analyze, and compare their swings to professionals to learn from the best in the world, two heated hitting bays open to the driving range enabling up to five student-athletes to work on full swing mechanics throughout the entire year, men’s and women’s locker rooms, coaches’ offices and a team lounge which will display the history of Iowa golf. The estimated total cost of the Iowa Varsity Golf Complex is $1.8 million.
All three facilities, paid for entirely with UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics revenues, will provide crucial practice space and training opportunities for the young men and women who wear the Black and Gold, enabling them to maximize their athletic potential while allowing greater flexibility and efficiency in managing their demanding academic schedules.
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