College Stadium Review: Kinnick Stadium

Kinnick Stadium opened in 1929 as Iowa Stadium. It was renamed after the school’s lone Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick in 1972. Kinnick won the Heisman in 1939.

Kinnick Stadium holds over 70,000 Black and Gold wearing Hawkeye fans on fall Saturdays. Iowa is a member of the Big Ten Conference, which is one of college football’s best.  The Hawkeyes are in the Big Ten with some of the most tradition rich programs in the country. Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Illinois, Purdue, and Northwestern are among the schools that regularly visit Kinnick Stadium in the fall.

The Hawkeyes have a glorious tradition, which includes Rose Bowl victories in 1957 and 1959 and three other Rose Bowl games in 1982, 1986, and 1991. The Hawkeyes other bowl wins include the Orange Bowl in 2010, the Outback Bowl in 2004 and 2009, the Capital One Bowl in 2005 and the Alamo Bowl in 1996.

The Hawkeyes uniforms are modeled after the Pittsburgh Steelers and like the Steelers the Hawkeyes are known as a hard-nosed blue-collar type team. Stars form Iowa that you may have seen on previous trips to Kinnick Stadium include Emlen Tunnell, Paul Krause and André Tippett who are all in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Some other notable Hawkeyes include Chuck Long, Ronnie Harmon, Dallas Clark and Chad Greenway.

When at Kinnick Stadium, be sure to try a foot-long chilidog or a bratwurst while you watch some fantastic Big Ten football. The Hawkeyes have won the Big Ten 11 times and will be trying to make it 12 in 2015. Their home schedule includes Illinois State, Pittsburgh, North Texas, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota and Purdue. Those will be some very exciting games so be sure to get your tickets early.

Graphic via shive-hattery

You will also want to show up early because the Hawkeye fans know how to tailgate. In fact, Iowa is known as the one of the nation’s top party schools. When the game starts the team enters the field of play to AC DC’s Back in Black to get the 70,000 pumped up.

The Hawkeye fans are all about the game. You go to the tailgate parties to socialize. When the game starts it is all about football. The students stand up for the entire game, sitting only at halftime. The alumni and other Hawkeye fans are just as passionate about their team.

Kinnick Stadium is big time college football. The stadium is old school but the two new giant video boards and new turf give it a more modern look and feel. It is a great place to meet with friends or take the family out for a great day of Big Ten football.

After the game hit Iowa City for plenty of places to eat and party such as Wig and Pen Pizza Pub or the Vine Tavern.

Don’t wait to make plans for a great football weekend in 2015. Tickets are sure to go fast!

Graphic via hawkeyesports

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