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Iowa State Plans To Enclose Jack Trice Stadium End Zone, Aims For '15 Completion

An enclosing of Jack Trice Stadium’s south end zone is "finally coming" for Iowa State Univ. thanks to a $25M "'lead gift' from Reiman Publications founders Roy and Bobbi Reiman," according to Rob Gray of the Cedar Rapids GAZETTE. ISU AD Jamie Pollard said that "bowling in the south end zone wouldn’t necessarily translate to increasing ... capacity beyond the current 56,800." He added that the project will "be submitted to the Regents in February." Gray noted it is hoped the south end zone could be enclosed "by the start of" the '15 football season and to "remain on that schedule, construction would have to begin after" the '14 season. Pollard also stressed that the completion of a lower bowl is "only part of a larger vision to enhance the attractiveness of an area that already includes the nearby Reiman Gardens" (Cedar Rapids GAZETTE, 11/26). In Des Moines, Randy Peterson wrote fundraising is "ongoing -- and will be that way until the still to be determined price tag is reached, and don’t bet against it happening." Peterson: "An educated guess would put the cost in the neighborhood of $50 million" (DES MOINES REGISTER, 11/26).
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