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UI looks to upgrade Kinnick security system

[ 1 ] May 16, 2011 |

The University of Iowa is working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on upgrades to the security system at Kinnick Stadium.

Chuck Green, the director of the UI Department of Public Safety, said the possible upgrades come after an audit from the Department of Homeland Security showed that improvements could be made to the existing system.

He said Homeland Security has conducted audits at a handful of outdoor venues in Iowa, including Jack Trice Stadium at Iowa State University in Ames and the Iowa Speedway in Newton, during the past decade.

Officials from ISU and the Iowa Speedway did not immediately return calls for comment.

“Since 9/11, Homeland Security has assisted counties and cities in looking at these things, and Kinnick is the largest outdoor venue in the state of Iowa. We look to their expertise to see if we can do things better security-wise,” Green said.

Kinnick has had security cameras since 2006.

“Technology has improved since then,” Green said. “We’re looking at a total review of the type of cameras, where they’re located, and how that can be improved.”

Green declined to comment on how many cameras are at the stadium or where they are located.

Public Safety is looking at several different options for upgrades that run between $30,000 and $100,000, Green said. UI has applied for a grant from the federal agency to help cover those costs.

“We’re hoping we can make all the improvements before this fall, before the first game, but we’re not certain of that,” he said. “We’ll do it in phases if we have to.”

Iowa opens its season on Sept. 3, playing host to Tennessee Tech.

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