Iowa's New Football Building is Going to be Nice

By Jason Priestas on March 13, 2013 at 3:14p

Iowa will open the new Hawkeye Football Operations Center in the fall of 2014. Located a short walk from Kinnick Stadium, the 72,000 square foot facility features a three level Hall of Champions, meeting and player recreation areas, a weight room and a new indoor football field.

This is the kind of thing you hope schools are spending their network checks on. For Iowa, it means being able to show recruits a shining football cathedral instead of "the bubble."

We're also seeing more and more schools build interactive fan museums of sorts. While Ohio State doesn't necessarily need something like that, you have to wonder how much longer it will be until we see some type of public exhibit space at the WHAC.

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tennbuckeye19's picture

...the 72,000 square foot facility features a three level Hall of Champions...

Three levels? I guess they're hoping to grow into the space? Although, I suppose this will be a nice place to show off all of Ferentz's COY awards.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Maybe in Iowa they're big into minimalism:

Poison nuts's picture

Maybe one of the levels is his private bank vault??

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BuckeyeSki's picture

Facility of the Year!!!!!

They looked, but decided against using Florida based contractors

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millertime2011's picture

This is definitely what the big ten teams need to do. Anyone know who has the worst facilities?

Jason Priestas's picture

Northwestern is generally thought of as having the worst facilities with Wisconsin and Purdue not far behind.

703Buckeye's picture

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

Basso Profondo's picture

Very cool to actually see them put some serious effort forward.  That looks like it will be a very nice facility; let's hope they use it to actually recruit competitively!

FROMTHE18's picture

anybody catch the name of that cutie in the jean skirt by the first trophy case?

Bam_Childress's picture


5 ft 9 in - 185 lbs - ALL HEART

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Ha ha, but that was actually Lara Croft.

ATXbucknut's picture

Pretty FOC-ing nice. Football Operations Center at University Place (FOC-UP) is more apt for Iowa, but FOC works I guess.

OSUStu's picture

Had no idea David Guetta was a Hawkeye fan.  Terrible, terrible music.

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dubjayfootball90's picture

At times I felt like I was taking part in an 80's workout video, and other parts reminded me of running races on Need for Speed on playstation several several years ago...

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d1145fresh's picture

Glad to see this as it hopefully will increase the level of recruits and the caliber of play with Iowa. Hopefully the rest of the B1G take notes. 

biggy84's picture

Hall of Champions? Wouldn't that require having championships? 

BuckNutInAnnArbor's picture

"Cool music!" Said no one that ever watched that video.

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Doesntwork's picture

OSU will need 72,000 ft^2 just for the "hall of champions" given how many greats we had over the years...

Poe McKnoe's picture

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Hoody Wayes's picture

Hawkeyes: The SIMS!

Poe McKnoe's picture

Sounds terribly boring.

smith5568's picture

I actually really like the section of field turf that is in the weight room. That could lend itself to some pretty creative workouts. 

ColumbusBornAndRaised's picture

Looks similar to what one will have in 5 years.

Hovenaut's picture

Where's the running back burial grounds?


I always kind of envisioned that to be like Pet Sematary where they bury the dead Iowa RBs and they come back and get hurt even worse LOL

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scc8t's picture

No pink locker room in this facility. Too bad. 

scc8t's picture

Hey Iowa.  Considering you have made a lot of money off all of our bcs games over the years. Your welcome. 

703Buckeye's picture

Unlike most of the B1G, Iowa has actually won a BCS game.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter