IOWA CITY, Iowa — Football fans in the Hawkeye (and Cyclone) State will have a chance to see the iconic crystal football on Kinnick Stadium’s south porch this weekend.
The American Football Coaches Association Trophy presented by Amway makes a stop in Iowa City this weekend for the Iowa-Iowa State football game. Fans will be able to take free pictures with the trophy in the Krause Family Plaza outside of Kinnick from 3:30 CST until about the 6:30 kickoff, when it moves to the sideline.
“We want fans and students and all of those who watch college football every day to be able to have the access,” AFCA spokeswoman Ginnie McSpadden said. “So I think that makes our jobs rewarding to see the reactions and just the awe factor.”
McSpadden and AFCA account executives Joshua Snead and Michael Harker made the rounds to eastern Iowa media outlets Thursday and Friday, showcasing the trophy. Last Monday, the trophy was in Orlando, Fla., for Ole Miss-Florida State. Next week, it heads to Cincinnati-Houston on Thursday and then Stanford-USC.
While the College Football Playoff trophy has become the official symbol for the championship coronation, the AFCA coaches trophy still heads to the winning team. Images of the winning coach kissing the football and hoisting it remain indelible.
“When you think of the national championship, you’re always going to think of the crystal football,” McSpadden said.
A couple of trophy facts:
- It’s made from Waterford Crystal and takes three months to create.
- The entire trophy weighs about 50 pounds and sits 4 feet tall.
- It’s worth in total about $30,000.
- About 600,000 people have taken pictures with it.
- It’s the same trophy presented to the championship team in January.