It’s official: Kinnick Stadium getting $90M renovation

HawkCentral staff

Get excited Hawkeye fans because Kinnick Stadium is officially being upgraded.

An artist's rendering of the North End Zone proposal at Kinnick Stadium, which is expected to be approved next week and completed by the 2019 season.

The Iowa Board of Regents on Thursday approved a $89.9 million renovation to the stadium's north end zone, a three-year project designed to provide more comfort for fans in the form of wider aisles and benches, and more restrooms and concession stands.

When completed, the north end zone will have about 10,234 seats, including 8,516 general admission seats divided between the lower bowl and upper deck, according to a news release from the University of Iowa. Outdoor seats number 1,570 on the club level, with opportunities for 148 Ironmen outdoor boxes and premium patio patrons at the main concourse level.

Kinnick Stadium will lose about 1,500 general-admission seats but will add 1,718 “premium” seats that will generate increased revenue for the university, University of Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said Wednesday.


Barta said all current season ticket holders in the north end zone will be taken care of once a new structure is built there for the 2018 season. In addition, the university has a waiting list of more than 300 people desiring premium seats, and they also will be accommodated when the project is completed for the 2019 season.