Construction is completed on Kirkeby-Over Stadium (KO) located on the south campus. Augustana's new football venue provides seating for approximately 4,200 fans on the west stands and another 2,000 on the east bleachers. An additional 800 fans can be accommodated on the grass berms behind the north and south end zones. The stadium was designed for the ultimate fan experience. While some football stadiums accomodate a soccer field or track or even both, KO Stadium is a football-only facility with the sidelines just 30 feet from the stands providing up close viewing.
The Vikings opened their inaugural season in the stadium on Saturday, September 5 with a win against Emporia State University (KS).
This $11 million facility has been made possible by the generosity of Bob and Kari Hall and others who have long dreamed of bringing football back to campus after a 52-year hiatus. The Vikings played their home games at Howard Wood Field on the city's north side since 1956.
Sitting atop the seating on the west side are nine suites on the first level. On the upper level, there are two additional suites, press boxes for radio, television and print media, home and visiting coaching staffs, statisticians, scoreboard/video board operations and public address announcer. Located underneath the stands on the west side will be the Kirby Golf Center, an indoor practice facility, which will double as the visitor locker room.
Right behind the south end zone is the newest generation Daktronics scoreboard that measures 67' wide by 39' feet high. It contains a high-definition video screen.
Visitors to the site proclaim that, next to the University of Minnesota's new TCF Bank Stadium and other regional major Division I college football stadiums in Iowa and Nebraska, KO is the finest outdoor football stadium in a five-state area. When combined with existing Ronken and Bowden Fields (baseball and softball), the indoor Bill Hall Baseball/Softball Complex (opened 2008), the Elmen Center, Hall Football Complex and Sanford Practice Gymnasium (opened 2007), new Soccer Field (opened Fall 2009), the Heuther Tennis Centre (opened October 2009) and a plan for the Larson Track and Field Complex, Augustana will have one of the top on-campus athletic complexes in the upper midwest and in all of NCAA Division II.
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