Friday, August 19, 2011

Kid's Day - Iowa Hawkeyes Football

August 13, 2011

Today was Kids Day at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City to watch the Iowa Hawkeye football team in action! Since Oliver will be a Kid Captain at the September 17th home game vs. Pittsburgh, all of the families were invited for a special tour of the stadium and fun photo ops!

Right after we arrived. Waiting for the tour.

In their locker room. I loved the big Tigerhawk on the floor!


All of the Kid Captains. You can read all about them HERE.

Good advice for life I think...

The Pink Locker Room at

Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium

By , Guide

Iowa's Kinnick Stadium is home to a unique visitor's locker room—painted almost entirely in pink.
Teams that visit Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium don’t just have to deal with Kirk Ferentz’s Hawkeyes, or the usually insane Kinnick crowds, or late-season weather that can range from bad to miserable.

They also have to deal with … the pink locker room.

Yes, the visitor’s locker room at Kinnick is painted pink. The walls are pink. The floors are pink. The toilets are pink. It’s pink everywhere.

The locker room is beloved and controversial. And at least according to one Iowa coaching legend, it is a big key to Iowa’s home-field success.

Gridiron Psychology

The pink locker room was the brainchild of legendary Iowa coach Hayden Fry.

Fry was a psychology major at Baylor University, and once read that the color pink can have a calming effect on people.

So after he arrived at Iowa, Fry ordered pink for Kinnick’s visiting locker room. Some say Fry actually believed the color would calm his team’s opponents. Others believe he just wanted to mess with their heads.

As Fry wrote in his book, “A High Porch Picnic”: “When I talk to an opposing coach before a game and he mentions the pink walls, I know I've got him. I can't recall a coach who has stirred up a fuss about the color and then beat us."

Bo Hates Pink

Among the coaches who were annoyed by the pink locker room was Michigan’s Bo Schembechler.

By most accounts, Schembechler absolutely hated the locker room, going so far as to have his staff bring along paper from Michigan to cover the walls when his team played there. His efforts didn’t always work, however: Under Schembechler, Michigan was just 2-2-1 at Kinnick.

An Unexpected Controversy

As part of a massive renovation of Kinnick Stadium in 2004, the pink locker room got even pinker, as pink lockers, toilets and showers were installed to go along with the pink walls.

That didn’t sit well with some Iowa law professors and students, who in 2005 protested the locker room on the grounds that it reinforced stereotypes of women and homosexuals as weak. They charged that by having the pink locker room, Iowa was endorsing discrimination of those groups.

The protests caused a stir for a while, but public opinion seemed strongly in favor of the tradition. As Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins wrote that year: “I'm sure I should be more upset about the pink decor in the visitors' dressing room at Iowa. But as it happens, my violent knee-jerk reaction is that it's merely funny. If the armies of feminism want to change my thinking on that, they're going to have to slap electrodes to my pretty little forehead and zap me until I stop giggling.”

The pink locker room remains pink today.

And yes, pink... actually, 'dusty rose' urinals!

Eden helping carry Phineas.

Where the players come out onto the field.

The kids with "Herky". Evidently Finny isn't so fond of mascots. He's clinging onto Eden for dear life!

With the Hawkeye cheerleaders.

This is a mini version of the posters that will be put up around the hospital. :O)

We looked out the window to see the long lines forming to get into Kids Day.

Finny just loves to eat condiments. It's like his finger is a 'Fun Dip' stick!


Ollie and Papa

Me and Ed

LOVE this pic of Edes!

Ollie and Mama

Outside Kinnick Stadium

Ollie's favorite player from last year, Adrian Clayborn, who now plays for Tampa Bay.


Rachael M said...

How fun! I love all the family photos in your Hawkeye gear. Did you get to keep a copy of the Oliver poster? Where will they be on display?

I honestly think the people who made a huge deal about the pink locker room need to worry about some WAY more important things. How about they worry about finding a cure for childhood cancer?!?!?!?!

Jodi said...

I missed this one too!

What great pictures!!! And looked like a day to remember!!

My son's girlfriend is making Ollie a Hawkeyes bracelet with his name on it :)

Krista said...

I agree with Rachel...oh and I love Finny's finger dip!
I was just at the hospital down there with Niki and Kate and we tried to find Ollie's picture, but couldn't. We assumed it would be in the pediatrics part.

I am so glad he is able to do all this! and with his family!!!