Crews worked all night to clear snow at Kinnick

Chad Leistikow
Workers clear snow off Kinnick Stadium's field before  Iowa-Purdue.

IOWA CITY, Ia. – A crew of 30 to 40 people spent all night digging out Kinnick Stadium in preparation for Saturday’s 11 a.m. football game between Iowa and Purdue.

The season’s first winter storm dumped at least half a foot of wet, heavy snow in Iowa City that fell persistently for 15 hours.

“There is no manual for this,” athletic director Gary Barta said.

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A collection of four snow plows cleared Kinnick Stadium’s FieldTurf seven times to keep up with a storm that began around 6 p.m. and didn’t quit until 9 a.m. The snow was scooped into trailers pulled by John Deere tractors, which would then drive through the Kinnick tunnels to unload the snow west of the stadium.

Barta said if the snow had stopped by about 6 a.m., there would have been a better chance of clearing out the bleachers, too. Game time temperature was projected to be 27 degrees with winds of more than 20 mph for a wind-chill around 7-10 degrees.

The coldest game ever in Kinnick remains Iowa vs. Michigan 2013 – 18 degrees, wind chills around zero.