AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Athletics Department unveiled its plan Wednesday to name the field at Jack Trice Stadium, MidAmerican Energy Field, beginning this fall at its first home game vs. South Dakota State on Sept. 1.
The partnership between the ISU Athletics Department and MidAmerican Energy Company will include support of the new Student-Athlete Performance Center that was approved by the Board of Regents in April, 2018. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2019 on the new state-of-the-art center that will be located northwest of the Jack Trice Stadium.
“MidAmerican Energy’s commitment will directly benefit all Cyclones athletes who pass through the doors of the new Student-Athlete Sports Performance Center,” Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard said. “The state-of-the-art complex will further enhance Iowa State’s commitment to provide excellent facilities for all of its student-athletes, both academically and athletically.”
That pledge towards excellence is something MidAmerican Energy Company relishes as well.
“We are proud to support the culture of excellence that embodies Iowa State University and parallels that of MidAmerican Energy,” said Adam Wright, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy. “Helping Iowa State enhance its student-athletes’ ability to perform at the highest level of competition through this new center and the university’s other world-class programs also helps in the development of our future workforce – and is something that is very important to us.”
The Student Performance Center will include construction of a new student-athlete academic and sports nutrition center, expansion of the Bergstrom Football Complex and redeveloping the north entrance and hillside seating at Jack Trice Stadium. The complex will be adjacent to the Bergstrom Football Complex. A grand plaza/stadium entrance will occupy the footprint currently occupied by the Olsen Building.
The stadium will continue to be named Jack Trice Stadium, named in honor of the first African-American student-athlete in Cyclone history. Trice passed away from injuries suffered in a 1923 game at Minnesota.
“Jack Trice is one of the most prominent football players in Iowa State history and we hold his memory in great regard,” Iowa State University President Dr. Wendy Wintersteen said. “Jack Trice Stadium is the only Division I FBS stadium in the nation named for an African-American and his legacy is foundational to our institution.”
On-field, scoreboard and stadium signage will soon reflect the new partnership between the University and MidAmerican Energy.