Kinnick Stadium, formerly known as Iowa Stadium, is a stadium located in Iowa City, Iowa, United States. It is the stadium of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. First opened in 1929, it holds up to 70,585 people, making it the 7th largest stadium in the Big Ten. It is named for Nile Kinnick, the 1939 Heisman Trophy winner and the only Heisman winner in university history and it was named Iowa Stadium until 1972, when longtime lobbying by Cedar Rapids Gazette sportswriter Gus Schrader successfully convinced the UI athletic board to change the name. It is currently the only football stadium named after a Heisman Trophy winner. Iowa Stadium was constructed in seven months between 1928 and 1929. Groundbreaking and construction began on March 6,1929, workers worked around the clock using lights by night and horses and mules as the primary heavy-equipment movers. There was a rumor for many years that horses that died during the process were buried under what now is the North end zone, historians report this is a myth and the animals were disposed of in the nearby Iowa River. The round-the-clock construction came to an end in July, the stadium was dedicated two weeks later, when the Hawkeyes tied Illinois 7–7. The playing surface is currently synthetic Field Turf, although it was AstroTurf from 1972 until grass was reinstalled for the 1989 through 2008 seasons. The installation of artificial turf came at the time that Iowa Stadium was renamed Kinnick Stadium in honor of the Heisman winner who had perished 29 years earlier. When filled to capacity, Kinnick Stadium would be the fifth-largest city in Iowa, prior to the 2015 football season, the stadium did not have permanent lights, the school contracted Musco Lightings portable light trucks for night games in previous years. The school had installed permanent practice lights in 2012, by capacity, Kinnick Stadium is the 27th largest college football stadium, the 42nd largest sports stadium in the United States, and the 86th largest sports stadium in the world. On November 14,2015, Iowa set the collegiate wrestling dual-meet attendance record at Kinnick with over 42,000 fans in a victory over #1 Oklahoma State. Kinnick Stadium is well known for its pink visitors locker rooms, believing that pink would put opponents in a passive mood, and because he thought that some believed pink was a sissy color, Fry had the visiting locker rooms decorated completely in the color pink. The pink locker room tradition has continued with the newly renovated locker rooms. Controversy flared during the 2005 season when a law professor, along with other university faculty and students protested the pink coloration as demeaning to women. Despite these protests and with lots of student support, however, a more recent feature is the 20-foot-tall bronze statue of Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick, the statue depicts Kinnick dressed as a scholar, rather than in his football uniform
Image: Kinnick Stadium Press Box
Inside the visitor's pink locker room inside Kinnick Stadium. Former Iowa coach Hayden Fry had the locker room painted pink.
The new scoreboard in the south end zone at Kinnick Stadium.
The indoor practice facility under construction near Kinnick Stadium.