Iowa's Football Practice "Bubble" to be Deflated

Snow falls outside of the Indoor Practice Facility known as the "Bubble" Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 at the Hayden Fry Football Complex on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

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By Lauren Peikoff

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa football team's indoor-practice facility will be deflated before it is demolished.

The 27-year-old practice facility known as "the Bubble" for its inflatable white cover that whips in the wind will be deflated Friday morning.

The university is building a new indoor practice venue for the team nearby, and demolishing the old one to make way for a new children's hospital, a new transportation center and employee parking.

"The Bubble" has been a campus landmark because of its noteworthy appearance and a practice home for a generation of Hawkeyes. But university officials say its high energy usage, safety concerns and the need to modernize football facilities meant its time was up.

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