Stew and LeNore Hansen Football Performance Center

Completed: Fall 2014


Football Legacy Campaign

Athletics recently completed construction on the Stew and LeNore Hansen Football Performance Center. The 76,000 square foot football operations center features a strength training area, team locker rooms, team meeting rooms, state-of-the-art technology for all aspects of training, athletic training facilities, staff offices, conference and position meeting rooms, a new equipment room and space dedicated to the history and success of Hawkeye Football. The exciting new space, which is attached to the 102,000 square foot indoor practice facility, is set to opened in the fall of 2014 during the football bi-week.

“Our contributors have helped Iowa stay competitive by investing in our facilities. We have the newest indoor practice facility in the Big Ten, and many have said it ranks among the best. Matt Henderson, Executive Director of Development, Athletics for the UI Foundation. “Our fans and donors have made it a priority to help us build champions, and to build championship seasons. The new Stew and LeNore Hansen Football Performance Center is just the latest result of their loyalty and generosity towards our program.  We could not have the kind of facilities that we do without these very special Hawkeyes.”

The Details

Under the leadership of Kirk Ferentz, the football program at The Unversity of Iowa has firmly established itself as a leader in the Big Ten Conference and one of the most consistently successful programs nationally. In order for the UI to remain competitive, it needs to renew its commitment to the facilities used daily by its student-athletes. By doing so, the UI can not only remain competitive, but in many cases set a new standard, a standard that would also enhance its ability to recruit future Hawkeyes in addition to maximizing the potential of the student-athletes currently involved in the program.

At the very top of the master plan for continued success is a need to re-invent the Hayden Fry Football Complex by addressing changes, improvements, and upgrades to the Richard O. Jacobson Athletic Building and "The Bubble," Iowa's long-time indoor practice facility.

Phase 1 - Weather-proof Green Space ($20 million)

    • Indoor practice facilities

Phase 2 - Football Operations Center ($30 million)

    • Strength and training facilities
    • Team locker rooms and training rooms
    • Team meeting rooms
    • Technology for training and coaching
    • Technology for recruiting
    • "Wow!" space for recruiting
    • Coaches and support staff offices and conference rooms
    • Equipment facilities
    • Athletic training facilities

The UI Athletics Department is 100 percent self-supporting and, as such, receives no state tax dollars. Therefore, the entire cost of this project will be funded with private philanthropic support from fans of the Hawkeyes and friends of the UI and departmental revenues.

We anticipate the total cost to fund all of our football facility needs to be approximately $50 million.

This extraordinary commitment will position the football program at the UI as a national leader for many years to come. To reach this goal, we will need the continued support of all alumni, fans, and former student-athletes.


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