After only seven months of construction Iowa Stadium a.k.a. Kinnick Stadium opened in 1929. In 1929, the newly constructed stadium was named Iowa Stadium. It remained Iowa Stadium until 1972, when a sports writer for the Cedar Rapids Gazette convinced the University of Iowa to change the stadium name.
In 1972, Kinnick Stadium was named after Nile Kinnick. Nile Kinnick was the 1939 Heisman Trophy winner. Nile Kinnick was the only Heisman trophy winner who died while serving during World War II.
A 20 foot bronze statue of Nile Kinnick is located by the team entrance to the stadium. The Nile Kinnick statue has him dressed as a scholar. There is a helmet placed on the foot of the Nile Kinnick statue. When the players pass by to enter the stadium, it’s a tradition Iowa Hawkeye Football Players rub the helmet, as a show of respect for Nile Kinnick. Also, all the on field entrances at Kinnick Stadium have a picture of Nile Kinnick placed above the tunnel before exiting on to the field.
Kinnick Stadium is home to The Iowa Hawkeyes. Kinnick Stadium is located in Iowa City, Iowa. Kinnick Stadium currently seats 70,585 people. Kinnick is the sixth largest stadium in the Big Ten. Kinnick is currently the 20th largest of the university owned stadiums. Kinnick is the 27th largest college football stadium. Kinnick is the 42nd largest stadium in the United States. Kinnick is the 86th largest stadium world wide. Kinnick is one of the Top 25 loudest stadiums in the United States.
The Kinnick Stadium has been through some major renovations in 1956, 1983, 1990 and 2004. The most recent major renovations in 2004 consisted of press box, a new score board, new sound system and putting permanent seating in the south end zone. The renovations didn’t stop there either. renovations also included tripling the number of restrooms, doubling the number of concession stands and some locker room changes. As recently as the Spring of 2009, the grass turf was replaced with a synthetic Field Turf playing surface.
Kinnick Stadium is well known for the pink locker rooms. When the locker rooms were renovated, then coach Hayden Fry had them painted pink. Hayden Fry thought that the passive color would put their opponents in a passive mood. The tradition started by Hayden Fry continues on with pink lockers and urinals, too.
On game days, the game day atmosphere around Kinnick Stadium, as well as blocks before will get you in the game day spirit. There is always plenty of food and tailgating on game days.