Fingers crossed, but it appears things will be a go in Iowa City this weekend.
Tuesday evening, a storm system blew through Iowa City and surrounding areas that dumped a significant amount of rain in a very brief period of time. So significant, in fact, that a sizable portion of the Kinnick Stadium playing surface was underwater.
With Iowa set to kick off the 2018 regular season Saturday against Northern Illinois, there was some concern about Kinnick’s turf field being playable and safe for competition. In a statement Tuesday night, the athletic department said it would continue to evaluate the playing surface.
Wednesday night, the department offered another update that seemed to indicate optimism for Saturday’s game.
Due to the severe storms and heavy rain that passed through Iowa City on Tuesday evening, water covered portions of the playing surface at Kinnick Stadium, which left some mud and gravel in a small area near the northwest corner of the field. The issue was caused by the significant amount of rain in a short time, in and around Kinnick Stadium, and was not related to the Kinnick Edge construction project in the north end zone.
UI athletics department and facility management staff and representatives from Field Turf will work to restore and clean the entire playing surface in the next 24 to 48 hours so that the weather events of Tuesday evening will have no interference with Saturday’s football game with Northern Illinois (2:40 p.m., BTN).