Prep football final four to remain at UNI-Dome

CEDAR FALLS – The state football playoff semifinals and championship games will remain in the UNI-Dome for at least the next five years.

The University of Northern Iowa and the Iowa High School Athletic Association have agreed to a five-year extension of the contract. The new agreement runs through the 2017 season.

“The University of Northern Iowa is proud to continue our long-standing relationship with the IHSAA and its member Iowa high schools,” UNI president Bill Ruud said in a statement. “The UNI-Dome is the ultimate destination for thousands of high school football players, their coaches, families and friends. We are pleased to host the playoffs at a venue that provides a positive athletic experience.

“While high school students and families are on campus this fall for the playoffs, we invite them to our Open Houses, which will provide an opportunity to tour campus, meet faculty and visit the Cedar Valley community.”

The UNI-Dome has hosted the championship game since the building’s inception in 1976 and the semifinal rounds since 1998.

Rick Wulkow, executive director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association and UNI athletic director Troy Dannen agreed to the extension, which will ensure the semifinal and championship rounds of the football playoffs will remain at the dome.

“Each year the UNI-Dome staff and UNI athlectics look forward to putting our best foot forward and providing a venue that exceeds championship standards,” Dannen said in a statement. “We look forward to continuing the partnership between the Iowa High School Athletic Association and UNI athletics.”

“For the past 37 years our high schools, their players, coaches and fans have come to equate the UNI-Dome as the destination for the season,” said Wulkow in a statement. “The facilities are excellent and UNI’s administration and the UNI-Dome staff have been great hosts and partners in accommodating our teams, players and fans while removing weather as a game factor.”

This year’s semifinals are slated for Nov. 14-16 and the championship games on Nov. 21-22.