Two Iowa businessmen have pledged ten million dollars to the Iowa football program for the renovation and expansion of administrative and training facilities.Bruce Rastetter of Alden is giving five million dollars to the project which will include upgrades to offices and lockerrooms as well as renovation of the indoor practice facility.
Rastetter says with Iowa being a small state, that makes it more challenging for recruiting, and first-class facilities are needed to keep up.Rastetter says the upgrades are needed to keep the Iowa program competitive. He says when you see some of the facilities around the country, Iowa is not going to be able to compete without an updgrade.
Des Moines businessman Dick Jacobson also pledged five million dollars to the project. He recently made a similar commitment to Iowa State for renovations to Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa athletic director Gary Barta says this will complete an upgrade for the football program that included new outdoor practice facilities and a renovation of Kinnick Stadium.
Barta says the improvements will give Iowa facilities as good as anyone in the country. Barta says the project includes two different phases, but the goal is to do it all at once.