Kinnick Stadium is already one of the tougher places to play in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes seem to score at least one signature upset at home most years.
In 2017, a game at Kinnick changed the course of the entire college football season. Iowa blasted Ohio State at home 55-24.
The Buckeyes might have been able to survive a loss at Iowa and made the College Football Playoff. They could not survive a 31 point loss that felt even worse than that margin, if possible.
With the famous pink opposing locker rooms, and as of last year, the awesome “Kinnick Wave” tradition, Iowa already has a really cool home field environment. Now, the stadium may be getting louder.
Over the weekend, Iowa posted video about the ongoing Kinnick Stadium renovations.
Senior construction manager Mike Kearns was interviewed about the ongoing upgrades.
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The North end zone seating is being upgraded to add box and club seating. The renovations are expected to actually reduce the full stadium capacity slightly, as new seats will have more room.
They will also make the stadium “substantially louder.” From the interview with Iowa sports host Laura VandeBerg, around the two minute mark of the video above:
“VandeBerg: A lot of fans want to know, will it do anything to the noise factor? Will it increase?
Kearns: So, we are expecting to be substantially louder. With filling in the corners and then having a taller structure to bounce sound off of, it’s going to be a lot louder than the old stands.”
Since 2008, Iowa is 5-1 against opponents in the AP Top 5 at home. It is already very hard to win at Kinnick, and it may get even harder with these new upgrades.