10 @ 10: Test your knowledge of Kinnick Stadium
There won’t be a quiz at a later date, but today’s Hawkeye 10@10 is a history lesson.
How much do you know about Kinnick Stadium?
Today’s bye week special edition of the Hawkeye 10@10, your daily dose of Iowa news and notes, is all about the home of the Hawkeyes.
Delivered each weekday at 10 a.m. at Hawkmania.com, your home for all things Iowa, here is today’s Hawkeye 10@10:
1. The original Kinnick Stadium — then known as Iowa Stadium and essentially the east and west grandstand structure of the current facility — took six months to build in 1929.
It was constructed at a cost of $497,151.42.
2. Work began this summer on the $89 million Kinnick Edge project which will replace seating in the north end zone of Kinnick Stadium before the 2019 season.
Underground utility work and installation of a new playing surface was completed before the start of the current season and the north end zone grandstand will be demolished shortly after Iowa’s Nov. 18 home finale against Purdue.
New outdoor seating areas in the north end zone are scheduled to be completed before the 2018 season, while the entire project will be finished before the 2019 season opener.
3. Horses and mules did most of the heavy lifting as the stadium was constructed but long-held rumor is merely a myth.
For years, there were rumors that horses which died during the construction process were buried underneath what is now the north end zone.
Historians have been able to debunk the myth over time.
The animals were actually disposed of in the nearby Iowa River.
4. Monmouth College was the first visiting team to play at what was then known as Iowa Stadium.
The Hawkeyes defeated Monmouth 46-0 on Oct. 5, 1929 as part of a 4-3-2 season.
Iowa played two additional games at home that season, tying Illinois 7-7 in the stadium’s dedication game later that month and beating Minnesota 9-7.
5. Iowa Stadium became Kinnick Stadium in 1972, renamed in honor of the Hawkeyes’ lone Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick.
The halfback from Adel, Iowa, was a two-sport athlete at Iowa, playing both football and basketball.
He was the president of Iowa’s senior class and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the national scholastic honor society.
A consensus all-American on Eddie Anderson’s Ironmen team of 1939, Kinnick led the Hawkeyes to a 6-1-1 record including a 7-6 upset of Notre Dame in a game which saw Kinnick score every point and punt 16 times for 731 yards, both Iowa records.
A 1940 graduate of the Iowa college of commerce, Kinnick died in the Caribbean sea when his fighter plane crashed on a training flight on June 2, 1943 while he was an ensign in the United States Navy.
6. When first constructed, what is now Kinnick Stadium had a seating capacity of 53,000.
Seats were added to the south end zone in 1956, raising capacity to 60,000.
The north end zone that will be replaced was built prior to the 1983 season and increased seating capacity to 66,000.
There have been three expansion and renovation projects since, including a $90 million makeover prior to the 2006 season which included a new south end zone structure, press box and suites facility.
The stadium’s current seating capacity is 70,585, making it the seventh-largest stadium in the Big Ten, and the renovation that will begin in earnest later this fall will leave the facility with around a 70,000 capacity.
7. What is now known as Kinnick Stadium is the second stadium that Iowa football teams have called home.
The first was known as Iowa Field and was located on the east side of the Iowa River on the Iowa campus.
The site is now a parking lot which sits between the Main Library and the English Philosophy Building.
8. There is plenty of pink in the visitor’s locker room at Kinnick Stadium, actually the second pink locker room at the facility.
The first was tucked away under the east grandstand, painted during Hayden Fry’s coaching tenure as a way to have a calming effect on visiting players.
It definitely has played in the minds of some.
Michigan’s Bo Schembechler had his team managers cover every inch of pink paint with butcher paper whenever his Wolverines visited.
When the south end zone of Kinnick was rebuilt prior to the 2006 season and visitor’s locker rooms moved there, the pink followed.
Everything from the lockers to the urinals are pink in color, a legacy to Fry that lives to this day.
9. If it seems like it is a hefty climb to the top row of seats at Kinnick Stadium, there is a reason.
There are 79 rows of seats in both the east and west grandstands at Kinnick Stadium.
All seats inside the stadium structure are bleacher seats. If laid end to end, the seats would stretch 20 miles.
10. Iowa is nearing its 400th all-time win at home.
The Hawkeyes have won 398 home football games since first fielding a team in 1889.
Iowa is 398-218-16 at home since that time, including a 282-183-15 record at what is now known as Kinnick Stadium.