Kinnick Stadium prepares for Back Porch Revival concert
Kinnick Stadium opened in 1929. That’s 36 years before the Beatles infamously invaded Shea Stadium for the ground-breaking stadium concert in 1965. That's 47 years before Blake Shelton, who headlines the first-ever concert at the stadium on Saturday, was even born.
Shelton, Big & Rich, Thomas Rhett and other country music stars plan to take over Kinnick on Saturday as part of the Back Porch Revival, a concert fundraiser for the Native Fund, a Dallas Clark-led nonprofit aimed at helping veterans, children and natural disaster-stricken Iowans.
In a phone interview with the Register on Wednesday, Clark said pulling off the show was "no layup." The stadium was built well before the rise of stadium-sized music events, so event organizers have to use cranes (yes, more than one) to bring in the stage and make the show a reality. Organizers estimate around 50,000 to attend the show.
“It’s been a work week,” Clark said. “It feels like a game week. Like we're having a Saturday kick off and we have a whole week to prepare for our opponent. It’s been a fun, fun thing.”
Here’s a bit of what Kinnick looks like during the concert transformation process.
Fear not, Hawkeye fans. Event promoters plan to have your sanctuary back to pristine playing condition in time for the Iowa home opener on Sept. 3.