Iowa fan angst spikes after model shows no TigerHawk at Kinnick’s 50-yard line
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No more tiger hawk at midfield!?!?!?!?! 😉
— Nick Brown (@hawks4life89) January 31, 2018
ANSWER: A popular stop along the concourse at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Tuesday was a model of Kinnick Stadium and how it will look after its $90 million north end zone renovation, which will be completed in time for the 2019 season.
Fans gathered around the model and multiple drawings showing what will happen to the historic, 89-year-old stadium. Capacity will decrease from 70,585 to around 69,000. Among the project details includes upper and lower decks, a 17,000-square foot indoor club, plus 12 outdoor club boxes, 1,570 club seats and 712 chair backs. The outdoor seating will be ready for this fall, but the club won’t be operational until 2019.
But the model didn’t show a TigerHawk at Kinnick’s 50-yard line. Many fans on Twitter found that part concerning, especially after the iconic logo was placed at midfield before the 2017 season opener.
Fans need to remember much of the planning and designs for the north end zone project took place in 2016, a year before the TigerHawk was painted at the 50. Also, the primary reason why the athletics department chose last spring to put the TigerHawk on the field was because the artificial turf was replaced last summer. Fans overwhelmingly voiced their desire for a TigerHawk at the 50, and both football coach Kirk Ferentz and athletics director Gary Barta supported the measure.
The former artificial turf lasted eight years, and there’s no way Iowa will rip up this brand new surface during the renovation. So the TigerHawk remains safe at midfield — no matter what a nifty-looking model shows.
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