Iowa Alumni Magazine | October 2006 | Features

24 Things We Love About Kinnick

By Carol Harker
A 12-foot-high bronze statue of 1939 Heisman winner Nile Kinnick, 40BA, greets fans at the south entrance of the newly renovated Kinnick Stadium.

For the past two years, workers have hustled to put a classy game face on Iowa's Kinnick Stadium, preparing the 77-year-old athletic arena for opening day on September 2, 2006. They finished just in time, having invested some 500,000 man-hours to transform the much-loved stadium into a modern venue for 21st-century fans.

People are almost 100 percent enthusiastic in their assessment of the transformation. The grandstands are waterproofed; concourse ceilings are painted; more restrooms, water fountains, and concession stands enable better service; and fans gained a precious inch for each allocated seat in the stands.

Intent on modernizing the stadium without compromising its historic feel, project manager and senior associate athletic director Jane Meyer, 88MA, 92PhD, tips her hardhat to the 24 primary contractors and 63 sub-contractors who laid 800,000 bricks and nailed in 80 miles of studs—along with dozens of other materials.

To honor the updated stadium, fans have been wearing T-shirts with a message that well expresses their feelings. It says, "Kinnick Stadium—this is true sacred ground."

Kinnick Renovation Facts

It was a labor of love for the crews renovating Kinnick Stadium. Throughout the two-year project, completed in September 2006 just in time for another football season, 24 primary contractors and 63 sub-contractors worked together to update the historic 77-year-old stadium.

Senior associate athletics director Jane Meyer, 88MA, 92PhD, project manager for the renovation, explains that contracts were subdivided, allowing many firms in the state of Iowa to work on remaking the stadium.

450 30-yard dumpsters removed from site
1,000 tons recycled concrete from old press box
750 tons recycled steel from old press box
81,000 cubic yards excavated soil (enough to fill approximately 4,000 tandem trucks)
11,900 feet underground utility pipe laid
37,000 square yards asphalt removed
800,000 new bricks laid
200,000 CMU blocks used
500 tons cast stone installed
20,000 cubic yards concrete poured
3,500 tons structural steel installed
9,400 feet elevator cable used
424,241 feet of studs hammered in (Laid end to end, these would stretch 80 miles, all the way from Iowa City to Newton.)
704,000 square feet of drywall installed, enough to cover 15 football fields
412 doors hung
32,382 square feet windows installed
300,000 feet broadcast cable laid
300,000 pounds HVAC sheetmetal installed