The Iowa Board of Regents approved a couple of sports-related projects during their meeting in Iowa City Wednesday. The regents gave the University of Iowa the “green light” to build an indoor golf training center. The facility will be located at the Finkbine golf course.
Iowa athletic director Garta Barta says the facility is consistent with what they’ve done over the last five years as part of the strategic plan, such as the upgrade of Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Kinnick Stadium, the boathouse and tennis facility. Barta says the $1.8-million project will be paid for by private funds.
The aproval comes just days after the Hawkeyes mens’ golf team tied for tenth at the NCAA Championships, the highest finish in the history of the program.
The board also approved a plan by Iowa State University to build a new facility to house the Cyclone football program. I.S.U. athletic director Jamie Pollard who says the project is a continuation of the investment in their infrastructure. He says the new two-story building will include locker rooms, training facilities as well as coaches offices and will be hooked to the current facility.
Pollard says the current building is about 50 years old and the football program has outgrown it. He says they will be able to use the building for other sports once football moves out. The $20.6 million project is expected to be completed by the start of the 2012 season.