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A look at Kinnick Stadium's north end zone, which has an $89 million renovation taking place.

Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium north end zone renovation seating update

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ANSWER: Many fans complained about the tight spacing in Kinnick Stadium’s north end zone, which hadn’t been renovated since 1983. Iowa officials chose a full-scale renovation that removes the one large grandstand and replace it with three levels. Demolition began after the home finale on Nov. 17, 2017 and construction continues each day depending on the weather.

All of the seats for Iowa’s $89 million Kinnick Stadium north end zone renovation will be ready at the various price points for the 2018 season. Right now more than 1,300 of the 1,570 outdoor club seats have been sold for $1,958 apiece, which represents the year Iowa won the Grantland Rice Trophy and claimed a share of the national title.

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A look at Kinnick Stadium’s north end zone shortly after the north end zone was demolished. Scott Dochterman/Land of 10

The 11 outdoor ‘Ironman’ loge boxes will be available for the upcoming season. There are no indoor suites associated with the project.

“I envision 11-12 seats together with concrete walls around you but it’s outdoors with radiant heat and food service and beverage service,” Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said. “The demand far exceeded the supply.”

Iowa had 35 people interested in the 11 boxes, Barta said. The indoor club, which is like a large sports bar with TVs and beverages, won’t be ready until 2019. It’s undetermined whether the food and beverage service will be available this season. 

Along with the 1,570 premium club seats, there will be 3,696 seats on the lower level, 4,108 third-level seats and 712 premium chair-back seats on the third level. Each seat’s width will be 18 inches, 1 inch wider than the former north end zone seats and leg room increases from 24 inches to 30 inches.

The two scoreboards and electronic ribbon for replays, which were installed in 2014, have been taken down and will be repurposed either at the stadium or somewhere on campus. The plan is to have one big scoreboard rather than the current two, and the department wants to see if the current ones can be plugged in together.

“The game management status, so that you know the play clock, you know the time of the game clock, will be there,” Barta said. “The video function, the fun stuff, won’t be there.”

Construction crews already have installed a concrete floor at the stadium. Steel beams will come up in the next few weeks and pre-cast concrete in March.

“Once it gets going, it will be non-stop,” said Damian Simcox, Iowa’s assistant athletics director for facilities. “Our biggest goal is to have everything ready by the start of the season by August. 

“They’ll continue to work during football season. Every seat will be ready on time.”

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