The third-largest stadium in the Big 12 is getting a face lift. Well, more of a nose job.
Iowa State’s Board of Regents approved renovations to the north entrances of Jack Trice Stadium and additions to the Bergstrom Indoor Practice Facility. As reported by CycloneFanatic, the practice facility upgrades include a new 12,000 square foot locker room and a new lounge/gathering area near the original main entrance.
Changes to the stadium include a grand plaza that would allow fans to walk around the stands in a complete circle, as well as rebuilt entrance gates running beneath the plaza. The biggest change will happen to the two hillside seating areas up from each corner of the north end zone.
Although nothing officially has been said about impact these plans will have on overall capacity, if the new plaza runs through the uppermost portions of the hillside areas then a slight reduction is likely. The cheapest seats by far, the hillsides are a remnant of the stadium’s original layout from 1975. In recent years it has an often speculated topic among ISU faithful as to when the hillsides will give way to a completely bowled-off stadium.
The first step in that direction was the 2014 replacement of the south end zone hillsides with a two-story clubhouse building and the linkage of the east and west concourses. With a $60 million price tag, the 2014 upgrades reconfigured Jack Trice in a “U” shape. Iowa State Athletics estimates this next round of upgrades to cost somewhere between $65 and $80 million. Be it for nostalgia fuzzies or financial necessity, fans of the Jack Trice hillsides should enjoy them while they can, for they are one future renovation away from becoming history.