|Location||2401 Hudson Road|
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614
|Broke ground||July 26, 1974|
|Opened||February 7, 1976|
|Owner||University of Northern Iowa|
|Operator||University of Northern Iowa|
|Construction cost||$7.5 million|
($NaN in 2020 dollars)
|Structural engineer||Geiger-Berger Associates|
|General Contractor||John G. Miller Construction Company|
|Tenants||UNI Panthers Football (1976–present)|
UNI Panthers Men's Basketball (1976–2006)
UNI Panthers Women's Basketball (1978–2006)
UNI Panthers Wrestling (1976–2006)
UNI Panthers Volleyball (1978–2006)
UNI-Dome (pronounced "YOU-nih-dome") is a multi-purpose stadium, on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. It opened in 1976, as the home of the UNI Panthers basketball and football teams. The facility's capacity for football is 16,324. For basketball, its official capacity is 10,000; however, it has seated as many as 22,000 for events such as the 1990 Mid-Continent Conference men’s basketball tournament and the 1997 NCAA Division I National Wrestling Championships. It has been the home of the Iowa State High School football championships, since 1976 and has hosted junior college football bowl games, wrestling, track and field, softball, concerts and conventions.
In 1994, the air-supported roof collapsed in a snowstorm. Since this had occurred on numerous occasions before, it was replaced by a more permanent metal roof. On November 18, 2006, the McLeod Center opened for basketball, volleyball, and wrestling. The McLeod Center is directly south of the UNI-Dome and connected by a covered walkway. The UNI-Dome attendance record for football is 17,190, which was set on October 17, 2009, during a Panthers homecoming game against the Southern Illinois Salukis.
The UNI-Dome's roof has been most recently renovated late summer 2010 due to damages during a high wind storm. The cost of the renovation was close to $4 million. The storm knocked down trees, power lines and roofs all over Cedar Falls. The University of Northern Iowa campus lost 20% of its 100+-year-old trees that cover the campus.
The UNI-Dome received a new HD video board for the start of the 2008 football season. The board replaced an aging, and many times malfunctioning video board. Much of the cost of the new video board was donated by the Iowa High School Athletic Association, which hosts their state football semi-finals and finals in the UNI-Dome each year for all classes. Northern Iowan article
In 2014, the UNI-Dome had a 100'X 27' video board installed at the south end. The existing video board has replaced the north end scoreboard. All this was made possible with a grant from the Black Hawk Gaming Assoc., plus a very generous gift. This video board is the second largest in FCS football. 
The Dome has also hosted professional wrestling events, as well as concerts by bands such as 3 Doors Down, Fuel, Pink Floyd, Oleander, Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean (2015), and Nelly.
During the academic year, during hours when the athletic teams are not using the Dome, it is open to the public. Many students and others with UNI connections will come to the Dome to run or walk the stairs and the concourse. The UNI-Dome hosts Winter and Spring graduation ceremonies as well.
At football games, where cold temperatures are frequently an issue for fans, the UNI-Dome announcers have a tradition during pre-game rituals. The announcers will announce the weather in the town where the visiting team is from, and then will say "The temperature in Cedar Falls, no wind, 72 degrees, Welcome to the UNI-DOME!" to emphasize the fact that a domed stadium is not affected as much by the weather. As of December 1, 2014, the Panthers have a home record of 196-50-1.
References[edit | edit source]
- UNI Dome History
- Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2008. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved December 7, 2010.