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Nile Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City

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Kinnick Stadium, formerly known as Iowa Stadium, is a stadium located in Iowa City, Iowa, United States. It is the home stadium of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, in the sport of college football. First opened in 1929, it currently holds up to 70,585 people, making it the 7th largest stadium in the Big Ten, and one of the 20 largest university owned stadiums in the nation. It is named for Nile Kinnick, the 1939 Heisman Trophy winner and the only Heisman winner in university history, who died in service during World War II. 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 college football stadium named after a Heisman Trophy winner.ConstructionIowa Stadium was constructed in only 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. Despite several problems to overcome, including the athletic director's resignation and a slight redesign, the stadium was completed and the first game was played October 5, 1929, against Monmouth College. Iowa won the game 46 - 0. The stadium was dedicated two weeks later, when the Hawkeyes tied Illinois 7 - 7.
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  • First thing to know, it is only known as "Kinnick Stadium." The stadium was named after the only Heisman trophy winner from the University of Iowa. Kinnick died in a training accident in 1943 flying....  more »
  • The home of the hawkeyes football team. Amazing atmosphre and always a great place to be a hawkele fan!!!  more »
  • The new renovations to the North end zone are phenomenal. There is simply no atmosphere in college football that is more electric than Kinnick Stadium on a football Saturday. One of the true iconic venues in college football. Add in "The Wave", and you have an unforgettable game day experience.
  • Love this stadium. I've been going here for almost 20 years now and it never ceases to amaze me how much it's evolved over the years. From rushing the field as a teenager to coming here now with my family, can't get enough of this place. Great environment and good people.

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