No open practice for Iowa this spring due to turf replacement, Hawkeyes provides alternative
Fans hoping to see Iowa on the field this spring won’t have that opportunity, the school announced on Tuesday.
Due to a turf replacement project, the Hawkeyes have to alter their plans to host its traditional spring game/open practice. Instead, Iowa plans to host a “Meet the Hawks,” where fans can get autographs from players. There will also be a spring “Hawk Talk” with head coach Kirk Ferentz and play-by-play broadcaster Gary Dolphin.
The event will be held on April 20 and will be in conjunction with an Iowa baseball game. The Hawkeyes host Nebraska on the diamond that same day.
According to a release from Iowa, the turf replacement project and review of the drainage system at Kinnick Stadium is expected to last through the spring and summer. There was no specific start date given, but the project will begin when weather allows.
Iowa begins spring practice on Wednesday, March 27 and will conclude on April 26. The Hawkeyes finished the 2018 season with a 9-4 record, which included a win over Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl.
More information regarding the “Meet the Hawks” and “Hawk Talk” events is expected to come at a later time.