PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Iowa athletics officials will present final plans for Kinnick Stadium’s north-end zone renovation to the state Board of Regents’ Oct. 19-20 meeting in Cedar Falls.
The project cost will exceed the $75 million estimate revealed in June, Iowa athletics director Gary Barta told Landof10.com. Pending Regents approval, the renovation will be constructed in waves with completion targeted for 2018. Infrastructure will comprise most of the construction in 2017 with the cosmetic changes coming in 2018.
Most of the 87-year-old stadium has received facelifts over time, but the north end zone has been left alone since the early 1980s. The tight seating area will include new club seats and loges, similar to the stadium’s west side.
Iowa athletics received permission from the Regents to plan the project in August 2015. Preliminary estimates ranged from $35-45 million and have since soared.
Barta said capacity will drop from 70,585 to around 70,000, which will still keep Iowa in the top 25 for attendance.
Final details will be released in mid-October.