When you watch the Iowa football team swarm the field to begin the 2019 season, you will do so inside a revitalized Kinnick Stadium—one that will feature a top-notch game-day environment and the best fan experience. As part of an $89 million renovation project, Kinnick will be transformed with new restrooms, concourse, concessions, videoboard, and over 1,600 new premium seats.
As we look to the future, private support will be important in allowing the University of Iowa to maintain a competitive edge. You can help us keep Kinnick Stadium a special place for generations to come—and make these game-changing advances a reality. With your support, we can create the best possible experience for all Hawkeyes.
Gifts and pledges of $5,000 and above will be recognized on a donor wall. For additional recognition opportunities, please contact the University of Iowa Athletics Development office.
The Kinnick Edge project will add 1,570 outdoor club seats to Kinnick Stadium. During the 2018 season, outdoor club seats will be ready for use, while construction is completed on the indoor club space. Construction will be completed prior to the 2019 season.
First annual gift is due by May 31, 2019, prior to 2019 football season
The Kinnick Edge project will replace the existing general admission seating bowl in the north end zone with upper and lower general admission seating bowls, two concourses, and a premium club level – the Ted Pacha Family Club.
Both concourses will have appropriately sized concession and restroom facilities. The main concourse on street level will be constructed with an open view toward the playing field. The upper concourse will have open decks at the east and west ends with views to the field and places where fans can congregate.
Between the two concourse levels, a premium club level (the Ted Pacha Family Club) will be constructed. Access to the club will be through a new skywalk, built as part of this project, to the existing West Campus Transportation Center to the north. The club will also be accessed by elevators and stairs. The club will have its own concessions and restroom facilities.
The renovation of the north stands is the next step towards modernizing historic Kinnick Stadium. It is fundamental to the mission of the football program, athletics department, and the University of Iowa to ensure the continued patronage by fans, supporters, and prospective student-athletes for generations to come.
In conjunction with the UI Athletics Department Facilities Master Plan, the north stands of Kinnick Stadium have been identified as an area in need of renovation. The 30-year-old structure was not included in the 2006 Kinnick Stadium Renovation project and has received no major renovations other than the video/scoreboard added in 2013. With recent advancements in stadium facilities, the north stands structure is becoming obsolete by modern-day standards.
The Kinnick Edge project will replace the existing general admission seating bowl in the north end zone with upper and lower general admission seating bowls, two concourses, and a premium club level. Both concourses will have appropriately sized concession and restroom facilities. The main concourse on street level will be constructed with an open view toward the playing field. The upper concourse will have open decks at the east and west ends with views to the field and places where fans can congregate. Between the two concourse levels, a premium club level will be constructed. Access to the club will be through a new skywalk, built as part of this project, to the existing West Campus Transportation Center to the north. The club can also be accessed by elevators and stairs. The club will have its own concessions and restroom facilities. Although the primary goal is to enhance the game-day experience, the club also has potential for non-gameday uses.
The Kinnick Edge project will be funded through private gifts and athletic departmental revenues. The project, estimated to cost $89 million, will be completed at no cost to UI students or state taxpayers. The UI Athletics Department is 100 percent self-sufficient and receives no state tax dollars; this project will be no different.
Construction will be completed over several years starting with some work taking place prior to the 2017 football season; the razing of the north end zone will begin after the 2017 season. The lower and upper bowl general admission seating and club seats are planned to be completed prior to the 2018 football season. During the 2018 season, temporary concessions and restrooms will be provided and the club area will still be under construction. All construction is to be complete prior to the 2019 football season.
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The Kinnick Edge project will add 1,570 new outdoor club seats with access to the Ted Pacha Family Club on the club level, and 712 chair back seats on the upper level. New club seats in the north end zone will be ready for the 2018 football season, with club room spaces fully completed by the 2019 season.
Following the passage of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (“Tax Reform Act”), changes were made to IRC 170(l) eliminating the 80% charitable deduction previously allowed. As of January 1, 2018, contributions to the I-Club are no longer tax deductible.
You are encouraged to consult your own tax advisor for applicability of the IRS regulations.
Terms are available for three or five years. At the end of each lease period, the seat-holder will have first right of refusal for renewal.
If your 2018 season tickets were not located in the north end zone, you may move there or purchase additional season tickets there, if there is availability at your designated upgrade timeslot in the spring of 2019.
Yes; ADA seating capacity in the north end zone will increase as a result of the Kinnick Edge project.
No; there will still be areas in the upper north and south end zones, as well as seats in sections 101, 110, and 131 that will not require a per-seat donation.
The student section will remain in the same area of Kinnick Stadium – sections 116-123 and 219-221.
Plans include using the current video board and ribbon board in the north end zone to create a large north end zone video board, in addition to a new ribbon board that will wrap around the north end zone.
Kinnick Stadium, considered a “cathedral of college football” is one of the most iconic and recognizable pieces of architecture in the state of Iowa. The monumental brick arches, Juliet balconies, limestone detailing, and heraldic shields on the pennant poles create its distinctive image and allude to the grandeur of its influence from the Roman Colosseum. Careful consideration has been made to create a new design that harmonizes with the existing structure while creating a new identity for the north end zone. An addition, that modernizes the fan experience, continues to push the University forward, and adds to the legacy of Kinnick.
The existing north end zone structure dating back to 1986 does not meet today's updated seating requirements, restroom needs, egress routes or concession demand. To build a new addition that brings the north stands up to today's standards requires a much larger building. The footprint of the site is very small, pinched to the north by Evashevski Drive. To fit the new program requires a three deck superstructure that will cantilever up and partially over Evashevski Drive. While the three level structure will be a departure from the traditional single deck seating, the overall massing and materials are to be complementary to the historic stadium. Much like the press box, it will extend the historic brick language at the base of the structure. Because the upper levels must be cantilevered, use of stacked masonry here, is not practical. The proposed design takes advantage of modern materials creating a façade for the club and upper concourse that is unique to the stadium while aligning the geometry and massing of historic east and west towers. The exterior of the upper levels will be a combination of glass and architectural panels that wrap the north end to provide a windbreak and sense of enclosure for the stadium. The new scoreboard will feature a logo to the exterior and with its elevated position above the upper bowl, will serve as beacon to the north that is visible for miles.
The ultimate goal architecturally is to maintain the character and complement Kinnick's image while modernizing its facilities.