The paint has dried on new addition to Duke Slater Field at Iowa's Kinnick Stadium
The paint is dry and the new look has arrived. When the Hawkeyes come out of the tunnel on Saturday, Sept. 4, they’ll be running onto Duke Slater Field at Kinnick Stadium.
Photographs of the new look to Iowa’s field emerged on Saturday as the program hosted Kid’s Day. Iowa announced that it would be renaming its field after Slater last month.
Slater was the first Black student-athlete in school history to be named an All-American. He was a tackle for the Iowa football team from 1918-21. He was also a three-time All-B1G selection and participated in track and field.
Below are the images:
Good morning from Kinnick with a new look to the field. pic.twitter.com/GZY25qeGWp
— Tom Kakert (@HawkeyeReport) August 14, 2021
Duke Slater Field pic.twitter.com/WMGyK1CVYo
— NLMKU (@nlmku_LWOS) August 14, 2021
In July, the Iowa Board of Regents approved the renaming of the field to honor Slater.
“We are proud and honored to name the Kinnick Stadium playing field as Duke Slater Field,” said athletic director Gary Barta. “Much has been written about Duke’s incredible history and the boundaries he broke. With the addition of the relief statue as part of the north endzone project and his recent induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, this was a proper capstone to honor a remarkable Hawkeye. As the description on the relief statue states ‘His life in football and beyond was defined by triumph and relentless breaking of boundaries.’”
Slater was the first Black player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a member of the 1951 class. He is also in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
After his career at Iowa concluded, Slater went on to have a 10-year career in the NFL, playing on both sides of the football.