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Release: Jan. 9, 2002

UI requests permission to relocate football practice field, expand Kinnick/UIHC parking lot

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will relocate its football practice facility to allow for the expansion of parking near Kinnick Stadium and UI Hospitals and Clinics, pending approval of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, at its monthly meeting in Iowa City Jan. 16 and 17. With the Regents' approval, the relocation of the football practice facility will also allow for future expansion of the UI's chilled water plant at Hospital Parking Ramp #3.

"We believe this project represents a 'win-win-win' solution for the university," said Drew Ives, interim associate vice president and director of the Facilities Services Group. "The Hawkeye football team will have improved practice facilities; we will address increased demand for parking by patients, visitors, faculty and staff at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; and we will be able to use another portion of the current practice field to expand a chilled water plant to serve our expanding West Campus and the future growth of our Arts Campus."

"The expansion of Parking Lot 43 could add space for as many as 300 vehicles, which would be a 40 percent increase over what we have now," said David Ricketts, UI director of Parking and Transportation. "It's a particularly welcome improvement because it would go a long way toward addressing faculty and staff access to UI Hospitals and Clinics. We hope to have it in place by next fall."

The proposed football practice area will be located west of the Duane Banks Baseball Stadium Field, and south of Grant Field, home of the UI women's field hockey team. It will include a regulation sized field with artificial turf, two 80-yard natural turf fields, a small natural turf exercise area, and a small services and entry area. It will be lit for nighttime use. The complex will total 192,000 square feet and will be surrounded by chain link fencing.

Once the football practice area is relocated, the university will expand Parking Lot 43 into the vacated space.

The university plans to negotiate separate design agreements with engineering consultants for the two different portions of the project. The estimated cost of the football practice facility component of the project is about $1.5 million, which will come from gifts to the athletic department.

The university will return to the Regents at a later date for permission to plan the addition to the chilled water plant. "The much-needed expansion of the university's chilled water capacity to serve the expanding arts campus can most efficiently be accomplished by expanding the existing plant in Hospital Ramp #3 to the north, into the current site of the football practice fields," Ives said.