IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa will have a logo displayed at midfield in Kinnick Stadium next season for the first time in nearly four decades.
The university announced Monday that the new field it is installing will have the “Tigerhawk” logo, the same one that adorns Iowa’s helmets, between the 45-yard lines.
Iowa has never had that logo, which it created in 1979, at midfield before. The Hawkeyes used a block “I” from 1972-80, but they’ve left midfield blank since.
The new surface is the first move in a major renovation to the stadium set to take place over the next few years, including replacing the entire north end zone stands following the 2017 season.
“The passion for the Tigerhawk is amazing. Wherever you go in the state, across the country, or throughout the world, when you wear the logo on your shirt, a friendly ‘Go Hawks’ shout is inevitable,” Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta said in a release. “The current Kinnick Stadium renovation provided an opportunity to add the Tigerhawk to the field. It will provide another great touch to an already iconic stadium.”