Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, IA has been the home of the Hawkeyes men’s and women’s basketball teams, wrestling team, gymnastics team, and volleyball team since 1983. The arena is named after the late booster Roy J. Carver and seats 15,400.
In the past few years, Carver-Hawkeye Arena has undergone a few renovations. The renovation that took place between 2009 and 2011 upgraded the arena’s premium seating, added new practice facilities, added new teams locker rooms and added new coaching offices. More recently, the Hawkeyes began improving the arena’s video and sound systems in 2016.
Over the years, Carver-Hawkeye Arena has hosted numerous notable events. The arena has hosted the Big Ten and NCAA wrestling championships several times and even hosted Olympic wrestling trials in 1984 and 2012. Carver-Hawkeye has also been the site of many NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Tournament games and numerous concerts featuring acts such as Stevie Nicks, Metallica, and Guns N’ Roses.
Iowa City’s Kinnick Stadium is the home of the Iowa Hawkeyes football team. The stadium opened in 1929 and is named after Iowa’s only Heisman Trophy winner. Kinnick Stadium can hold 70,585 fans at maximum capacity which is why it is consistently voted one of the best stadiums in the Big Ten.
Having served as the University of Iowa’s football stadium for almost a century, Kinnick Stadium has been expanded and renovated several times. From 1956 to 1990 Kinnick Stadium saw three major expansions, the first in 1956 saw the stadium’s capacity expand to 60,160 from its original 53,000. The stadium was expanded again in 1983 and 1990 when grew to capacity increased to 67,000 and then 70,220. Kinnick Stadium experienced its most recent major renovation in 2004 when a $86.8 million project was undergone to add a new press box, a new scoreboard and sound system, permanent seating in the south end zone, and more restrooms and concession stands. In 2013 the stadium saw its most recent upgrade when the video board and sound system were updated once again.
Over the course of its history Kinnick Stadium has been home to many memorable moments, which all started with a 46-0 Hawkeye victory over Monmouth College on October 5, 1929. In 1985, Kinnick Stadium was host to the biggest victory in Iowa history when the #1 Hawkeyes knocked off the #2 Michigan Wolverines 12-10 on a last second field goal by Rob Houghtlin. More recently in 2008, the Hawkeyes knocked off the #3 Penn State Nittany Lions 24-23 sparking a 13 game winning streak that would extend into the 2009 season.