IOWA CITY — University of Iowa officials have discussed adding permanent lights to Kinnick Stadium, but not in the immediate future, Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta said Tuesday.
Musco Lighting provides portable lights when Iowa has night or late-afternoon football games. This year Iowa has one scheduled night game — Oct. 15 vs. Northwestern — but Kinnick Stadium would require lights should home November games against Michigan or Michigan State start at 2:30 p.m.
“”The way the Big Ten is set up right now, all the costs for bringing in lighting is part of the TV contract. So the University of Iowa isn’t paying for it directly,” Barta said. “We’re all paying for it indirectly through the TV contract. That’s probably why it’s been in this mode for so long and when we renovated in ’06 we didn’t do it. But it’s something we think about and have talked about doing at some point.”
The University of Michigan added permanent lights to Michigan Stadium this year for $1.8 million. The cost for permanent lighting at Kinnick Stadium is undetermined.
“We don’t have any absolute, ‘Here’s when we’re doing it.’ I could see it happening eventually,” Barta said. “When you look at your master planning, that’s when you talk about it. If we’re ever going to do anything else to the stadium in the next five years and whatever else with the facilities, it’s part of the discussion as to when and if we do it.”