Carver-Hawkeye Arena Enhancements

Completed: Fall 2011

Opened in January of 1983, Carver-Hawkeye Arena recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation thanks in part to generous support from Hawkeye friends—including Dale and Marilyn Howard, who showed their outstanding Hawkeye loyalty with a gift of $3.5 million to support the project. In recognition of the Howards’ transformational support, the university named the arena’s new addition the Dale and Marilyn Howard Family Pavilion—a four-story, 75,000-square-foot addition that features a state-of-the art strength and conditioning center, two practice courts for men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball, a new wrestling training facility, locker rooms, hospitality facilities, and modern office space for coaches and staff. The renovated arena helps the Hawkeyes compete nationally in recruiting and developing talented student-athletes.

Private support also is instrumental in providing scholarship support for the student-athletes who compete within Carver-Hawkeye Arena. By supporting the I-Club, you can help move us closer to our goal of fully funding scholarships for each of our Hawkeye student-athletes.

“Through scholarship support, I’m blessed with opportunities that would not be possible without our amazing donors. I’m so grateful for their generosity.”
—Hawkeye women’s basketball senior guard Melissa Dixon

The Details

The University of Iowa completed a series of vital enhancements to the 27-year old Carver-Hawkeye Arena in 2010-2011 including:

  • A new multi-court practice gym for men's and women's basketball and volleyball
  • A state-of-the-art strength and conditioning center of more than 11,000 square feet
  • Renovation and expansion of the Dan Gable Wrestling Complex
  • New locker rooms for men's and women's basketball, volleyball, and wrestling
  • Enhancement of the fan experience:
    • Improved concourse spaces for concessions and additional restrooms
    • Premium seating opportunities with expanded hospitality and entertainment areas
    • A new larger, high-speed patron elevator
  • New/remodeled office and meeting space for the more than 135 coaches and staff who work with student-athletes in the arena

The estimated cost of the Carver-Hawkeye Arena project was $43 million and was funded entirely with UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics revenues and gifts to the campaign.

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