According to Iowa O-line coach Brian Ferentz’s Twitter feed, the Hawkeyes will hold an open football practice this spring in West Des Moines.
Here’s the tweet:
All #Hawkeyes in western Iowa need to clear their calanders on April 20th. We'll be holding an open practice in West Des Moines! Roll call?— Brian Ferentz (@CoachBFerentz) March 4, 2013
I would assume West Des Moines Valley and Valley Stadium for April 20th. Open practice is what it is. I would imagine Iowa would have an autograph session afterward.
Here’s a link on Valley Stadium, an 8,000 seat facility and, as far as I know, the largest high school stadium in Iowa.
From Rdg Planning and Design:
Designed with flexibility in mind, this 8,000-seat stadium meets the needs for football, soccer, marching band competitions, outdoor concerts, hosting regional and state field events, and more. Mindful of its residential neighbors, the stadium’s lighting uses special cut off baffles to direct light toward the field and away from neighbors. To minimize the vertical height of the stadium, a partial earthen bowl was created with the lower seating deck constructed on the sloping bank. The economical aluminum plank and galvanized steel construction is enhanced with brick piers, concrete sign panels, elevator tower, support areas, and large graphics which screen the underside of the seating.
Iowa would then have its April 27 open practice at Kinnick Stadium, I presume.
I’m sorry I don’t have more info. This is going off one tweet.
The Des Moines I-Club had a recent recruiting event with recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson and former defensive coordinator Norm Parker and people who were there told me attendance wasn’t what it has been.
It could be to raise Iowa’s presence in central Iowa.
Iowa State athletics director Jamie Pollard has put up billboards in Cedar Rapids. Maybe this is an answer to that.
Or maybe both.
My colleague and podcast partner Scott Dochterman wrote about Iowa recruiting in Des Moines.
Here’s the link.
Here’s the quote (from Eric Johnson):
“We’re trying to figure that out,” Johnson said. “Those are people that we felt very strongly about, and it’s disappointing to us. Maybe I’m saying too much, but it’s disappointing to us when we don’t get those kids because our program is always built on in-state kids. We’re built from the inside out. When we don’t get the heart of our state, that’s disappointing to us as a team.”
And, yes, this is the same day at Iowa State’s spring football game in Ames.
Shot . . . has . . . been . . . fired.