Internet Test Page Reveals Proposed Details for 2014 Kinnick Reseating

By Marc Morehouse, Reporter

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa’s reseating plan for Kinnick Stadium in 2014 will introduce a new “level of financial support.”

The “Kinnick Society Gold” will get you everything from your primo spot on the Kinnick seating chart to priority parking to an invitation to dinner with Iowa athletics director Gary Barta.

The cost for that is $15,000 a year.

This was one of the proposed details revealed on the national I-Club test website for the ’14 reseating. There may or may not be some fluctuation when it’s officially introduced. (Click here for the site.)

So, beyond the cost of season tickets (set at $388 for the general public next season), there will be for most season-ticket holders a “minimum annual per-seat contribution” ranging from $600 to $50 and priority points slotting, which ranges from $50 to $15,000 and the Kinnick Society Gold level.

Obviously, the Kinnick Gold Society isn’t not for everyone. According to the website, all but one level of financial support will increase for the 2014 reseating, which Barta told The Gazette last spring would happen. I-Club membership remains $50, but thereafter all levels increase, with the biggest jump at the Kinnick Society level. That was the top level before the “Kinnick Society Gold.” It jumps from $7,500 to $10,000.

Just as the last reseating in 2006, Kinnick seating again will require a “minimum annual per-seat contribution.” This does count toward annual I-Club recognition levels.

Kinnick also again will be broken up into zones for the 2014 reseat. Zone I is between the 35-yard lines on either side of the 50 and will require a minimum of $600 per-seat contribution. Zone II contributions start at $400, Zone III at $200 and Zone IV at $50.

The north end zone seats, half of the upper area of the south end zone (the east half, not given to the student section) and three end zone sections are the only in Kinnick that do not require a minimum annual seat contribution.

Beyond the minimum seat contribution, you’ll be seated by a “priority points system,” a concept that also was introduced to Iowa fans in 2006.

For each year you’ve bought season tickets, you’ll be awarded 3 points. For your I-Club membership, you’ll get 1 point. That builds from Century Hawk (3 points) to Kinnick Society Gold (100 points).

The UI is counting gifts and pledges given to the Iowa football legacy campaign toward priority points.

Iowa is in phase II of the legacy campaign. This phase covers the construction of the new “football operations center,” which will be located adjacent to the recently completed indoor practice facility. It’s 76,000 square feet on two levels and will feature “a strength training area; team locker rooms; team meeting rooms; state-of-the-art technology for training, coaching, and recruiting; an athletic training room; recruiting/public space dedicated to the history and success of Hawkeye football; coaches and support staff offices; conference rooms; and an equipment room.”

The operations center is tentatively planned to be completed in the fall of 2014 with an estimated cost of $35 million.

The reseating timeline begins June 30, 2013. This will be the final day to make a gift toward priority points and “to establish I-Club membership level for the 2014 reseating of Kinnick,” according to the I-Club brochure.

The next day, July 1, 2013, the new I-Club membership levels take effect. In October, priority points information will be mailed to football season ticket holders on gifts received by the June deadline for 2014. In December, the Iowa athletic tickets office will mail final instructions for reseating process and seat-selection date and time slots.

In January/February of 2014, season ticket holders will choose ticket locations at assigned times. June 30, 2014 will be the last day to make per-seat minimum gifts. And then in August 2014, the new season-ticket locations will be implemented.

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