Kinnick Stadium, home of the University of Iowa Hawkeye football team, is one of the most iconic and recognizable pieces of architecture in the state of Iowa. Careful consideration was taken to create a design for the replacement of the north end zone that harmonizes with the existing structure while creating a new identity. A replacement that modernizes the fan experience, continues to push the University forward, and adds to the legacy of Kinnick.
The small, pinched footprint of the site presented a challenge for the architects. To preserve as many seats as possible and to accommodate the desired program, a three-deck superstructure was required that cantilever’s up and partially over an existing high-traffic road. While the three-level structure is a departure from the traditional single deck seating, the overall massing and materials are complementary to the historic stadium.
Modern materials were chosen to create a façade for the club and upper concourse that is unique to the stadium while aligning the geometry and massing of historic east and west towers. A shingled glass and fiber cement panel windscreen façade wraps the entire structure and is evocative of a hawk’s wingspan. The system provides natural ventilation for hot early-season games, and blocks wind and moisture during the cold fall and winter months. The glazing features a custom designed frit pattern to mimic feather markings.
The rebuilt upper and lower general admission seating bowls, two concourses, and a premium club level meet modern day seating requirements, restroom needs, egress routes, and concession demands. The main concourse on street level was constructed with an open view toward the playing field and features 12 outdoor loge boxes. Added amenities on the upper concourse include 712 seats with chairbacks, open decks at the east and west ends with views to the field and places where fans can congregate.
Between the two concourse levels an enclosed 17,000-square foot premium club level has a spacious concourse lined with large backlit photos of Hawkeye game-day experiences. The area includes private restrooms, high-definition televisions, a private entrance via a new skywalk, and a commons area that will be used to host business meetings and other gatherings on non-gamedays.
Project work was completed during two off seasons while maintaining stadium functionality for more than 70,000 fans during the eight home games of the 2018 season. Final completion was achieved in time for the 2019 Hawkeye football season opener on August 31st.
1. Gage Brothers - Precast Concrete Stadia
2. Glen-Gery Corporation - Modular Brick
3. Peterson Aluminum Corporation - HWP Precision Series Wall Panels
4. Bendheim Glass &LangleGlas-System GmbH - Custom Open-Joint Glass Cladding System
5. Swisspearl Group - Largo Fiber Cement Panels within Glass Cladding System 6. Daktronics - Scoreboard Video Displays
7. Kingspan Group - Benchmark Designwall 4000 - Insulated Metal Wall Panels
8. Irwin Seating Company - Centurian II Stadium Seating 9. Lindner USA - LMD Expanded Metal Ceiling