Hawkeyes' game-changing facility nears completion

2014-09-02T19:56:00Z 2014-09-02T23:03:03Z Hawkeyes' game-changing facility nears completionSteve Batterson The Quad-City Times

IOWA CITY — It’s been called a game changer but in less than a month, the Iowa football program will simply call it home.

With plans to move over two days at the start of a bye week in the Hawkeye schedule on Sept. 29, construction crews are racing to complete a $55 million facility which will cover 218,000-square feet when completed.

“It’s not about something that will work for the next five years, it’s about something that will serve us for the next decade and beyond,’’ Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said Tuesday.

Actually the second phase of a two-phase project funded entirely with private donations and athletic department funds, the 110,000-square fee currently under construction includes strength and conditioning space, athletic training facilities, team meeting rooms, position group rooms, equipment rooms and locker rooms as well as offices for coaches and staff members.

At the front is a public commons area which includes a three-story high trophy case that will showcase the Hawkeye program past and present not only to fans, but to recruits. A video wall is among things people will notice. Above the entry doors is a Tiger Hawk etched in glass above the words “Iowa Football.’’

The new construction is attached to phase one of the project, a 108,000-square foot indoor practice facility which is adjacent to the Hawkeyes’ outdoor practice fields, all located a long touchdown pass away from Kinnick Stadium.

“Everything is under one roof,’’ Iowa senior associate director of athletics Jane Meyer said Tuesday. “When you look at this, the players when they come in, they have their meeting space, their locker room, all in one place. To be able to go in and out of an indoor facility, or to be able to come in at any hour to hone their skills, it’s a very efficient space for our student-athletes.’’

Ferentz describes the facility as “sensible,’’ containing amenities commonplace in the rapidly-changing world of intercollegiate athletics. There was enough flexibility built into plans that when the NCAA mandated earlier this year making snacks available to student-athletes around the clock that a nutrition nook was added to the design.

A wide central hallway runs from the front to the back of the facility, designed for the easy movement of equipment. On one side of the hall on the first floor sits locker rooms, featuring lockers 36 inches wide and with two areas that lock, and athletic training space. On the other, a mammoth 20,000-square foot strength and conditioning facility that will be outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment.

Back doors of the strength and conditioning space, which replaces an 8,000-square foot area at the current football facility, connect to the indoor practice facility.

The second floor includes team meeting spaces, smaller position group rooms as well as a team room which includes 180 comfortable 22-inch-wide chairs each with a Tiger Hawk emblem. The team room, complete with whiteboards and built-in projection equipment, can be split in half for offensive and defensive unit meetings.

Nearby are offices. A row of offices are designated for each assistant coach and the office Ferentz will utilize is modest in size and located near the front of the building where it overlooks Kinnick Stadium.

“That will be the fifth office I’ve had since I’ve been here,’’ said Ferentz, recalling former office space at the Iowa Field House and Carver-Hawkeye Arena before current offices were built at the Jacobson Football Complex.

“Going back to the (practice) bubble, when that went up, it was state of the art,’’ Ferentz said. “None of these things have happened with ease but people have really backed the program. I’m so appreciative, not only for the people who have their names on the walls, but for everybody who chipped in.’’

The present objective is to complete all team-related areas of the facility in time for a move on Sept. 29-30. Construction will continue on public areas after that date for a building that uses chilled water to heat and cool and meets university objectives for LEED silver-level requirements for sustainability.

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Football schedule

2015 Hawkeyes (0-0)

Date Opponent Time/result
9/5/2015 Illinois State TBA
9/12/2015 at Iowa State TBA
9/19/2015 Pittsburgh 7 p.m.
9/26/2015 North Texas TBA
10/3/2015 at Wisconsin TBA
10/10/2015 Illinois TBA
10/17/2015 at Northwestern TBA
10/31/2015 Maryland TBA
11/7/2015 at Indiana TBA
11/14/2015 Minnesota 7 p.m.
11/21/2015 Purdue TBA
11/27/2015 at Nebraska TBA

Past schedules

2014 Hawkeyes (7-6)

Date Opponent Time/result
8/30/2014 Northern Iowa W 31-23
9/6/2014 Ball State W 17-13
9/13/2014 Iowa State L 20-17
9/20/2014 at Pittsburgh W 24-20
9/27/2014 at Purdue W 24-10
10/11/2014 Indiana W 45-29
10/18/2014 at Maryland L 38-31
11/1/2014 Northwestern W 48-7
11/8/2014 at Minnesota L 51-14
11/15/2014 at Illinois W 30-14
11/22/2014 Wisconsin  L 26-24
11/28/2014 Nebraska L 37-34
1/2/2015 Tennessee L 45-28


Trophy case: Empty

Hawkeyes bowl history

1957 Rose   Oregon State W 35-19
1959 Rose   California W 38-12
1982 Rose   Washington L 28-0
1982 Peach   Tennessee W 28-22
1983 Gator   Florida L 14-6
1984 Freedom   Texas W 55-17
1986 Rose   UCLA L 45-28
1986 Holiday   SDSU W 39-38
1987 Holiday   Wyoming W 20-19
1988 Peach   NC State L 28-23
1991 Rose   Washington L 46-34
1991 Holiday   BYU T 13-13
1993 Alamo   California L 37-3
1995 Sun   Washington W 38-18
1996 Alamo   Texas Tech W 27-0
1997 Sun   Arizona State L 17-7
2001 Alamo   Texas Tech W 19-16
2003 Orange   USC L 38-17
2004 Outback   Florida W 37-17
2005 Capital One LSU W 30-25
2006 Outback   Florida L 31-24
2006 Alamo   Texas L 26-24
2009 Outback   South Carolina W 31-10
2010 Orange   Georgia Tech W 24-14
2010 Insight   Missouri W 27-24
2011 Insight   Oklahoma L 31-14
2014 Outback   LSU L 21-14
2015 TaxSlayer   Tennessee L 45-28