Good news, everyone!
The Tigerhawk logo is finally coming to the 50-yard line of Kinnick Stadium! I’ll even spare you the 1:42 and get right to the good stuff:
“But wait, what video?” You may have asked. The announcement was made by the Athletics Department in a pretty cool reveal/hype video:
BREAKING NEWS: Heart of a Hawkeye | https://t.co/ukAzNpQHrl | #Hawkeyes ⚫️ ⚫️— The Iowa Hawkeyes (@TheIowaHawkeyes) June 12, 2017
The change comes as the Kinnick turf is being replaced as part of the Kinnick Edge renovation that will eventually replace the entire north end zone stands.
I don’t think anyone is surprised by the news, given numerous recent hints from Kirk Ferentz himself, but it’s fun news nonetheless. For as long as I can remember, new Iowa fans and visiting fans seem to always ask why midfield at Kinnick is empty. This is something that fans have been asking about for a long time, so it’s nice to get a little fan love coming our way. I have to say, it looks nice, and the black Tigerhawk with gold trim is a nice touch that I think will look really good when we see it in person come fall.
This will be the first time the stadium has had a midfield logo since the 1980 season, where there was a block ‘I’, according to the press release. You’ll also notice that the north end zone will now have ‘IOWA’ in the middle of the end zone, without the Tigerhawk. The font for both end zones, as well as the yard lines, has been replaced with the “Hawkeye Font.”
The athletic department has also set up a livecam that can be viewed throughout the entire renovation process. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the feed. I’ve been watching for five minutes and I’m honestly mesmerized. Look at those bulldozers and excavators go!
So there we have it, folks. Now the only things left on my Kinnick Stadium wish-list are a Tigerhawk on the water tower and a full-scale Pancheros concession stand for chicken and burrito goodness to make up for those 11 a.m. kickoffs.
What does everyone think?