Iowa begins $2.2 million field renovation

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

The Kinnick Stadium field has been reduced to a pile of sod, as Iowa begins its $2.2 million drainage replacement project. Iowa opted to replace its 20-year-old drainage system at Kinnick after field conditions progressively worsened in bad weather, such as last year's game against Iowa State.

The university announced today that FieldTurf will be installed beginning in June, with the work to be completed by the Sept. 5 opener against Northern Iowa. Iowa becomes the seventh Big Ten team to go to FieldTurf, joining Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin.

"We're excited about fixing the significant drainage problems in Kinnick Stadium, and updating our field system to the first-class level representative of Hawkeye football," athletic director Gary Barta said in a statement. "FieldTurf is a proven product. The company has successfully installed fields in many of the top collegiate and professional venues in the country."

Kinnick Stadium underwent an $89 million renovation two years ago that included new locker rooms and the addition of more suites. The field replacement is the final step toward modernizing the facility, which turns 90 years old in October.