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Tomorrow's UNI-Dome

In the nearly five decades since it opened in 1976, our UNI-Dome has become so much more than just a building. The UNI-Dome has seen occasional updates and improvements, but never the kind of comprehensive renewal envisoned now. It's time to renovate and renew our UNI-Dome to serve our fans, athletes, community, state and nation for the next generation.

Elevating the Fan Experience

Phase 1

  • Football team meeting room
  • Roof replacement
  • West addition with improved fan amenities and accessibility 

Phase 2

  • Infrastructure
  • Track replacement
  • Seating, bowl improvements

Phase 3

  • Graphics
  • Sound system
  • Marquee signage

The renewed UNI-Dome will:

  • Give hundreds of student-athletes a state-of-the-art facility for practice and competition, learning and leadership development
  • Give patrons a first-class experience from the moment they arrive
  • Raise the profile of Panther Athletics in the Cedar Valley, the state and the nation and compete with other athletic facilities across the country
  • Build upon the legacy established 50 years ago and continue to serve as a landmark for the community, state and region
  • Serve as an economic driver and grow the economic impact on the Cedar Valley
  • Renew its appeal for the next generation — offering fans, visitors, student-athletes, events and organizers a compelling destination in the heart of our community

Built by and for the community

The UNI-Dome isn’t just a UNI landmark. It’s a vital part of the quality of life and economic strength of the Cedar Valley and the state of Iowa. (Figures are based on 2019 data.)

  • 40+ single and multi-day community events hosted annually
  • $17 million annual economic impact
  • 500,000+ annual visitors to the Dome
  • 200,000+ annual visitors from outside Black Hawk County

UNI-Dome Renovation in the news

See the latest.

Largest gift in UNI Athletics' history boosts UNI-Dome renovation
$50 million UNI-Dome campaign announced
Iowa High School Athletic Association pledges support for UNI-Dome renovation

Fundraising Goals

It's time to renew the UNI-Dome for the next generation. The total cost of the project is estimated at $50 million: Phase 1 is estimated at $20 million with over half already raised. Phase 2 is also estimated at $20 million while Phase 3 is estimated at $10 million. Multiple naming opportunities are available and can be accessed through the UNI-Dome renovation website

125 Years of UNI Football logo-1895 to 2023

‌Since the first season of football at the Iowa State Normal School in 1895, Panther football has built a legacy few programs around the country can match. With 31 conference championship seasons, nearly 700 wins all-time and 22 FCS playoff appearances, UNI football has built a historic resume with legendary athletes, iconic coaches and unforgettable memories. In 2023, the Panthers honor that legacy with the playing of their 125th season on the gridiron!

Learn more about UNI Football's 125th anniversary