Project update on the stadium south green space

Fans arriving for the season's first football game on Saturday, Sept. 2, will notice a new park area is under construction immediately south of Jack Trice Stadium.

The primary construction area is located between stadium parking lots S2 and S3, both of which remain open for use. When it's completed, the park area will include a water fountain; extensive plantings of trees, grasses, shrubs and flowers; and paved walks through the green space connecting the stadium and Reiman Gardens. A more prominent sign will welcome and direct visitors to the gardens.

Construction will continue through the football season and completion of the project is planned for next summer. Its $11.5 million cost is funded by ISU athletic facilities bonds, the athletics department, private gifts and university funds.

The construction contractor is Henkel Construction Co., Mason City. The designer is RDG Planning and Design, Des Moines.

This work is the last part of the third phase of improvements to Jack Trice Stadium. Previous work made a variety of improvements inside and outside the stadium, enclosed the south end, added an indoor club facility and increased the seating capacity to 61,500.