Inside look at where the Hawkeyes lounge, meet and eat

See 'the safe haven for guys if they want to come and hang out'

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The first part of the Iowa recruiting tour took you inside where a lot of the physical work gets done for the Hawkeyes football program. Now let's go back inside the Stew and Lenore Hansen Football Performance Center to see some other aspects including the team dining hall, a nice player's lounge and the team meeting room.

"Any time Coach Ferentz would address our team, it's gonna take place in here," Iowa Football Director of Recruiting Tyler Barnes said. "Defense will sit on our left here, offense will sit on our right here. The beauty is we can take a little key, turn it, and drop a divider down right in here." 

The team room is also used on official visits for a player panel with recruits and their parents -- without coaches around. 

"They can ask anything they want, from questions about the team, Iowa City, the community. Anything they want to know, they can ask," Barnes said. "We don't ask them what they ask. We don't ask for any feedback." 

Another spot the guys can let their guard down within the building is the players' lounge.

"Guys will come and hang out before practice or meetings, after meetings," Barnes said. "Fall camp, this is a pretty popular room. We've got six TV's, couple of gaming TVs back there, Playstation, XBox, some computers back here for our guys if anyone needs to use computers. Again, this is kind of the safe haven for guys if they want to come and hang out." 

Also located on the second floor is the Tippie All-American Room. The space is primarily used for team meals, although players can use the room as a study area too.

The last leg of the recruiting tour takes us downstairs. Housed on the ground floor is the players' locker room, athletic training room, and the equipment room. 

"Guys can come out of the everyday locker room, if they need to get treatment or any type of taping or anything before practice, you got the athletic training room here," Barnes said. "Easy access to our weight room and then typically if we're practicing we'll go right through the countdown clock, out those doors, into our practice area whether it's inside or outside." 

The main hallway is also where the Hawks showcase some of their different threads for all recruits to see.


 
"Every teenager loves gear," Barnes said. "They love swag, if you will. We've worn a couple alternates in the past three years now. You know, our guys enjoy it, recruits obviously enjoy it and it's something that adds a little juice to what you're doing." 

This facility was built to impress, but Barnes says it's the players, coaches and staff involved with the Hawkeyes program that usually make or break the recruiting visit. 

For more Hawkeye football coverage, follow @AdamJRossow and @HawkeyeHQ on Twitter -- and now Facebook -- and Hawkeye Headquarters on OurQuadCities.com all season.


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